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Old 04-04-2011, 04:14 PM   #1
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axle swap

i know this has probably already been talked about a 1,000 times on this fourm, but i have been looking for it and no luck finding any topic but on the 8.8 ford rear end.

im looking to swap my dana 30 and 35 for something stronger but also i want to have the axles wider. i was wondering what front and rear axles i could use and would be a dirrect bolt on. if there is any out there could you let me know what it comes in and what years. if it is a direct bolt on and if it is the front or back. thanks alot and sorry if this is just another post that has already been talked about.

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The only set that is gonna be even close to a bolt in would be a set from a 77-79 3/4 ton or 1 ton ford truck....or a front axle out of a 1/2 ton Supercab only. Your still prolly gonna have to move the rear spring perches.

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About the only way you can get wider, stronger axles that are direct bolt-in is to go with Currie-built axles, but you'll be paying like $2,000+ a piece for 'em. It's expensive being lazy. :/
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my neighbor used chevy dana 44 and 12 bolt in his just had to make new drive shafts.
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my neighbor used chevy dana 44 and 12 bolt in his just had to make new drive shafts.
He would have had to use chevy trans and transfer case or adapt jeep trans to a passenger drop transfer case. The chevy front axle is passenger drop and jeeps are driver drop. You wont find any junkyard swaps that are "bolt in". The 8.8 is most common and fairly easy. Cut off spring perches and reweld new ones on. The d30 is a decently strong axle in stock form. I personally like the 86-91 grand wagoneer d44 axle swap. Look it up on google. Plenty of info on it.
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ok i see what you are all saying. so what is the best axle's i can use that will work with the factory trans and transfer case? i understand i will have to cut and weld a few things on almost any axles i swap into my yj. and i see alot of people are saying go with the ford 8.8 but from my uinderstanding thats only for the rear, what would i use for the front with a 8.8 ford in the rear. im new to the jeep world so i could be misunderstanding everyone about the 8.8 axle only is used for the rear. just wondering what you would suggest for the front and rear axle swap and if there is any where i could research it more that would be great info too. thanks.
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The best thing you can use for the front would be a choice between two axles, a Dana 44 or a Dana 60. The spring pin width on a 77-79 Ford truck is close enough to bolt right into your YJ, I have done it. The only problem is, the only 1/2 ton leaf sprung Dana 44 axle that came in a Ford was the supercab one and they are not easy to find. You would be better buying an 8 lug one out of a F250 and getting a 10.25 rearend from an 80's model truck.
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Grand Wagoneer from 1984 and up. They had dana 44s stock and a wide track will give you the extra width. A narrow track will give you a similar to stock width. No need to change anything major. It is a drivers side drop like your YJ was supposed to be.

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