axle upgrade ?
Here's the deal, I have been given, a 76 GMC 4X4 with a 350, sm465 tranny, np205 case and 12bolt in the rear and Dana 44 in front. What do yall say about dropping the whole drive train in my 83 CJ-7. I have already got it sprung over with 35" mud kings, but I don't think the model 20 and the T-4 are going to handle the stress. I have been looking for a 14 bolt and a Dana 60 to swap in, but the 60's are hard to come buy and expensive. The offroading I do isn't real extreme mostly mud with the occassional rock, I don't think I really need a 1 ton drive train and I have a complete truck sitting outside. Another thing, the 44 has drive flanges, can those be changed to locking hubs, and what is the best way to get the steering right? I have pretty much made up my mind to do this, just wondering what ya think.