would it be easier to repair the jeep d44 and use it or the scout.
probably less work to use the scout (assuming the tube is bent on the Jeep D44)
cant you straighten a bent tube?
you can, this would involve re-tubing the axle... not a particularily easy job if you don't have the right tools or experience.
i will regear either way but i want have to redrill the flages on the jeep axle
is the scout axle already 5 on 4.5?? i would have figured you'd have to redrill it as well as its probably 5 on 5.5.
and it is the same width unlike the 58' scout axle.
2" less (1" on either side) is not that big of a deal. you could probably run that with no spacers. the common Ford 8.8 swap, that axle is around 58".
but the scout axle uses bigger brake drums!!!
Since its in the rear, I seriously doubt the increase in drum size from the Jeep D44 will make any bit of difference in your stopping power.
also since i am doing a spring over can i use the stock mounts from the cherokee and use shims to correct the angle like a cherokee lift uses or will i need to replace them to?
spring perches? Assuming they line up (which i believe they will), yes, you could reuse them and just use degree shims to adjust the pinion angle.
Just another note... i'm not entirely sure about the rear axles, but I know the original Scout (not Scout II) front D44s are not that desirable as they have zero degree caster and they're one of the weakest D44s out there. Not sure if the rear possess the same weak characteristics the front does.
1995.5 Isuzu Rodeo - SAS'd and SOA'd, sitting on 36x12.50 TSLs, D44 front, 14bff rear, locked by OX and Detriot, suspensions by Jeep and Chevy, high steer conversion, 5.13 gearing and Teralow in the case.