Have you ever just thought about picking up a pair of D60s and building them? Relatively cheap compared to some of your other plans; proven reliability; readily available.....
It's not nearly as simple as "picking up some 60's." First off, if I were to ever put a 60 up front, it would be a Ford SD HP60 from a 99-04 or 05+. Awesome axles and if I ever decide to run 42's on this Jeep, there's a good chance that will happen. And as much as I would love 42's on this Jeep, I'm having trouble justifying anything over 37's, especially since I'm so happy with them. Secondly, I wouldn't put a 60 in the rear. That would either be a Sterling or FF14. Third, I'm looking to definitively put a stop
to the building of this Jeep, at least in terms of the drivetrain and suspension. This gets me to that point much sooner than if big axles and big tires were in the plans. And I can tell you right now, the big axles would cost me more than these will, and not just the axles but the supporting modifications as well.
Damn boy you got a bad case of builders fever. Will be an awesome rig when you finally get it where you really want it though Connor.
Don't forget to have fun with your Jeep though. In the end that is what it's all about, having a good time with it, be it wheeling or building or both
What can I say, Art? I get tired of building but after a little time off, I've got the itch again. I'm having a great time with the Jeep right now....been driving it for two weeks straight, it's close to being wheelable, and it's in an overall good place right now. I should have a great summer/fall of wheeling and be ready to throw these axles under it late fall or early winter, just in time for next spring's wheeling season.
Why not the 60/14 combo? Are you steering away from tons b/c of ground clearance loss and their weight?
With 37's, definitely. This Jeep has always been about functionality, light weight and great clearance. I plan to keep it that way.
Haven't you noticed that Connor likes to do things differently.
It works for him though, he knows what he is doing
My opinion, but anyone swapping tons and going any less than a 40" tire is wasting their time. Running 37's on tons gives you the clearance of 33's on 1/4 ton axles. JK axles are perfect for 37-38" tires. Good width, good strength, massive aftermarket, relativity lightweight and good ground clearance and affordable. I'm surprised more people don't run them
Yep, these axles should be hella for stout once I'm done. Not too much, not too little. Just right.