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Old March 30th, 2010, 09:03 AM   #1
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Just bought my first Jeep, 78 CJ7 has 304 3sp. Looking for options to make it sit wider. What are some suggestions for axles or anything else anyone can think of. Looking for something for trails mostly. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old March 30th, 2010, 09:15 AM   #2
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Well one of the simplest thing to do is go with a wider wheel with a large off set to make the stance wider, one thing that conserns me when someone new to the sport of jeeping,they get way over their head in developing a jeep that they think will run down the road like their stocker, and be really disapointed in the amount of money they have put into their jeep and it drives like crap for what they want to use it for, so be really careful when building a jeep dont get in over your head mechanically, Its easy to really screw up a good thing!
Wider tires and simple lifts keep a guy or gal that is limited mechanically, challenged enough!
Just for straters keep it simple and have a blast!
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Old March 30th, 2010, 09:30 AM   #3
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how true
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Old March 30th, 2010, 10:07 AM   #4
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Mid 80's cj wide track axles and 3.5" backspacing wheel. You don't want to go with to little of backspacing as it puts more leverage on the wheel bearings and larger tires they will wear out or break faster.
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Yeah, before you start thinking full width axles, hydro steering and Detroits front and rear, really look at what you are going to do this your rig. Besides, learning to wheel with opens and narrow axles will make you that much better later on.
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The "simplest" thing to do is add spacers. I wouldn't do that.

I wouldn't go and blow money on new wheels, either.

The WT swap is pretty easy and it opens the door for you to improve your gearing at the same time.
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