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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-07-2000, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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well, i have been thinking...what about swapping a jeep cherokee front axle and suspension and graphting it onto the s-10. if you get a 4 cylinder jeep, they had 4.10 gears.... just an idea. let me know what you think....good and bad. by using a mid-sized jeep, you then wouldn't have to cut the axles. if you get one with a trailer towing package, then the rear has a dana 44 and the front dana 30 (i think). well, shoot me down on this idea.

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I think you would then have the Stage-West kit... Check http://S10-4x4.com/SFA-StageWest/ for more info on this set-up...

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Re: SFA ideas....

well the cherokees have coil front suspension with control arms and the stagewest is a leaf spring kit....don't know which would be better....probably for what i would be doing (muddin) the leaf springs would work better....i think it would be a fun project but that comes with having the right supplies and cash flow which i have neither of right now, just dreaming, getting some ides....maybe spark someone elses interest...

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You have to remember also that the Dana 30 is also the front axle on the TJ(Wrangler) and that there are manual hub kits, stronger axleshafts, a selection of gears, and especially lockers available for it. I think if you built it properly, a D30 would take a healthy small block and probably 35's if you're careful. I wish Jeep would have used Dana 44 fronts in Wranglers or Cherokees, then we'd have it made when doing a SFA conversion. I really think Mark had the right idea with the old Bronco drivetrain & suspension. easily lifted and virtually bulletproof even for a 20 yr old design. Its good to dream now when you have no cash, so that when you do you'll know exactly what you want and where to spend it all! I like the thought of an S10 cab on a fullsize 70's 4x4 chassis, maybe a blazer, v8 power, lightbody, SFA, great transfercases, and easy to lift. Done right it would be unstoppable, and unique. I dunno, it all depends on what you want to do.
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It just so happens that they discuss these very axles in the latest issue of Four Wheel&Off Road, in the very same isssue where they called S-series turds.(This coming from people who can't put a fan shroud on a Jeep to keep it from overheating!)Anyway, enough with slandering FW&ORs name.
They claim that the most desireable of these is from an XJ(Cherokee)and the 96-00 ones have the bigger U-joints(297 VS 260). The fulltime XJs lack most of the
axle disconnect B.S. and also have the reverse-rotation ring&pinion that a Wrangler or G.C. lack. The 4 cylinder Cherokees have the 4.10 gears. I think they also said that Drivetrain Direct has a kit to retrofit the 297(D44size) U -joints to replace the 260s. I've heard that Warn also sells HD axles and a manual hub kit for these too. If you look closely, a D30 kinda resembles a Ford 8.8". I don't think they made too many 4 cyl 4wd Cherokees, though especially after 1995. Hope this info helps.
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