Axle Swap Update - Now w/ PICS
This pic is the completed CJ (no brakes yet)
Ive got the '86 D44 rear with the 4" Superlift on and the 33x13.50 interco LTB's completely installed. All I've gotta say is DAMN! [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img] It looks awesome. Now I've got the front end pulled out sitting on stands next to the donor D30. I've gotta get a couple bearings for the hubs tomorrow morning. The swap from drum 6 bolt hubs to the disk 5 bolt hasnt been too bad. I'm keeping the Warn 6 bolt lockouts, and I had no idea what parts I'd have to replace. Basically everything is the same from the hub inward except for the hub itself. All the bearings, nuts, washers, seals, spindles, etc are the same. I did have to use the lug studs from the '86 in the '77 hub. Nothing too tricky though. It looked pretty impressive having 4 complete housings laying in the garage. Of course the rest of the family thinks I'm nuts. But they can't deny that the Jeep looks bad a$$ now. If all goes well, I'll be driving on Sunday. And I'll post pics tomorrow - finally getting my hands on a digital camera.
I do have one question though...I bought 4WD Hardware's wide-trac shock mounts but they don't look right - the mounting bolt is perpendicular to the bottom mount, and it looks like it isn't vertically parallel with the bottom mount. So when I got looking at the axles I noticed that the narrow-trac lower shock mount is on the spring plate. The wide-trac mount is on the top of the axle tube. So essentially, by using the narrow-trac spring plate mount, I gain the extra throw of the taller shock mounts without screwing with the new mounts, right? It looked like the 82+ shocks needed to be longer, but it's actually about the same since they moved the lower mount. Am I missing something here?