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doing axle swap need help
I am currently swapping a dana 44 into the front of my CJ SUA, in place of the stock dana 30. Today I began mounting up springs, and noticed that the U bolts are not the same for the dana 30 and 44. So I cant continue tonight. If the ubolts are a different sixe then the plate that goes under the spring (SUA) is going to be the wrong size. So then i thought I could use the waggy plates, but waggy has 3" springs so they wont fit my 2.5" springs.
So my question is I seems like this would be an approprite time to step up to 3" front springs, but I dont have any 3" leaf springs with the correct lift to match my rear springs. So could I use stock waggy or YJ leafs SOA in the front and leave the rear SUA( for now to keep this simple). Would this work SOA front SUA rear? What about steering, I cant afford flat top knuckles and a high steer setup. Can a SOA be done just using a drop pitman arm and adjusting the drag link?
I guess I could just get new ubolts and make new plates, but it would be cool to go to 3" wide springs and maybe soa.
Thanks any advise is appreciated.