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Re: \'80 Scout Dana 44\'s into \'81 CJ8
Yes, that is true - on a Scout II dana 44 rear, both axles are the same length and thus interchangeable.
WRT using the Scout II front, you should cut and turn the (can't think of the right name, I keep wanting to call everything a knuckle) "ears" the ball joints studs go into to have the necessary caster. Also, the steering ratio using the Scout arms is impaired, requiring some ingeniuity to overcome this. Apparently the scoutII outers are dana30 dimensions. Can you just swap back your dana 30 knuckles?
I'd like to know if a spring under axle install of a dana 44 front requires outboarding of springs in all cases. I know it's commonly done that way, but is there another way? Does it matter whether its a waggy front end, chevy, scout??