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Re: CJ Axle swap Scout or Wagoneer
I just went through a similiar swap....
I used a 79 scout II rear dana 44 and a 77 Cherokee front d44. I cut 5 inches off the long side and 2.5 off of the short side to match the rear. I changed the lug pattern, did the cross over steering and everything else that goes with this project. I am pleased with the overall width too.
I am currently working on the brake problem that I now have because of the larger front calipers. You'll need an adjustabel proportioning valve for the rear line. I picked mine up from TSM for $49.
Be prepared to spend a lot of $$$ too!!!
It would be easier to get a waggie front end 79 or earlier and swap that in then it is to use a scout front dana 44. You'll need to outboard your springs and rotate the knuckles in order to gain the correct caster for a CJ. If you use a waggie front end you just need to cut the long side, and the springs can stay in their stock location.