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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 #46 of 87 Old 03-03-2013, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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but since I am not confident welding that I will have to take it to a shop. I already have chromo shafts as well as spares, so don't really feel like buying NEW ones. So.......yeah....don't feel like going that route.

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I swapped in a full width front HPD60 which is quite a bit wider than my 8.8, and the WBP on the 60 is 8x6.5.

The 8.8 is ~2" wider than a normal Explorer 8.8 since I run a Super 88 kit on it, but I still needed some extra width and adapt the rear WBP to match the fronts.

The Super 88 shafts come predrilled to run either 5x4.5 or 5x5.5 WBP.

I added 2" spacer adapters onto the 8.8. No complaints.

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Good to know. So now the axles are the same width?

Good looking Jeep, by the way.
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I ordered a set of adapter/spacers from these folks for a very reasonable price. They made and shipped them within 24 hrs and I received them in a total of 3 days from the time I ordered them.

http://www.airbagit.com/Wheel-Adapters-s/1572.htm
So, are these hub and wheel centric? I just looked at the page and didn't see it specified anywhere. Also added a set to my shopping cart and it didn't ask or specify the hub size it will fit.
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Thanks. The 60 is still wider. I'm not sure by how much. Probably ~1-1.5" on each side, which I can live with for now. Eventually, I'll more than likely sell the 8.8 & go to a 14B.

I called them on the phone when I ordered them since I had a few questions.

They emailed me a questionnaire asking what axle they are being mounted on and my specifics I needed them to be machined to. I filled in the data they needed & faxed it back. After I faxed it, I call the nice lady & she confirmed my order. IIRC, mine are hub centric.
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and are those prices PER adapter? So, a pair would run me $240ish? I kind of like Lenny at Moto-Tech I've been talking to. He already has all my info and is going to machine them specifically for me, so they will fit like a glove. Wheel and Hub centric as well for $180 or $225 depending if I go with 2 or 3" adapters. I'm pretty sure I'm just going with the 2" flavor, which will put me in the same boat as you.....an inch wider in the front on each side.
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I *think* its per.
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I think so too, which puts Larry's $35 cheaper for the 3" and $45 cheaper for the 2". Thanks for the comparrison, but I think I'll go with Moto-Tech if I go through with this. Kind of want to make the decision by tomorrow, so I can get them ordered.
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Ok, after SLIGHTLY more accurate measuring tonight after work it looks like I might have been a bit off. The 9" is only 4.5" wider than the D44. Waggy axle is 60.5" and 9" is 65".

SO, the 2" wheel adapters will work out perfectly. Well, at least close enough for government work anyway. 1/4 inch wider on each side in the rear? Sounds good to me. So, **** all the haters. That's the route I'm going! Seriously though guys... thanks for all the feedback, advice, and bull****.
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Just don't forget the warnings you've gotten too. This will work, but you're gonna eat through your front tires cuz the ackerman angle will be outta whack. You will ultimately have to change your front or rear axle to match the other.

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Just don't forget the warnings you've gotten too. This will work, but you're gonna eat through your front tires cuz the ackerman angle will be outta whack. You will ultimately have to change your front or rear axle to match the other.
Works for me. Let's burn through these 33's so I can buy 35's
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I'd get a custom 9" front to match the rear, just saying. That is what I plan to buy, a pair of matched 9's.

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I'd get a custom 9" front to match the rear, just saying. That is what I plan to buy, a pair of matched 9's.
oooooohhhhh that would be SWEET! Guess I could go that route in about 10 years. Who do you think you're talking to here? Daddy-f'n-Warbucks? hahahahahaha I WISH I could get a set of custom 9" axles made. Must be nice for those that can. Then again...I bet they're not putting them under a Cherokee they initially bought for $300 then, are they?
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