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Old 05-25-2018, 05:18 PM
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New user, new project.......

I'm starting a new build, I'm likely to have a lot of questions soon. I have the remains of a 95 YJ, it was stolen, then totaled. DUe to sentimental reassons, I'm not letting it go and am planning on a complete restoration.

I've secure a new chassis, my son is working on taking a wire rotary to the fram, clean it up and give it a spray of rustoleum, followed up by a nice coating of KBS .... blacktop I think it was called.

We had pretty much a stock suspension with a 4" lift, the front is completely trashed and my son and I are looking at it as an opportunity to do some upgrades to the suspension. I figure as long as we have to buy parts, might as well make it fun right?

At the moment, I have been giving myself migraines trying to research the subject online. 3/4 ton, 1 ton, full width axles, rock crawler etc. that I have not suffered a fatal aneurysm yet is a miracle. I want to at least keep the vehicle street legal, and I suspected that a full width was out of the question. I'd like to stay reasonably within "stock" to a little give here and there.

Ford is narrower than the jeep and requires spacers rom what I understand, Ford F350 super duty is way too wide for me to take seriously. Then I see tons of articles implying I really shouldn't do it, it's not cost effective, too much money blah blah blah.

To date, I've seen the following mentioned:

Ford 8.8 and 9
F150/250/350 Super Duty

Any others I should be looking at that are reasonably close in size to the width of the stock YJ?

I'm planning on 37" tires on 17" rims to go on this. stock fenderrs, not planning on being a rock crawler, but I do plan to use it off road on our property in New Mexico, which is a touch on the rough side.


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Old 05-25-2018, 08:56 PM   #2
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For the rear axle check out 96& 97 Isuzu rodeo & Honda passport d44. They're almost spot on the same length as yj's. Also at least 4.30 geared, disc brakes, 8.8 style e-brake, SUA just like yj's.
The wheel bolt pattern is different than yj's though so you'll want a Waggy frt d44 axle to match the wheel bolt pattern to the rodeo/passport.

They are cheap to. I picked up a complete 95 rodeo for $200 but the 95 d44 axles are shorter than yj's so I ended up parting it all out.
98 or 99 rodeo/passport d44's go to 4-link rears.

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Old 05-26-2018, 01:40 AM   #3
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Toyota Tacoma and 4runner 8" axles from 1997-2004 are the right width but are 6 lug. But if you use a Wagoner D44 front axle it will match it. The 2wd 4cyl axles are 7.5" 27 spline and equivalent to he D35 you must get a axle from a V6 or 4wd to get the 8". 4.11 gears are common and the 2.7 4cyls came with 4.56's. The Toyota 8" is a strong rearend Toyota guys run 38's with stacked transfer cases and hold up to it.

Good news is they are non C-clip so you dont have to take the carrier apart to get the axle shaft out. Bad news is the brake backing plate is behind the bearing so if you carry a spare shaft you have t carry a spare backing plate lol. Good news is Toyota axles tend not to break shafts they are stronger than D44's.
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