So ive had my jeep for about a year and a half now and a axle swap was always on the plan of upgrades and in just the past 3 weeks have i came up with the axles that i liked. the donor vehicle is a Ford F250 Ranger which is also donating its T-18 and NP 205 to the cause Heres what i have so far ive got the back axle out and the Dana 60 bolted in for test fit and hae the front out and the Dana 44 tore apart for rebuilding
what size tire do you plan to run. A dana 60 hangs down real low!
It doesn't hang down as bad as your saying Ritch, I want to say its only around 3/4 of and inch differnece, if that. But what you gain is a ton more in stregnth over a 44, notice I said over a 44.
Op what size tires are you planing on? I know the axle's you pulled are from a 3/4 ton truck in the offorad world that front is really not as strong as you think.
They still use tha same 297 U-joints as a dana 30 and about that same stub, so really your tire limit satys in the 36-37" range max. Yes Chrome shafts put you in the some what safe zone of maybe 38's, but its the rear that now become's the issue.
The stock 30 spline shafts in the rear can't handle alot of hard beatins with 38's.
And depending on the year Ford doner truck they could have the small boar spindle's wich need to be board out to except 35 spline shafts.
This is why you allway see me asking tire size first. That sets the limit up, 37's your safe with stock stuff, chrome shafts would be nice in the front but stock one's can work.
38"+ a 44 won't last long and the 60 rear is on its tire limit. This is why most hold out for a 60/14 bolt. They can run in a stock form up to about 42's for the front and 44's for the rear, after that chrom shafts are needed.
Again whats the tire size?
1993 YJ 4.0 60 Front, Rear steer 60, bolth spooled, 5.38's, 700r/241 39.5 iroks and beating it like it owes me money.
Upgrade the stock 44 shafts to Chromoly.
I broke the stock shafts the first time out with a ARB and 35 inch tires.
I am now running 36 inch bias Iroks with upgraded shafts with no problems.
I run Spicer u joints and swap them out every two years. They hold up well but there is no grease left in the caps.
If I was going to do it all over I would go with CV axle set.
By the time you buy the Chromoly axles, and the ujoints you are pretty close to the price of the CVs. http://completeoffroad.com/c-62666-d...axle-kits.html
Yes I would run them with 37 inch tires. Which depending on what tire you run are pretty close to my Iroks.
93 YJ SOA 2" springs front, XJ springs rear w/main leaf added, High pinon 9 inch rear detroit locker front Dana 44 ARB 4.56 Gears, 36 inch Irok tires too much to list. www.mijc.org