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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-27-2002, 02:42 AM
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Axle Selection

Future plans for my 85 cj7 wide trac include 37 or 38's with ox lockers and the stock I6 beefed up. I was thinking maybe ford 9 inch frount and rear what do you think?
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 12-27-2002, 03:15 AM
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yeah a ford 9" rear is a great way to go, its light tough and durable, as for front 9" fronts arent from what ive seen as good, the one i had got popped in the pumpkin due to the thickness of the wall, I would run a 44 front from a wagoneer narrowtrack only 1.5"s longer than a widetrack cj7 but thats great you are doing a swap, good luck,.....remember measure twice cut once, keep it in mind it saved me many a time, then again ive welded and ground off the weld lots tooo,,,,,,LOL

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 12-30-2002, 09:18 AM
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i agree with skip the front 9". there was never a front 9" built from the factory. they are all custom built. while the 9" center section is beefier than a d44 they mostly use 297 axle joints which are the week link. you can opt for d60 outers on them and then it is a sweet setup but pricey. if you are looking for a front with the 297 sized axle joints then just stick with a d44. as for the rear axle the 9" is a popular and definately a good rear axle but personally i do not like them. the pinion is very low on them compared to other axles out there. this brings the drive shaft down lower for rocks to have thier way with them. some people run them with good luck so take it for what it is worth. anyway this is just my op.
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If you are thinking of running 37-38's with a locked rear then you may be wise to look for a rear D60. Do it right the first time, and you will have an axel you won't have to worry about.
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post #5 of (permalink) Old 12-30-2002, 11:47 AM
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Can you use both F&R D44's out of a wagoneer's?
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