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Old 02-11-2008, 11:31 AM   #1
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i was in an accident that rendered my 97 tj front axle useless. i have an extra axle out of a 97 cherokee. the only difference i see is that the cherokee axle is a high pinion. i've read that this axle is reverse rotation. will it work in my wrangler? or can i make it work? my current gear ratio is 3.55 and i was planning on going with 4.10's or 4.56's. any thoughts? thanks-

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Old 02-11-2008, 11:59 AM   #2
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it'll work. reverse rotation just refers to how the ring and pinion are cut. im not sure if the coil buckets will fit without welding, but, thats a good swap

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well the way i understand it.... since i want to upgrade from 3.55 to lower gears, i have to change the carrier to 3.73 to fit the lower gears. i would be gutting the cherokee axle and rebuilding it anyhow. i found a couple sites saying it will directly bolt right in, and the high pinion is an added bonus for the driveshaft height.
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the HP axle is a great added bonus for strength (over a standard d30), and the DS being higher. if you're going to rebuild it with a new carrier, it could be a good time to swap in a detroit and some lock-out hubs. that is if you are going to go that far with it.
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It is a direct bolt in replacement for the TJ Dana 30. All brackets are in the exact same positions. Only thing I can't remember is if the 97 XJ 30's are vaccum disconnect or not with 2 piece passenger shafts. Do you know if the axle you got has a 1 piece TJ style shaft on the passenger side?
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Is the High Pinion going to effect the front driveshaft angle? Length?
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Is the High Pinion going to effect the front driveshaft angle? Length?
There are times when the front driveshaft might have to be shortened, but it's one of those things where certain driveshafts are longer because of trannies etc....As far as I know there isn't a way to tell before you actually put it in.
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It is a direct bolt in replacement for the TJ Dana 30. All brackets are in the exact same positions. Only thing I can't remember is if the 97 XJ 30's are vaccum disconnect or not with 2 piece passenger shafts. Do you know if the axle you got has a 1 piece TJ style shaft on the passenger side?
93(give or take a year) and up xj should all be 1pc shaft no vacum... 2000 started going back to low pinion....HTP

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