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Old January 12th, 2008, 06:06 PM   #1
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I have a friend who is looking to swap a drivers side diff to a pass side diff by cutting the axle tube from inside the pumpkin to inside of the knuckle. Does anyone know if this is possible, and if it is, can anyone explain or send a link to us to show us how?

If it matters he has a 77 CJ5 and wants to swap in a 86 Grand wagoneer Dana 44.

Is it possible to just flip the axle so the drop would switch sides? Would we need to get reverse cut gears? Is that even a possibility? Any and all input is greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Old January 12th, 2008, 06:15 PM   #2
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you can cut and weld the axle tubes to do whatever you want them to do, then just get new axles shafts to match. as for flipping the axles upside down. do not do this. you will starve the pinion bearings, because the R&P was designed to move the lubricant to the foward pinion bearing.
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Is it possible to just flip the axle so the drop would switch sides? Would we need to get reverse cut gears? Is that even a possibility? Any and all input is greatly appreciated. Thanks


Just buy a 79 or later grand waggy front (passenger drop already)
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Old January 12th, 2008, 10:30 PM   #4
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Just buy a 79 or later grand waggy front (passenger drop already)

Wow, someone's on crack tonight. He meant 79 or earlier for passenger drop.

And I agree. Retubing that axle is ridiculous from a cost & effort perspective, especially since it doesn't even have flat-top knuckles. Osweezea, tell your buddy he's on crack, also. I have the set of axles he really wants to have, but I also have a spare front housing and a couple Chevy shafts he can have cut down. Then all he has to do is swap the knuckles-out onto the 70's housing.

Let's stop the crazy talk about flipping axles over. The lubrication issue has nothing to do with it, as you wouldn't even get that far. The tires of an axle flipped upside down will spin in the opposite direction of the tires on the other end of the vehicle. You would go nowhere.

Reverse cut gears turn the same direction as any other gearset. That doesn't have anything to do with retubing, flipping stuff over, etc. He has a standard-cut differential and that's what type of gear he will always use in it, no matter what he does to it.
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You can remove the axle tubes from the diff and knuckles and switch them from one side to the other. Just a lot of grinding and beating to get them apart and reattached. It won't be the easiest way but it can be done.
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iron moss has a front D44 from a NT waggy and its a passenger side drop if that helps. (parts forsale forum)
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Pm sent, I may be able to help??
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Don't know if you are interested, but i have a 10 bolt front out of a '87 3/4 burban, pass drop, complete from the knuckles inward.
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hey, thanks to all who posted! I'll let me buddy know whats out there, but if anyone else has anything that would work, feel free to add your input.
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