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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-09-1999, 10:19 PM
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Why are front & rear axles different widths

I want to know why the front axles are almost always wider than the rear axles. The reason I am asking is because if I would like to put full width Dana 60s under my Jeep (if I can find them cheap) and would like to keep them the same width. I can't stand being off camber with narrow track anymore. Is it important to have a narrower rear axle than front. Can somebody explain this to me.

Tim Springer
1980 CJ7
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 11-09-1999, 11:07 PM
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Re: Why are front & rear axles different widths

a narrower rear axle tracks a little better than wider ones. you can go equal with little effect on a trail vehicle. but i wouldnt worry about an inch or so difference if you can find axles you do not have to modify.


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post #3 of (permalink) Old 11-09-1999, 11:20 PM
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Re: Why are front & rear axles different widths

Tim, the rear axles on most full size 4x4's are a little narrower than the front to help on the turning radius and tracking. Most the ones that I have seen will be a few inches shorter than the front. The new project that I am building is going to be full width so the rear on this one won't be as wide as the front either. I am going with either a 60 rear or 14 bolt and a 44 front.

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