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Old January 29th, 2006, 08:05 PM   #1
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Ok so im at the point were im considering going to full size axles on the CJ. Right now i have a front d44 and rear 9.25 out of a dodge ram 1500. I have only did swap's on trucks befour and dont know what to expect. Will I have to change t-case ect, custom drive shafts?..? Also I know Ill have to wled up spring perch's, shock mounts and extend brake lines,ect... Also if I decide not to use these axles any ideals the best to use in terms of how easy the install will be. and yes i did search but just need some conformation....
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Old January 30th, 2006, 03:53 AM   #2
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you'll have to-

outboard the front spring mounts on the CJs frame. Like this and this COST $50 in metal if you can weld
Relocate shock mounts COST $5 grinding wheel and weld supplies
new brake lines ($75)
get new ubolts and u bolt plates ($50 assuming you can use the pates from the donor)
fab new steering (from $100, $300 if you need high-steer)
narrow the perches on the rear axle (or outboard the mounts on the frame) FREE
probably get new driveshafts (the U joint sizes will be different than stock CJ). You can get conversion Ujoint, or just get new Driveshafts made, since the lenths might change. ($350 in shafts, $120 in Ujoints)
figure out any sway bar mounting (or just don't run swaybars)

Figure on spending about $750 or so. If it is a trail rig only, you can make a square front DS like I did... it will save you about $200. I would recommend getting the rear made by a pro, and having it balanced.

Is the dodge front pass side drop or drivers side drop? I assume your CJ is pass side drop (standard D20 or D300 tcase). If your front axle is drivers side drop, you will have to flip your D300 (buy a kit) or a better choice would be buy a chevy D44 that is pass side drop.
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Old January 30th, 2006, 03:03 PM   #3
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Thanks thats about what i figured. I have been thinking of buying a easyer d44 that is pass. side drop but the axles I have now are fee, and you cant beat free but im still thinking about it.
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There is no bolt in 44 for a CJ frame. You outboard or you chop down an axle to fit.
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There is no bolt in 44 for a CJ frame. You outboard or you chop down an axle to fit.


Yes there is. CJ-5 rear D44 and 86 CJ-7 rear D44.
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Yes there is. CJ-5 rear D44 and 86 CJ-7 rear D44.

Ok, let me rephrase this.

There is no bolt in D44 front axle for a CJ frame.

I was stricly talking front, since that is always the issue with axle swaps on CJ's.
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The Dodge axle has the spring perches slightly closer together and will pull your springs inward slightly. Not really a big deal and if you're building your own outboard setup you can accomodate this.

Or you can find a Chevy axle and use that with a lot of the available kits or build your own.
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