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Old February 20th, 2013, 10:17 AM   #1
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I recently picked up a Dana 44 front axle out of a 76 Wagoneer that I will be re-gearing and putting under my 82 Scrambler. I currently have a 4ď BDS lift and plan to keep it sprung under and outboard the springs.

My question is specifically what changes am I going to have to make to the steering linkage after the axle is installed. I was hoping to keep the axle in its original location (not moving it forward or back) and to use the original Waggy drag link and tie rod if possible. Iím also trying to avoid the expense/effort of going the hi-steer option.

I have searched on line and canít find anything definitive on exactly what changes have to be made. It looks like some people have moved their axles back, and others have moved their steering boxes forward. Any help from those of you who have completed this swap would be greatly appreciated. Jim
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Old February 20th, 2013, 10:59 AM   #2
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I would recommend getting the Wag pitman arm to make sure you get full steering. Or at least check it against your CJ arm to make sure they aren't too different. I tried to use a TJ pitman arm with a ford dana 60 and it we started calling it schoolbus steering because it just didn't work.

Hopefully there is enough adjustment in the drag link so that you don't have to make a custom part.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 01:00 PM   #3
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I put waggy D44's front and rear in my cj. Originally I just reamed out my drop cj pitman arm and used the stock drag link & tie rod. My turning radius sucked. I ended up putting on a stock waggy arm, and got my good turning radius. So my advice is to buy a waggy pitman arm, use the stock drag link & tie rod, and be done. I got a new pitman arm from someone online, they are not hard to find.

Edit: I did cut the orignal waggy draglink. I cut 3-4'' out, ground a deep v on both ends- ie; > <, welded in a jig, then sleeved over the top. It has worked for several years of wheeling.

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RADRICK - thanks for the info. That was my original thought, but after reading a little bit about others who have done it, some have said that the drag link and tie rod were too close and hit each other. Others have said they had to use the MORE steering box bracket to move the box forward. Does your linkage hit each other anywhere?
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Use the waggy steering with the waggy axle. Buy high a high steer arm for the pass knuckle. (you need flattop knuckles if you dont have them) Flip the tie rod to the top side and put the drag link on the high steer arm. I had to add an extension tube to the drag link to be able to bolt up to the pitman arm. I also had to remove the drop pitman for a flat pitman arm, because the tie rod flip brought it up high enough.


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RADRICK - thanks for the info. That was my original thought, but after reading a little bit about others who have done it, some have said that the drag link and tie rod were too close and hit each other. Others have said they had to use the MORE steering box bracket to move the box forward. Does your linkage hit each other anywhere?
My linkages do not touch. My cj frame is a 74 which is narrower than a scrambler. The box is in stock location. I don't know if that makes any diffrence.
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Old February 24th, 2013, 08:36 PM   #7
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i used a 76 waggy 44 76 waggy pitman and steering i also have a 4inch lift spring under i moved my steering box about 2.5 inches forward and i cut roughly 4 inches off the drag link and re threaded it to all work like stock i love it steers awesome
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Thanks for your input guys. I really appreciate it. I'll start looking for a Waggy pitman arm and draglink. Jim
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pitman arm from jcwhitney was something like $40 shipped if i remember right and has a 3/4 to 1 inch drop in it in stock form also the threads on the draglink and tierod are 7/8/18 if you cut and run new treads farther down like i did

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