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Old May 22nd, 2008, 02:38 PM   #1
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Need help picking front axle for my willys

Hello to everyone,i am a newbie to the 4x4 seen.i have bought a 52 willys pickup and am starting a build.i don't want an axle that hangs out a mile.right now i am at the point of selecting a front axle but don't know what to use the original is 58" wide.i can use a ford 9" in the rear(i have left over parts)i have a cj wide track front 58" wide but fear it is too light.i also have a gmcorp10bolt but needs shortened. i have a budget for this year and don't want to break the bank
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4-6" lift spring under
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Old May 22nd, 2008, 05:09 PM   #2
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with the tire size your gonna run the cj axle should be just fine, and since you already have it it's all the better!
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Old May 22nd, 2008, 05:20 PM   #3
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Well, If you want to use a 9" rear, then might be better to figure your width options there, first, then find a front to match.

Personally, I'd run a dana 44, with that application. The 30 might just be a little lightweight.

If you don't want too wide, then something like a wagoneer front axle, and run the ford spindles to get the 5 on 5.5 pattern. Those waggie axles are around 59-62" wide, IIRC, depending on year..

Obviously, a matched set from a bronco would work, but not sure what kind of radius arm bracketry will be in the way of your spring under perches.

On a budget, see if you can find something in the 3.73-4.11 range stock, so you don't have to regear. Might be worth a couple hunderd more on the axle price, rather than pay $500+ for new gears and setup...
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Old May 22nd, 2008, 05:40 PM   #4
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Old May 22nd, 2008, 09:04 PM   #5
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thanks for the all responce.i tryed to make my post as informative as possible but have failed and missed a few things.i have a complete 85 k-5 for a donor.i want to robb all my goodies out of it.the axles would serve my purpose.the rear would fit near perfect but the front is way to wide as stated.should i shorten the front axle or run the cj i have?if i run the cj front i have a 9" to match.if i run the 10 bolt it will all match but need to shorten it.
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Old May 24th, 2008, 11:49 PM   #6
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Exactly how wide is the 9" WMS-WMS?

Cutting down a 10-bolt is not worth it. Run the CJ D30 front. Or, if the 9" is 58-60" WMS fully assembled, an uncut Wagoneer front D44 will be a nice match from a width perspective and you won't have to deal with any custom length shafts if you break something.
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Old May 25th, 2008, 04:07 AM   #7
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Get a D44 out of a Scout. If your lucky you can get a D44 front and rear for a good price and they are pretty narrow. not sure exactly how narrow but Jeep guys have been swapping them into jeeps for years.
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