Does anyone know what the rear axle in a 71 commando would be and what it would take to put it in an 85 cj I want to say I read somewhere it was a dana 44 and would drop right in but that would be to easy right
Tim thanks for, info one more question though when I measure backing plate to backing plate on my cj its 49.5 inches not 55.1 does this mean that I have narrow track not wide track axles? Also what about spring perch locations I thought that I read it was a direct swap? Thanks
if you have an 85 then it should be wide track.. havent heard of many people swapping narrow for wide.. but you never know.. i dont have the measurements here on me.. so i cant tell you for sure. my little green book is somewhere's but here. but i do believe that the cammando is narrower.. (is that a word)..but dont quote me..
I helped my brother put the axle from a '71 Commando (yes, it's a Dana 44)into his '78 CJ7. The spring perch location was exact, and it was one of the easiest axle conversions I have done. Measure the spring perches on your '85 and compare. It does seem like yours is a narrow track based on the brake backing plate measurements, though. If I remember right the '71 has smaller brakes, also. May or may not be an issue for you.
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