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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-02-2001, 06:34 PM
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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.

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Re: axle upgrade ?

no, don't swap them axles into your CJ,
but do sell me the truck[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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Re: axle upgrade ?

I'd cut down the frame and swap a tub onto it rather than swap eveything over. Why does it have drive flanges? The NP205 is gear driven, I was under the impression the NP203 had the flanges, and in '76 it was only found behind the automatic. Yes, they can be converted to hubs easily. Was the setup swapped in? It should be fine for most wheeling.

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