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Old 07-13-2009, 11:41 AM   #1
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Converting to straight axle

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i am new to this forum. Figured this would be the best spot to go to find some information. I am in the works of building like a 97-98 wrangler that will be a two wheel drive street rod, will be lowered and i am wanting to put a straight axle under the front. I know the wrangler didnt have two wheel drive. Does anybody have any information as far as what will fit (maybe like a regular cherokee) that is two wheel drive. Or maybe any other ideas that somebody might have. Thanks for all the help
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Old 07-13-2009, 11:48 AM   #2
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Man that always pains me to see a Wrangler, one the best out of the box wheelers ever, turned into something that is non-wheelable.

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Old 07-13-2009, 12:01 PM   #3
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To each his own.

I can't really help you out, but I know that the JK's can come in 2 wheel drive also. You might want to check out there setup. It has been done before though. I've seen pictures of drag strip wranglers.
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just to let you know, that i am using all salvage parts i am not taking a good wrangler off the road to do this. all salvage yard stuff. and it will be small blocked. i wouldnt take a good one off the streets i would not do that to you guys...lol
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I would look at street rod options.
A Mustang 2 front end might do the trick and give you a better ride.
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The regular cherokee as you suggested did indeed come in 2wd along with the Grand cherokee 2wd. The cherokee used a I=beam straight axle as the grand cherokee used a tubed axle member.
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Old 07-13-2009, 06:00 PM   #7
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personally i like the idea. i always like seeing something different than what everyone else is doing. iv done a few race cars and a few rods and if it were me doing it i would look into an ifs front end. you will have a better ride, better handling, and more adjustability options. if you really want solid axle i would bet that the cherokee front axle will fit because it uses the same suspension geometry as the wrangler when its a 4x4 and i dont think jeep redesigned the whole front suspension just for the 2wd model. BUT you could allways just remove the driveshaft and then you have a solid front axle with no drive and you dont have to modify anything or spend any money to get it.
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as long as you have the inner and outer yj/tj/xj knuckles. then have a beam between the passanger side and driver side connecting the two inner c's. Then use stub outers with unit bearings to hold the wheels on. Or you could just get a front end from a cherokee 2wd or even a regular front wrangler housing and just ingore putting in the inner shafts or gears.
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Old 07-13-2009, 07:11 PM   #9
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just to let you know, that i am using all salvage parts i am not taking a good wrangler off the road to do this. all salvage yard stuff. and it will be small blocked. i wouldnt take a good one off the streets i would not do that to you guys...lol
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:32 PM   #10
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Thanks for the help guys... I have thought about the ifs setup but i was kinda wanting to keep the hot rod look and keep a straight axle under it. But still not sure. Will keep everyone posted when i get something going

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