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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-11-2003, 12:51 AM
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Front axle Mate For rear 8.8 on CJ

I have been doing quite a bit of reading lately on the 8.8 axle swap. Has anybody ever done this in a CJ? I don't do anything too hardcore with my 78 CJ-7, but I like the exta strength, wider stance, and price, etc. What axle would be a good mate to the 8.8 in the front? I just got my tax refunds back and want to start spending some money soon, any advice/comment would be very nice. THanks
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Re: Front axle Mate For rear 8.8 on CJ

A late model D30 that is reverse cut from a YJ/TJ/XJ would compliment that pretty well (size too). Find one that is reverse cut, 297 u-joints, and throw in some alloy shafts, and you are close to the strength of a standard cut d44...
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Re: Front axle Mate For rear 8.8 on CJ

I would choose different rear axle.

Staying with a 30, even a late model, would be a lot of work (especially since the pumpkin's on the wrong side). That would require a new tcase too.

Also, going to an 8.8 goes to a less desirable 5 on 4.5" pattern. That prevents you from using internal lockout hubs up front.

The 8.8 is ideal in a wrangler due to the wheel bolt pattern matching. It's a great axle in a wrangler, but not really for a CJ.
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Re: Front axle Mate For rear 8.8 on CJ

If I had a CJ-7 and I was going looking for some stronger axles I think I would go with good old D44s. Maybe if you want some real beef, you could get a HD D44 up front, and a D60 Rear. The D60, or rear D44 could come from a Waggie, or an older Jtruce (60) and you can get the Front D44, or HD 44 From a Pre 79 waggie, or cherokee, or the HD from a chebby truck or old J truck.
You say you are not into anything too hardcore... I would go with standard 6 lug D44s, front and rear. I got a set just like the ones you would need for a couple hundred bucks. Good luck.
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Re: Front axle Mate For rear 8.8 on CJ

Also don't rule out the Ford 9" That can be made into quite an axle.
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Re: Front axle Mate For rear 8.8 on CJ

Don't rule out that .219 wall driveshaft/skidplate combo to go with that 9".
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Re: Front axle Mate For rear 8.8 on CJ

I forgot about the problem with the diff on the other side... oh well, could always use it as an excuse to get an atlas.... that's what I did [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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