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Old 12-12-2013, 06:59 PM   #1
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Benefit of full width axles

I was helping my grandfather clean up his property and I found some axles that were from his old k5 blazer. I believe that they are both 10 bolt, and I'm positive they have a 5.13 gear ratio, 30 spline, and posi locks. I got them for free and I believe just the seals will need changing, but what do you all think about putting these on when I go SOA in the near future?


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Old 12-12-2013, 07:19 PM   #2
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front chunk is on the passenger side..spring mounts will have to be outboarded...if you can make all that work,I think it's a great idea.I have 2 cj's with chevy axles and love them

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Crap, I completely overlooked the fact that it is passenger side drop. Might have to put this off until I'm ready for the complete drivetrain swap too. I have a 350 tbi in need of a rebuild, turbo 400, and the chevy np241 t-case that came out of the same blazer as the axles. Might take me till the end of 2014 with my limited time.
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I have no firsthand experience installing a set of 10 bolts SOA in a YJ. As harleydragon mentioned, the front diff is a passenger side drop which means contending with changing your tcase to accommodate the change in drop.

I have a feeling you don't hear/read much about swapping these axles into a YJ due to the added work involved, lack of support to easily correct the steering and that they aren't 1 ton axles.

IMO, if you're going to full width "junkyard" type used axles, you may as well go to 1 tons, and if at all possible, stay with a driver side drop front axle. Naturally, I'm biased since this was the way I went.
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I have no firsthand experience installing a set of 10 bolts SOA in a YJ. As harleydragon mentioned, the front diff is a passenger side drop which means contending with changing your tcase to accommodate the change in drop.

I have a feeling you don't hear/read much about swapping these axles into a YJ due to the added work involved, lack of support to easily correct the steering and that they aren't 1 ton axles.

IMO, if you're going to full width "junkyard" type used axles, you may as well go to 1 tons, and if at all possible, stay with a driver side drop front axle. Naturally, I'm biased since this was the way I went.
I might try to find a 14 bolt and d60 combo, nothing is certain yet as I'm still trying to build up a part pile for the upcoming year. I really just really liked the 10 bolts as they are 5.13 already
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I think you will love it with the full chevy running gear..one of my cj's has 1/2 ton axles..they are a lot more heavy duty than jeep axles
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Yea, trying to find the "right" combo is not always easy, or cheap. Each Jeeper has their goals and budget constraints, not to mention the "extra" parts needed to install them, and the tools/work area to do it if you are doing the work yourself like some of us do.
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Thanks guys, just needed some opinions as I'm more than capable of doing this swap. I don't have much experience with the 10 bolts, but if they can handle at least 37-39" tires, I'll be happy
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Old 12-13-2013, 10:00 AM   #9
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Thanks guys, just needed some opinions as I'm more than capable of doing this swap. I don't have much experience with the 10 bolts, but if they can handle at least 37-39" tires, I'll be happy
I have seen those trucks put through hell on the farms around here.My son ran a set of 39 or 40 super swamper boggers,17 or 18 inches wide on a set of those axles.he ran it pretty hard and they held up
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Widest I would go is a 1/2 ton ford setup hp44/9" out of a 70's f150. 65" width makes them attractive to me because the trains around here can get really tight. I know most of the rest of the country doesn't have the same width restrictions though. Some of the trail heads at the local ORV parks have a 78" or 80" gate, it's pretty lame.
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Widest I would go is a 1/2 ton ford setup hp44/9" out of a 70's f150. 65" width makes them attractive to me because the trains around here can get really tight. I know most of the rest of the country doesn't have the same width restrictions though. Some of the trail heads at the local ORV parks have a 78" or 80" gate, it's pretty lame.
the wider the better to me but then I don't do rocks or play in a park
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Even outside of the parks, the trails up here in the mountains get real tight real quick.


Doesn't matter anyway, not really relevant to the thread topic. Sorry OP.
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Even outside of the parks, the trails up here in the mountains get real tight real quick.

Doesn't matter anyway, not really relevant to the thread topic. Sorry OP.
It is, it's a consideration I have because I play on rocks. I think I decided to regear my 8.8 and 44 and keep them. I also decided to use waggy springs when I go soa, and I sold the 10bolts for $500 which helps with the parts pile
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Cool. You have a nice rig Wagner.
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i love the looks of full width,,,but i am always blazing new trails on my property and the regular width axles serve me well,,all winter im out cutting firewood it,s nice to be able to weave threw the trees to get the ones i cut,,
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Cool. You have a nice rig Wagner.
Not yet lol, I still have more than a few problems to work out before I'm happy with it. The front rubicon dana 44 I have is not much of a tough axle as it is only marginally bigger than a dana 30, and my 8.8 still has a blown up lsd, so I have the old 35 in right now that has the 3.07 gears which sucks. I'm trying to find another 8.8 as it would be cheaper to find another than fix mine, but I'm finding that difficult because everyone near me won't take less than $600 for one.
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Old 12-17-2013, 03:45 PM   #17
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Wow. 600 bucks... You could get a full carrier locker for that. Its crappy how fast the price has increased on the 8.8 and how hard they are to find in some areas. It would be a long drive just for an axle but if you were up here for something you could probably round one up for 200 or so. I should start stock piling them and then resale in a few years.lol I got mine for 75 bucks..
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I am trying to buy a complete exploder to yank the rear end from, and part the rest out to make my money back. If you have the space to do that it might be the best way to go.

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