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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-13-2001, 11:45 AM
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Axle shortening qustions...

While my jeep hasn't been running, I have been looking at some yards and have found more axles with a driver's side drop than with a passenger side drop. I have a d300 I will be running eventually...that is the reason for wanting passenger side pumpkin for an axle swap. Well, most of the axles I have seen that were 1 ton and ¾ ton axles were wide as crap and had drivers side drops. They looked like they were so wide that I could swap sides with the tubes while shortening the axle and have a passenger side drop pumpkin.

What do you guys think?



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Re: Axle shortening qustions...

alot of trouble/and/or/$$$ just to switch sides

just find the side you need, shorten the long tube and ride on.



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Re: Axle shortening qustions...

Okay, I agree with the 'just find the sind you need' for the front axle, what about the rear? I have the Dana 18 transfer so my rear D44 is offset to the passenger as well. Good luck trying to find something for this (other than a quad waggie). Can a full width D60 or 14-bolt be narrowed on the passenger side to bring the pumpkin over, but yet still be wide enough to fit under the Jeep? Did that make sense? I've been having a hard time explaining this to others that I've talked with and have had to resort to drawing a diagram like so: |----[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img]----| shortend to |----[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]-|. Nobody has been able to say wether or not this would work.. I'm not sure how much wider a full width axle is compared to my narrow track (only because I haven't measured my own yet)... Thanks, Bret

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Re: Axle shortening qustions...

rear axle, heres an idea

find a 3/4 ton Jeep truck with quadra track, itll be a 60 lug wide dana 60

narrow to your needed width

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Re: Axle shortening qustions...

Cool! I've been digging for waggies, but I haven't been looking for any of the J-trucks. I just keep running across GM and Ford rear-ends that are cheap. I'm putting a plan together to go SOA w/33's or 35's and I'd like the Jeep to be a little wider than stock, but still be street legal... That's why I plan on narrowing.. Thanks, Bret

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Re: Axle shortening qustions...

I'd like to find one that would work, but for a &frac34; ton axle or 1 ton, the pickin's are kind of slim...actually non existent in my area. I'm no stranger to fabricating stuff, I just want to know if you all think I'd have enough tube left after cutting them off to stick them back in on the opposite sides. This will be a pain in the rump, but I might be able to do this easier than have one shipped. I don't know, I'm still on the drawing borad with this idea.



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Re: Axle shortening qustions...

Hey Robert, check with Branden Miller ( I THINK thats his name) I think I recall he re tubbed a dana 60, he is on the Pirate BBS.

He ordered new tube, cut it to length, and viola custom , where ever you want it, whatever length you want it. youll need some machining stuff ot weld the ends on perfect ro the bearings will wear quick, an alighnment jig type of thingy.

might be easier to swap the Tcase?



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Re: Axle shortening qustions...

I say find a quadratrac J-20. It will have an eight lug full floating dana 60 rear with the diff offset for the transfer case. My brother and I bought one for parts. I took the engine/trans/transfercase and he used the dana 44/dana 60 under his waggie.

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I've noticed most van drivetrains are offset to the passenger side to give the driver more footroom. Some of the rear axles are offset to compensate for this. Good Luck
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I narrowed a D44 front and Ford 9" rear on my 70-Cj5. The rear is offset so I cut about 8" on the pass-side and weld it and relocate the spring pad. For the front I have to cut both side is not hard just patience and ingenuity(spelling?). I gained total 6" wider than the stock.


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