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Re: cj7 465m 4spd &205 tc with scout axles with 4.10\'s
Sounds like a beautiful Set up to me. In fact it is very close to what I am doing with my YJ. I am going with
350/SM465/D300, and for axles I am using a Rear D44 from a 88 grand Waggie, and front D44 From a 78 Waggie. And in the rear I am going to run an ARB.
The differences that we are going to run are
1) the transfer case. You are going to go with a 205, that is a good case, but it is HUGE, and heavy, and the low range is only 1.96. If you keep you D300 you can twin stick it, and you get to keep the good 2.61 Low range. If you use the D300 and a 4.1 R&P your crawl ratio will be 70:1 And that is a beautiful thing. And also the D300 will fit under the Jeep much better. But the down side is that the SM465-D300 adaptor is about $500, but for me since I am doing the total rebuild it was worth it to do it right. A low range of 1.96 is just not very low at all.
The other place we differ is in the axles.. Again I will share what I have learned.
First off. D44's are pretty rugged, and if you are only going to run 33's they will be fine.
You say you are giong to run 44's from a Scout. For the Rear I would say that is perefect. Becasue that axle has an offset rear diff, that makes the axle shafts the same length on both sides. This is real handy, cause you only need one spare. However I would NOT run a scout front axle. They have no caster from the factory, and to set it up correctly you will need to grind off the ears, and have them turned. That is a lot of work.
I would recomend an Axle from a Waggie for the front because they came with about 5-6Deg of pos caster. Perfect for a "little Jeep". The only thing is that all waggie fronts are drivers side drop. Except for the ones that came from Pre 80 waggies.
Here is the axle you want, and why.
1974-1979 Jeep Grand Waggie front axle. They have disk breaks on the front, they have 30 spline shafts, they have the differ on the correct side, and best of all, they have flat top knuckels.
Now since you are going to the trouble of an axle swap, why not go Spring over (I am) then you can use the flat tops. IF you decided to go spring under, you can get a set of standard knuckles and sell the flat tops to offset the cost of the axle.
Well, I hope that you can use that info
And like I said since you are going to the toruble of an axle swap, go spring over and run bigger tires. A V8, heavy duty trans, strong trans case, and D44's can handle bigger than 33's. I think I am going to go spring over with 2" springs and run 36's or 37's.