Can't Get Enough
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Cotopaxi, Colorado
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I have done this twice, and both time they came out perfect, and was very easy. The one under my '83 CJ-7 now has an early Chevy Dana 44 with both sides cut, mostly so I could dial the caster in. I shortened the short side to use the Wagoneer's inner axle shaft, which was about 1 3/8 inchs shorter. (purchased new for $35) From there I measured from the center bolt hole in the cast part of the housing over to where I was going to locate my other perch.(the distance of my frame), I believe that it was about 271/2 inches. From there I measured from the short side center bolt hole out, and mathced that distance on the long side. This side I had the inner axle shaft sent out and re-splined. Both outer ball joint flanges were only tacked wielded to the tube with a good guess for caster. When I was all done, I put the Jeep on the alignment rack, took caster readings, which were 61/2 degrees positive on the right, so I wielded it completly around, and cut the tack wield on the left side, and hammered it to 61/4 degrees positive, and re-wielded it. I used Chevy knuckles with flat tops for the high clearance steering, and ford rotors. I am using M.O.R.E.'S SRS kit and stock Wrangler springs. The only problem I ran into, was the forward, aft location of the axle. It could be about 1 inch more forward, which would give me better fender clearance, and line the pitman arm to the high clearance knuckle perfectly. Tomorrow I pick up my custom reversed wrapped springs from Rocky Mountain Spring.($135 ea) which have a relocated center bolt. I did this 2 years ago and had no problems. Many thanks to Jeepskates website for the knowledge and great info!
I have another axle I completed about 3 months ago for my new project. It is basically the same thing, but uses newer Chevy Dana 44 knuckles (light wielght 3/4 ton) with the larger brakes and the 8 lug wheels. I am trying to match the reverse grind Dana 60 center section I picked up from a '99 Ford F-350. I am running into a problem trying to get the 35 spline axles to go through the '73 Dana 60 Chevy spindles, which I used for the tubes. I wanted to use 13 inch drums, but may have to revert to semi-float to make it work. My new project is just a collection of parts I aquired, you know, a '98 5.2 Magnum, 3,000 mile NV-4500, Dana 300 4-1, perfect condition '86 CJ-7 frame. Any suggestions?