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Old 05-17-2010, 09:07 AM
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95 YJ rebuild

First I would like to introduce myself and say hello to all the fellow jeepers out here. My name is Nate from Northern California and I have a 95 YJ 2.5L that I just recently got from a guy and I'm going to do a full rebuild on it. My plan is to throw a chevy small block in so I have ALOT of work ahead of me but I'm starting with the axles first. Most of the use will be on trails and mudding... not so much hardcore rock crawling. I have my eye on a rebuilt Dana 44 rear end out of a 70's Wagoneer right now and was wondering what the best gear ratio would be for my application or if anybody has any better axle options due to your experiences? This is going to be a one part at a time rebuild since I'm not rich..... one day, haha. any help would be appreciated.

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hey im selling a rear dana 44 axle from a70's wagoneer i believe. will work with many leaf spring applications easily. -Lug Pattern-6 on 5.5" with new studs -Distance between wheel mounting surfaces 63in (with 1.5" spacers on each side) -4.56 Gear Ratio-New Bearings professionally installed with paperwork -Welded Spider gears-basically its fully locked like a spool -Recent Axle/Wheel bearings. -New Brake Pads/Wheel Cylinders -Chrome Diff Cover With Custom Rock Guard -30 Spline Axles -Set up for a Spring-Over-Axle suspension, i have brand new perches from Ballistic Fab. really beefy, they are just tacked on for now and can be easily removed and set for any pinion angle/leaf spring width, they include 3 holes for mounting the leaf spring center pin, allowing you to shift the wheel base forward or reward up to 1/2". -Shock tabs were removed but i have new ones also from Ballistic Fab. 3/8 thick steel -I will also include a mount for a traction/torque bar setup to sweeten the deal, also from Ballistic Fab. 1/4" thick steel -5/8" Grade 8 U-Bolts and 3/8" heavy duty U-Bolt Plates also with 3 locations for center pin alignment. -Basically all the hard work has been done here. just weld on these new mounts to whatever fits your application and you have a running axle for a 4x4/ rock crawler. -Everything mentioned here is up for sale at $600 OBO

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with v8 4.56 should be fine with 35's even 37's, may want to get rid of the lincoln locker for a detroit. might want to get the waggy front 44 even though its low pinion. around 1990 waggoneer has driver side drop. since I rock crawl I would go with a 14 rear and at least a ford hp44 front with a v8 under the hood. doing high speed mudding a ford 9" might be a better choice.
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Thanks man. I'm still trying to line some axles up on Craigslist or a junkyard right now. I've seen a few Ford 9's so I'm going to check those out. I'm looking to run 37's so it seems like a good choice although I just got a ticket on the 580 for having my tires stick out too much and they're only 33's! haha.I have to go down to the gulf for work for a while but when I get back I'll be able to dial everything in alot quicker.
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