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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-27-2003, 11:07 PM
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mixing wide and narrow track axles on same Jeep?

On my old `73 F/S Blazer, "The Big Ugly", the front axle is about 5 inches wider than the rear axle. My question is, would work on an old CJ5? I think that you would gain better turning radius, and the tires would make their own tracks in the snow or mud. With a wider front end would these CJ5s track better and handle better? Come on somebody out there has tried it at least once. Thanks,




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Re: mixing wide and narrow track axles on same Jeep?

I've heard about a guy in our club that ran this combo for a while without even knowing it. I guess the previous owner had swapped in this setup. Mel85CJ knows more about this than I do. Maybe she can explain it further. The guy did not experience any problems, but I don't know if he gained anything like your asking about or not.
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Re: mixing wide and narrow track axles on same Jeep?

It should gice a better turning radius. Think of those little 3 wheelers with the single wheel in back. Same basic concept (although to an extreme).

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Re: mixing wide and narrow track axles on same Jeep?

If you like to corner fast, near the point of sliding the tires, you will probably get some strange handling dynamics. In a Jeep? Is he NUTZ?

As for the tires following separate tracks, I had a really bad experience in my Chevy shortbed 4X4 trying to follow a bunch of Jeeps and rally cars down forest trails in a foot and a half of snow. The track of the Chevy was about a foot wider than between the centers of the ruts, and the tires would just barely fit between the outsides of the ruts. When either front tire kissed the edge of a rut, it dug in and tried mightily to turn that way. That's when I decided to get another Jeep.

I would think that having the tires follow in the same tracks would be a distinct advantage in most cases. Just a guess, though.
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