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Late 70s Blazer Dana 44 in CJ7
I searched and searched and searched some more, and haven't come up with any definite answers, so I've come to for your knowledge.
I'm doing an axle swap in a buddies 1980 CJ7, I have a 1973 Scout II Dana 44 rear axle, and a late 70s blazer front Dana 44. He wants to stay sprung under for now (so no need to do a high steer setup with flatops), so I planned on just reusing his Dana 30 outers (as I've read you can do this with the Scout II front dana 44, so I assumed it could be done with the blazer dana 44 as well). I'm planning to shorten just the long side and have the inner shaft shortened to match.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but the 1980 CJ7 uses the smaller 260 u-joint, so I need to find different stub shafts for the outers. Is there another front Dana that has the same length stub shafts but takes the larger 297/760 ujoint. Or do I need to go aftermarket alloy or something? If so, whos the best for that? Warn, Dutchman, etc.?
Thanks as always for the help.