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Re: Toyota front axle on a jeep ?
Are you talking about a cruiser front or a P/U front end? P/U axles are all fairly stout and most come with 4.10 gears and a few have 4.30 gears(84-84 's with the auto tranny). They are about wide track width and are set up for spring over, stock hubs are nearly bullet proof. the 6 lug pattern can be changed but can run up the costs, or you can swap in a Waggy rear axle to get a six lig pattern. To swap it in you'll need to buy some new steering arms ($200), since the toy uses push pull type setup stock. Also Longfields cost about $300 for new ones with no core. They are needed if you are going to lock it up and wheel it hard with 35 or larger tires. The turning radius of a toy axles also is not as sharp as an open knuckle design. The advantages are it has better ground clearance than a 44, virtually all came with 4.10 gears, stronger stock hubs, and they are fairly cheap. If you can buy steering arms and Longfields for cheaper than regearing a 44 then it might be worth it, otherwise IMHO a 44 would be the better choice. I'm going thru this right now since I have to put new axles in my CJ. I've got 2 toy rear housings and 1 front, but I'm still looking around for a wrecked waggy to pull the axles from.