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Unread 02-08-2013, 09:50 PM   #1
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Axle swaps?

Started talking to a couple of jeep guys up here and they mentioned to me that I might want to look into "full width" axles but then did not elaborate. Any ideas what they were talking about? Also, while I'm in the subject, what gears do you guys think I should be running with 35's? The jeep becomes a dog in 5th gear and I think that the diffs are stock.

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Unread 02-08-2013, 09:56 PM   #2
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I believe those would be axles from a full sized truck. Dana 60s, etc.
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Unread 02-08-2013, 10:02 PM   #3
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Full width isn't "street legal" and doesn't fit most trail where I'm at.
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Unread 02-08-2013, 10:13 PM   #4
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Search for the infinite explorer 8.8 swap threads out there.
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Unread 02-08-2013, 11:08 PM   #5
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Your profile says you're in a 4.2, so you've likely got 3.53 or 3.07 gearing now. You want to find a front axle from a 4 cylinder YJ. They're equipped with 4.10 ratio from the factory, and will bolt in. Then you want to find a rear Explorer axle like Misfit says. They're also available in 4.10 ratio from the factory. They're almost a bolt in. Do a search for "YJ 8.8 swap"... it's been done 100's of times. There's one in the back of mine, and a bonus upgrade to rear disc brakes.
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Unread 02-09-2013, 06:46 AM   #6
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Concur with others. 8.8 here. Fun swap. Find a friend who can weld on some new perches and you'll be good to go.
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Unread 02-09-2013, 07:16 AM   #7
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Yes 8.8 here also.

You can have it done in a day with someone that can weld. Very nice upgrade!
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Unread 02-11-2013, 09:07 PM   #8
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OK, Thanks for all of the info. I've got feelers out for the axles recommended. Not a lot of good boneyards around me though. I've got a good hour + in any direction to try to find Jeep or "can be used on a Jeep" parts. Are there particular markings on the axles that are running 4:10 gears?
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Unread 02-11-2013, 09:09 PM   #9
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OK, Thanks for all of the info. I've got feelers out for the axles recommended. Not a lot of good boneyards around me though. I've got a good hour + in any direction to try to find Jeep or "can be used on a Jeep" parts. Are there particular markings on the axles that are running 4:10 gears?
ratio tags on the diff cover if still attached or pull the cover and count the teeth on ring and pinion. Look at stamp on ring gear
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