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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-23-2001, 12:42 PM
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full width axles on wrangler

can I run a front dana 44 (chevy) front, and a matching rear axle without narrowing? By may calculations, the existing spring pads on the 44 axle are only about 1" wider than those on a stock wrangler so I am not really worried about that. I also want to run a 305, sm465 for tranny and tcase. Will I have a front driveshaft clearance problem? Or will it clear ok? Anyone done this before, on a wrangler?
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Re: full width axles on wrangler

the spring perches for my chevy axle were closer that that.. i bolted the axle right in no mods to the perches. the sm465 tranny is fine.. if you are using an np 205, there will be no clearance problems except for ground clearance!!. the np205 hangs down a long way under a jeep..sure is strong though.

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Re: full width axles on wrangler

Elusive, you keep mentioning that yours bolted in with no problems. What you fail to mention is that you are using a TJ frame which is wider. I'm not trying to be nitpicky, but your lack of info could be misleading.

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Re: full width axles on wrangler

is a tj frame wider than a yj frame?? i really thought they were the same...only the cj frame was more narrow.. i know the tj and yj are the same width in the back, and i thought they were the same in the front too.

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Re: full width axles on wrangler

I will double check my measurements, but it sounds like the YJ frame is an inch narrower than the TJ. The CJ frames are indeed considerable narrower than the YJ, like 4 inches at least. Elusive, have any pics of your Jeep with the full width axles? How wide is it?
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Re: full width axles on wrangler

do a search o my posts or check out the website below.. lots of pics

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is it really that easy? i was told that you had to move the springs outboard for some reason.

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Re: full width axles on wrangler

on a cj you do have to move the springs outboard.. a yj you shouldnt have too.. since they are 4 inches wider.. i have a yj frame and a wagoneer axle full width in the front.. granted... its not quite as wide as a chevy d44..

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Re: full width axles on wrangler

i finally got off my lazy but and measured a yj and my tj frame today.. they are identical in width and length front and rear. therefore.. it is a true statement that a chevy full sive axle out of an 83 pickup will bolt right into a yj...although the diff is on the wrong side. the spring perches dont have to be moved and are the correct width, the brake lines will fit and are long enough. the rear axle is also a direct bolt in, but you'll have to grind the perches for a better angle on the rear pinion.
seems like my next jeep i build will have a yj frame with these same axles, a 4.0 and a dana 300 x-fer case.. little work...much strength

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Re: full width axles on wrangler

Elusive,
How did you convert the chevy front axle over to the type of steering you need on the wrangler?

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