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Unread 11-30-2012, 07:09 PM   #1
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Axle swap question

let's say i come across a deal too good to pass up on a high pinion dana 60 front that is a driver's side drop and i need a passenger side drop. is it basically as simple, simple isn't the right word i'm sure but oh well, as swapping the drivers side short tube to the passenger side and the same with the long tube and then swapping axles around as well?

axles are one of very few areas of a vehicle i've never messed with. im looking to get a dana 60, maybe a 44, high pinion front axle and swap it into my 71 CJ5 with a 4bt cummins diesel, sm65 and dana 300. rear will hopefully be a matching dana 60/44 high pinion to help the short driveshaft as much as possible. would prefer a build like i just read about using front hubs to make a full floating rear as well as matching front disk breaks and calipers on the rear.

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Unread 12-01-2012, 04:53 PM   #2
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You will never have a hp44/60 without swapping tubes. Only ford ran hp axles. Wrong side diff. Grind welds, pop inner C off and measure. Cut long side down to short side spec. This is the tricky part, will need some sort of tooling to align the tubes, which obviously need to be straight. And sleeve the new long side with 4-6" of dom tube. Welding is a given here. Have thought about it many times. Haven't taken the plunge yet.
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Unread 12-02-2012, 07:25 PM   #3
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1971 was the last year for the Jeep offset rear Dana 44 it's also a flanged Dana 44
good axle. You can't run a Dana 300.

Your best bet is to sell it and buy a later 72-75 CJ5 longer hood and wheelbase by 3" Then you will have a centered flanged Dana 44 then you can run a Dana 20 or Dana 300

I had a 71 CJ5
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