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Old February 11th, 2008, 06:04 PM   #1
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I'm in the planing stages of a tube body buggy on an s-10 frame. I need to swap out the ifs front so would swap rear out at the same time to get a little wider the stock axle is about 60 inches outside to outside. I need passanger side drop and plan on running a minimum of 35 inch tall tires. what are my options for axles and donor vehichles?
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Pass drop you have alot of options, such as any fullsize Dodge or chevy straight axle truck, anywhere from 10bolts to dana 60s. It all comes down to how much cash you have. Avoid the older dodges with the unit bearing dana 44 fronts. They are easy to spot by their complete lack of front hubs or a place to bolt front hubs on.

Or if you want a narrower axle, a 74-80 Jeep fullsize J-truck or wagoneer will have a dana 44 pass drop, CJs of the same age will have a dana 30, which is marginal in strength for 35s.

Another off the wall option is a 79-85 toyota front axle. Alot of buggy guys run them up to about 40 inch tires. Just get a birfield eliminator kit for them. Plus they are plenty light.

One tip, If you are really planning on keeping the S-10 frame, you will need to push the axle way out front, or do some major reworking at the area that orignally was parrallel with the firewall. S-10 frames kick out at this point, and even in my jimmy with a front dana 60 full width axle, the tires rubbed at this point when I was running tires that measured out to 34 1/2.
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I already have a dana 60 front and corporate 14 rear but think they will be way to wide How wide are the full size and the jeep wagoneer axles?what about scout axles they would be simular width as the jeep but what side drop? and planed on mounting the axle as far forward as possible. thanks
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