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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-21-2001, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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new front end help?

hey can i use the front end out of a 78 f150 in my 83 cj7? yeah i know it will stick way out but i dont care. and i also know a 78 150 is coil. would it be a lot of trouble to convert it to leaf? aslo what front end is in a 78 150?

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Re: new front end help?

You can use ANY axle in the front of a CJ....I've seen everything from dana 25s(27s?) to 9"s to Dana 60s all the way up to Rockwells. Its all a matter of how much work youre willing to put into it. The 78 F150 will have a Dana 44 in the front of it. I assume it is possible to convert it to leaf spring if you torch off all the in-the-way coil bracketry and install some springpads. Be sure to check the location of the differential to make sure you'll be able to center the axle in the frame, i believe you'll be moving the spring mounts outside the frame on the jeep. For some reason, i cant call to mind how the C-Bushings are attached at the axle...someone else here will know.....good luck...

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Don't forget to swap the transfer case to one with a driver's side front output to drive the ford axle.

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