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Unread 06-08-2013, 06:50 PM   #1
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anyone ever paired 60 with a 9"?

only issue I'm seeing is the lug pattern
no one will make custom 8 lug 9" shafts and a full floater 9 is insanely expensive

is it ok to just convert the front 60 to 5x5.5? my concern is ripping studs off. I'd feel safer being 8 lug
any other options?

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Unread 06-08-2013, 07:00 PM   #2
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here's some pirate threads I've been referencing
http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/ford/...ert-8-lug.html

found how to convert it without buying a crazy expensive hub kit
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/h.../#post11568151
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Am I missing something, your profile says you have 33's. Why? If you are going to a front 60 I would match it with some heavy gear in the rear. You can build a stout 9" but as you said, it will cost $. 14 bolt rear. Take it from me. My 60 rear has caused nothing but problems.
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Unread 06-08-2013, 07:20 PM   #4
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I know what my profile says. I know all about 14 bolt cost and strength. I'm just interested in different ways to match a 60 with a 9
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You can build a sweet a## 9". I have mapped it out. There are several places to get the housing from. It takes money and fab skills. More fab skill than just swapping an axle.

Spindles can be swapped on either the front 60 or the rear 9. You gotta do some reading on the bearings, hubs, sourcing the hubs, etc.. when getting into spindle changes.
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Your post is a bit of a conundrum. You like the 8 lug, but want to go to a 5 on 5.5"? Do you want the 5 on 5.5" inch as a goal or the 8 lug as a goal. I think that will guide and spindle decisions and therefore hub decisions.
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You can build a sweet a## 9". I have mapped it out. There are several places to get the housing from. It takes money and fab skills. More fab skill than just swapping an axle.

Spindles can be swapped on either the front 60 or the rear 9. You gotta do some reading on the bearings, hubs, sourcing the hubs, etc.. when getting into spindle changes.
I don't want to go as far as a 9floater or ruffstuff housing. just a 35 spline junkyard 9 build

I think I found my winning thread about converting a 9 to FF http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/gener...l-floater.html
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Your post is a bit of a conundrum. You like the 8 lug, but want to go to a 5 on 5.5"? Do you want the 5 on 5.5" inch as a goal or the 8 lug as a goal. I think that will guide and spindle decisions and therefore hub decisions.
only because I thought going 5x5.5 would be cheaper easier. then I saw the price tag on the hub kit I'd like to keep it all 8 lug
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I guess I should mention the goal of the build as well. I'm thinking of building a go-fast on coilovers and I'd prefer a 9" for less unsprung weight. only reason I'd ever want a 60 front is because I don't think a 44 can hold up to the abuse. so short of IFS or running a dummy housing, I'm open to front axle options as well. nothing is set in stone I'm just exploring
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What's the target tire size?
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Unread 06-10-2013, 05:17 PM   #11
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37. but of course way way down the road I'll probably want 40's. I've been reading up and a lot of ultra4 guys run 35 spline 9's rear with a spool on 40's. and they have a lot more horsepower than I ever will..

I think I decided for sure that I would just use ruffstuff spindle flanges and run matching front 60 outers and have the same brakes/bearings/spindles at all corners. so that is solved
with the front narrowed to 66"

so now this is a BS-about-the-axles-I-cant-afford-right-now thread
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Unread 06-17-2013, 08:27 AM   #12
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Its work and $$, but could build 609 rear. Use the 9 center and d70 spindles and hubs. Now you have ff, 8 lug 9" rear. Will need a 35 spline spool also.

There are a few guys running 8.8 rears in our xj club with 60 fronts on 35-38" rubber. One runs a few races like EMC and jumping on a d30 just wasn't working well for him.

I got my d70 cheap and planned to go the 609 route but couldn't justify cutting up a better axle to build the 9.
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