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Caster of GWaggy 44 for SOA Conversion??

Okay, I've been wondering. Am I going to have to rotate the knuckles on my front D44 to get the caster right for my SOA? Is this hard to do?

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Re: Caster of GWaggy 44 for SOA Conversion??

If your just going SOA, and not using lift springs as well, your front driveshaft angle should be good enough that you dont need to rotate the pinion. You will need a longer front driveshaft (doubly so if you go SRS as well) but nothing more.

Otherwise- there are quite a few good write-ups on doing this in member's personal websites. Maybe you can find the info from one of the 'sites on JoeyCJ5's webpage.


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Re: Caster of GWaggy 44 for SOA Conversion??

well i used a wagoneer d44 from a 78.. it came with about +6 degrees of caster.. so what i did was to set it all up.. do not weld the spring perches on.. then i rotated the axle to kinda find a compromise between the pinion angle and the caster angle.. i now have +1 degrees of caster.. and a good pinion angle on it.. then welded the perches on.. you want atleast 0 degrees caster.. perferrably + caster.. with 6 degrees being about ideal.. but any positive caster will work... mine is fine driving on the road..
and yes.. you will need a longer front drive shaft.. unless you limit the flex of it.. i plan on getting a long travel front.. about 10" of spline..

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Re: Caster of GWaggy 44 for SOA Conversion??

Okay, can I get away with keeping my stock front driveshaft for a while before getting a longer one? You think I'll need to put lift springs on it too? I want to run 35" tires. Not any bigger. If I do anything, I replace the spring packs with something stronger(no sagging). Will that screw things up?

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Re: Caster of GWaggy 44 for SOA Conversion??

Going spring over will give you about 5.5" of lift using the stock springs. That should be enough for 35's. You WILL need a new front driveshaft. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. With that much lift it won't stretch enough to connect both ends. Plus with spring-over you will have much more wheel travel than stock meaning a longer slip-yoke.

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Re: Caster of GWaggy 44 for SOA Conversion??

Okay, so I need a front driveshaft, but a regular one or CV? Also, if I do a SRS later, will I need another driveshaft? And do I just put the spring pads on the opposite side of the tube, or rotate the pinion up a bit?

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Re: Caster of GWaggy 44 for SOA Conversion??

thats just it jamgood.. as you rotate the pinion up, the caster gets more negative. you should be able to find a happy median like jeepgod.. remember to keep the caster positive.. even if it means a bit of angle on the front shaft.. it doesnt turn unless off road anyway, so a little angle will be fine. you might get lucky and be able to use your stock driveshaft.. i know a couple folks that did.. mine fits, but i think the length of the dana 60 helps me

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