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Narrow vs Wide trac

Ok dumb question. I know the width difference between a narow and a wide track CJ axel, but what else is there? Do the shocks mount up differntly? I am thinking of swaping axels and I would like to make a wide track set so I can swap them into a newer jeep if I ever need to. I know this would change steering parts, but what else?
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Re: Narrow vs Wide trac

I have a wide trac jeep that I'm rebuilding and I also own a 74 CJ-5 (obviosly with a narrow trac) and I haven't torn that one down but I do think that the shocks mount in a different spot, I would definetly look further into it before swapping, but all in all, if you can weld up a new shock bracket then there should be nothing to it.
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Re: Narrow vs Wide trac

I don't know if it follows wide/narrow exactly, but on my '80 the front shock's lower stud is on the spring plate and on the '85 it is on the axle. The '85 has longer shock towers on the upper end.
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Re: Narrow vs Wide trac

The wide track axles have the lower shock mounts welded to the axle. The narrow have them as part of the spring mount pad. I'm going to use the anti-roll bar so I bought spring mounts with studs for the shocks and the links. The shock mount locations are close and the same height(use '79-shorter shocks) so I'm eyeballing it and I think the two won't interfer. If so I will just cut and grind off the axle mountings. The only steering parts that are different are the rods, they are both longer. I have 2 wide track axles painted and sitting in the garage that are going under my Jeep in the spring. I'm collecting parts through the winter.
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Re: Narrow vs Wide trac

Wide tracs also use 5 bolts to hold the lockout while the narrow use 6 bolts. If you are swapping, use the 6 bolt hubs.
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Re: Narrow vs Wide trac

If you are going from narrow to wide and have the 6 bolt narrows, swap from the knuckle out on the fronts and the backing plate out on the rears. This will get you the bigger brakes front and rear.
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I don't think the brake size change coincided with the axle width change. My '79 has the small brakes on the narrow axles. Double check the brake size first.
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Re: Narrow vs Wide trac

Big brakes were an option in '78, and it was probably the same in '79. What you find will be a matter of blind luck.
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