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post #16 of 127 Old 07-14-2009, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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I have decided to make a fairly drastic change to the direction of the build. This friday I should be getting a front drivers side drop D44 from an 81 Waggy, I think I will also take the AMC20 out of the rear. With those axles in my hands I am very tempted to go SOA, but this is my year round DD so I'm really not sure. I've also read that the AMC20 that came in the Wagoneers is stronger than the CJ version. I'm not sure if I should hunt for another rear or just keep the 20. Matching 44's would be nice, I just don't know if I will be able to find one.

I'm getting both of these axles for about $200, I couldn't pass it up.

Does anyone have experience converting the waggy 44 to 5x5.5"? Does that retain the locking hubs?


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post #17 of 127 Old 07-14-2009, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 87 with a 86 grand wagoneer swap the previous owner did, but he left it 6 lug and its actually kind of nice, easy to find 6 lug wheels
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Very nice job! thats why we own them! Its a jeep thing!
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post #20 of 127 Old 07-14-2009, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 87 with a 86 grand wagoneer swap the previous owner did, but he left it 6 lug and its actually kind of nice, easy to find 6 lug wheels
I'm starting to lean that way too. For no other reason than 6 bolt just looks sweet.

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yea i wouldn't even bother coverting...just a waste of money
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post #22 of 127 Old 07-17-2009, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Well after a solid 6 hours of work cutting them out with a grinder and sawzall (they don't allow torches), I have my axles!!

Dana 44






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I'm also still on the fence deciding between the BDS 3.5" and the RE XD 4.5". I'm beginning to lean towards the RE because with these axles I may as well go to 35's (I'll be regearing no matter what). The problem I have with RE is that I can't order upgraded rear springs in the kit and that is something I would really like (plans for swing out with spare, jerry cans, hi-lift and the hardtop is on 8 months per year).

Any input appreciated.

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post #24 of 127 Old 07-18-2009, 01:16 AM
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Jeep looks good man, and where did you get those tail lights?
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I'm also still on the fence deciding between the BDS 3.5" and the RE XD 4.5". I'm beginning to lean towards the RE because with these axles I may as well go to 35's (I'll be regearing no matter what). The problem I have with RE is that I can't order upgraded rear springs in the kit and that is something I would really like (plans for swing out with spare, jerry cans, hi-lift and the hardtop is on 8 months per year).

Any input appreciated.
Since you have new axles, why don't you just go ahead and get some stock height springs and do an SOA. Then you would definitely be able to run 35's.
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Jeep looks good man, and where did you get those tail lights?
At Princess Auto, on sale for $10 each.

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Since you have new axles, why don't you just go ahead and get some stock height springs and do an SOA. Then you would definitely be able to run 35's.
I'm considering it, in the end it would probably be less money because I was already planning an SYE and all the other things associated with the SOA. The only thing to add would be a rear ladder bar and some steering upgrades.

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post #27 of 127 Old 07-22-2009, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Got some work done on the axles. Removed the calipers and steering, started tearing down the hubs too, but no pics of that.





I've decided on the RE 4.5" XD for the lift. I seriously considered going SOA, but it is more that I need at this point in time and is really overkill for my uses.

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on my rig i have a 3.5 bds lift, 2 bl, 1.5 shackles and i clear the 35s fine, so it would depend on a bl really...

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on my rig i have a 3.5 bds lift, 2 bl, 1.5 shackles and i clear the 35s fine, so it would depend on a bl really...

http://ultimatecollisioncenter.zenfo...c8f9#h174d6f92
Well I put a 1" BL on recenty, so I don't really want to replace it. I'm just going to buy the springs and shocks for the kit to save money too, the vast majority of the other stuff won't even work on these axles.

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Got a little bit more done today, stripped the hubs as much as I could (need specific hub socket to go any further). I'll likely upgrade to warn premium hubs before this thing goes back together and keep the stock hubs as spares.




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