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View Poll Results: To lengthen or not to lengthen and how to go about it?
Leave it be with rear axle 6" wider 2 8.33%
Add 2" adapters to the front making the difference only 2" total 7 29.17%
Add 3" adapters to the front making the axles the same length 2 8.33%
You have no business owning this Cherokee. Drive it off of a cliff immediately! 9 37.50%
Other - please specify 4 16.67%
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post #16 of 87 Old 03-03-2013, 10:24 AM
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Convert the waggy to 5x5.5 and run spacers to get it a little wider.

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post #17 of 87 Old 03-03-2013, 10:25 AM
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post #18 of 87 Old 03-03-2013, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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That's cool. Most people turn up their noses to that kind of "mod" in an XJ, but to each his own. I'm not going to waste cargo space or Jeep funds on subs and amps, but I'm also not going to knock someone else that wants to.
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post #19 of 87 Old 03-03-2013, 10:30 AM
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Convert the waggy to 5x5.5 and run spacers to get it a little wider.
I'd vote this way. Convert to same pattern as 9" and get matching wheels. Use 2" spacers and roll with the rear being wider by 2". Won't be that noticeable or

Cut down the 9" which wouldn't be that hard on a rear axle. Most rigs have different width axles but the front is wider. 9" came in so many different widths you could cut it down or swap it to a narrower 9".

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post #20 of 87 Old 03-03-2013, 10:35 AM
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That's cool. Most people turn up their noses to that kind of "mod" in an XJ, but to each his own. I'm not going to waste cargo space or Jeep funds on subs and amps, but I'm also not going to knock someone else that wants to.
I've always been a music lover, and I'm a drummer. The bass is to recreate the rush of a live, loud performance. But also, here in Montana, it's wise to keep some weight down on your tires for the sake of the icy roads.

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post #21 of 87 Old 03-03-2013, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Again...I'm not swapping axles. I'm using these. I am also not going to cut down the axle. That will take time I don't have and is above my skill level at this time. I know I could take it to someone to have done, but I'm not going to. I am going to read up about the parts I will need to convert the front to 5 lug tonight at work and how much it will cost. If it isn't too crazy ($200 or less) I will go that route. If not.... I'll most likely go with the 2" adapters or just roll with it as is.

Can anyone that already knows help me out with all the parts I'll need to buy to change the Waggy D44 to 5x5.5?
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post #22 of 87 Old 03-03-2013, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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I've always been a music lover, and I'm a drummer. The bass is to recreate the rush of a live, loud performance. But also, here in Montana, it's wise to keep some weight down on your tires for the sake of the icy roads.
Well, then that works out great for you. I installed nice speakers in my kick panels, so I have tunes when I remove my front doors. Then I sank the Jeep a little and they don't sound as nice as they used to. I also installed some 6x9's in the hatch, but that is about as far as I'm going with the "sound system"
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Off the top of my head you will need
Chevy/FSJ knuckle and small bearing spindle
Ford or Chevy spindle and wheel bearings
Ford wheel bearing seal
Ford hub
Ford rotor
Chevy caliper and caliper bracket
Chevy stub shaft

There is also a lot of information here
http://77cj.littlekeylime.com/web_rs44.html
http://www.pirate4x4.com/tech/billav...ngresearch.htm
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Thanks a lot for the info and links. I'll check all that out tonight at work
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it will track like hell on the trail and you'll get caught between trees and **** all the time being that much wider in the rear. my advice is sell the 9 and go find yourself either a rear 44 from a waggy (dirt cheap) or an 8.8 (dirt cheap and has the same bolt pattern as the 9)

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it will track like hell on the trail and you'll get caught between trees and **** all the time being that much wider in the rear. my advice is sell the 9 and go find yourself either a rear 44 from a waggy (dirt cheap) or an 8.8 (dirt cheap and has the same bolt pattern as the 9)
First of all I said in here that I am NOT getting a new axle it is not in the budget right now. Plus, isn't the 8.8 a 5 on 4 and a half bolt pattern. If I was going to pick up 1 of these "dirt cheap axels" I would still have to buy Gears, have them installed, and buy a locker. Not to mention do whatever is necessary to get it to fit under my XJ. So, I say again... I do not have the funds to do any of the above at this time.
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Your easiest fix is the spacers, and your situation is EXACTLY what the spacers are designed for. Width match and lug pattern match fixed w/$100

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it will track like hell on the trail and you'll get caught between trees and **** all the time being that much wider in the rear. my advice is sell the 9 and go find yourself either a rear 44 from a waggy (dirt cheap) or an 8.8 (dirt cheap and has the same bolt pattern as the 9)
If the axles are square to the frame why would it track differently?

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Your easiest fix is the spacers, and your situation is EXACTLY what the spacers are designed for. Width match and lug pattern match fixed w/$100
Well 2 piece adapters cost a little more than 1 piece adapters or spacers. 2" adapters are going to be $180 and 3" are $225.
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convert to 8 lug and run drw front spindles.

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