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Re: Is my gear ratio too low?
I replied this on my post on trac loc clutch replacment, and thought that this is relevant here also, so give me your thoughts.
So I get to thinking about this, bummed that the search is down, what if I....
Scrap my current axles, put no money into them.
1. Find a Dana 44 with higher gears then what I have (hopefully 4.10s) that is the same width as my Model 20 HD and put it in the front.
2. Use the Model 20 HD out of my 80 cherokee (with the 1 pice shafts and stronger housing) in the rear. Then match the gear ratio to the 44, and put in a lock right.
How does this sound?
My questions are:
-What vehicle would be a good donor for my front axle, dana 44, with a low gear ratio
-what would I do about steering, I want to keep this as simple as possible. Is their a 44 with a steering system that is compatible with my CJ 5? Or can the parts be converted?
-What about front brakes? Is their a 44 that can be easily made to work in this area?
-What about the bolt patterns, I would rather not buy new wheels I am very limited on funds, could I either switch the Dana 30 rotors to the 44 or something to that extent? or maybe get a machine shop to fill and redrill the 44 rotors. The model 20 on my CJ and the Model 20 HD on the cherokee are mostly inerchangable? Could I put the rotors for the CJ 20 on the cherokee 20, to make it a 5 lug instead of 6?
What do you think? Advice is needed. What rigs 44 would work best for this swap. I dont plan on rushing into this, just maybe getting the parts together over the next few months then putting it all together. Please keep in mind that I am a college student on a limited budget, and I am by no means a expert mechanic, I like to think that I can usually figure most things out w/ a good repair manual, but their are not to many books on this kind of stuff. You guys seem to be my best resource. So I guess what I am trying to say is if this is going to cost me thousands or mean my Jeep will be on blocks for a year, then I wont do it.
What do you think