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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-24-2001, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Waggy axles - let me get this straight

Just to be sure & reiterate what posts I've seen:
'74-'76 waggy front axles have passenger side drops & flat top knuckles - great for CJ swap - especially SOA ones
'76-'80? waggy front axles have passenger side drops, good for CJ swap
'80+ waggy front axles have driver side drops, good for YJ swaps
'86+ waggy rear axles have centered diffs, good for YJ or CJ swap
Avoid "wide track" Full size cherokee axles, they are too wide.
Is this accurate?, sorry to go over everything again.
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Re: Waggy axles - let me get this straight

'80-85 are also very likely to have a vacuum-actuated-axle-disconect in the differential housing, making them highly undesireable.

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Re: Waggy axles - let me get this straight

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'74-'76 waggy front axles are also good for SUA conversions in either case SUA or SOA to use full width the spring mounts need to be moved outboard of the frame, or it will need to be cut.
'76-'79 Waggy front axles have passenger side drops.
'80+ waggy front axles have driver side drops, good for YJ swaps
I have a '80 waggy rear axles (model 20) that is a centered differential.




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Re: Waggy axles - let me get this straight

Also, I believe 74-76 front 44's have the correct spindle to fit Ford hubs (to retain the 5 x 5.5 wheel pattern); at least my 76 donor does.

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Re: Waggy axles - let me get this straight

all 80+ rear axles are centered.. good chance the 79 and older will be offset.. since most waggies came with an auto.. hence forth the quadratrac.. some did come with center.. if it had a manual..
stay away from the 73 and older..

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In my expirence the Full width Jtruck axles can be useful as well. True they are much wider then stock but in some instances the added width can be beneficial. With the J truck axles being spung under you can dial in the spring perch angles you want instead of dealing with angles are cast into a regular truck axle. When the perches are welded on they can be set to the width of regular fullsize truck axles for future 3/4 and 1 ton upgrades. The downside is that perch heights will be uneven. Other then that they are fine axles to swap in.

I swapped a set from a 76 J10 into my friend's 71 Scout the other week. The swap went well and we used the 76 Rear 44 as well. It came from a Jeep with a model 20 transfer case but it was still offest to the right a bit. It caused no problems. My only real concern is finding replacement rear axle shafts if one should break.
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Re: Waggy axles - let me get this straight

Finding replacement shafts shouldn't be a problem if they are stock. Just get the bill of materials number and call your local dana/spicer dealer and they can order a replacement shaft. Or you could contact someplace like moser engineering with the bill of materials and they can make one up that will fit perfectly. If you have a 77 or newer, you can look on dana's web site for yourself. If it's older, you'll have to find a dealer. Here's the link:

http://www2.dana.com/Expert/wc.dll?DSD~demenu~DEMENUA~


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