Suhweet! What are the 60's out of? You going to cut them down or just slap them under there?
Ideally I would like to run them full width with high backspacing on my wheels, so I can still fit in the filters. But then I still have the hubs that stick out if I go with a kingpin ford. So I might go with a dodge. I haven't purchased them yet. Still debating what I want to do. I might cut it down, but then I need a custom length axle so idk what to do yet....What do you think?
Originally Posted by Mitchness
Where did you find a HPTJD30?
They don't come factory in a TJ lol its out of a Cherokee.
If you leave them stock, you can get replacement parts all day long. Cutting them down means you'll have to do the same for replacements. I am a big fan of Ford 60s. If you come across a '78 F250 4x4 you get a Dana 60 for the rear and a Dana 44 HD for the front. The 44HD is a a killer axles. Comes with the same brakes as the Dana 60 and has tubes that you can stand the rig on. They are as thick as the rear 60 axle. Uses stock Dana 44 reverse cut gearing.
Leaving them stock length will just make it a matter of mounting the suspension parts on them. Fitting some driveshafts and driving it off.
Arguments can be had for both cases though. You are right about the filters. You'd either have to cut the lengths down or hit the filters with one side up. Have you searched around for a shop to cut the axles down? Try giving Carl a call at Jantz engineering. He does fantastic work.
I have looked into doing it with a few buddies, doesn't seem to be that difficult, like you said the only disadvantage is just that custom axles, but in a 60 it would be difficult to brake. Not going to big with the tires just 39.5 iroks. and while im doing this im doing a 4 link rear and stretching the jeep back. Will that shop cut and respline axles?
Carl is a wizard. He worked with Bobby Long with axle stuff. Bobby sold his patent to RCV, (Bobby was the one who developed those as Birfield replacements on Toyotas. I am an old guy. And it has been a few years since I dealt with Carl. Give him a call, if he doesn't do it anymore he can offer up who is the best in this area.