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Join Date: May 2003
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First, the Ford front "drops" on the wrong side for your CJ. Ford uses a driver's side drop. The front output from you Jeep t-case is on the passsenger side. You would have to adapt or change transfer cases just to get a drive shaft to bolt up.
I am running Scout axles (D44s). These aren't much stronger than the Jeep axles I replaced, but they are wider. I am able to stay fairly clean on the trail, and street legal using six inch extended flares. You will not with the FS axles.
The axle build up depends on what you want to do with your Jeep. If you are more of a finesse driver with an occasional romp on the skinny pedal, I would vote option 3. There are plenty of guys running 35" tires on D30 and model 20 axles. Do the one piecers and get your gearing right. Getting the gearing right will help keep breakage down.
If you really want to gain a lot of strength, narrow the nine inch for the rear and find the correct drop front axle, some waggy's will be good donors. Keep in the mind the nine inch has a rather low pinion, I've heard guys who run a lot of rocks complain about this, otherwise, the axle would be VERY stout.
Is this the only hammer you've got?