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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-07-2000, 10:38 AM
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CJ narrow track to wide track ? Please

I have a 79 cj7 & am buying wide track axles or it. I a wondering is it bolt in or do the springs or perches need to be relocated.
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Re: CJ narrow track to wide track ? Please

it's bolt in except the steering.. if you have the widetrack steering, it all bolts right in.. I've done the whole swap in about 3 hours

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Re: CJ narrow track to wide track ? Please

that answers another one of my questions. lol

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Re: CJ narrow track to wide track ? Please

I just did the exact same thing as you. I put '83 widetrack axles in my '77 cj5. You must use the widetrack steering linkage.
The only other issue is the front shocks. The axle has the mounting ears for the shocks, so you can either use those or use the spring plates. I used the axle mounts because it will allow me to run longer shocks. If you do this you must also use the tall shock towers. I cut my factory shock mounts off the frame and bought a set of used tall shock towers. I had to order my lift kit for a widetrack cj7 so I would get the right shocks.
Good luck. Let me know if you run into any problems.

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Re: CJ narrow track to wide track ? Please

Thank you all lots, you always seem to come through. I am learning more about this cj all the time.
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Re: CJ narrow track to wide track ? Please

i did a similar swap as well. on the front end, i cut off the axle shock mounts and used the spring plate mounts. i have a shackle reversal and the axle was hitting the shocks so i also moved the upper short mount back about eight inches on the frame. the rear i used was out of a 70 wagoneer with a 5 on 5 1/2 bolt pattern. it's only a couple inches wider than the front and only noticable with a tape measure.

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