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Unread 08-11-2008, 07:06 PM   #1
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1 ton install on Comanche

I have recently acquired a 88 Comanche. I also conveniently have a set of full size axles from a 78 f250 from another build. I would like to put the two together and build a nice rig on a budget. my question is, what is the best way to go about marrying the two? Anything I need to look out for? what are everyone's thoughts on converting the coils in the front to a leaf spring setup? I have seen a couple rigs using waggy leafs and they seam to do well. example: http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showt...=232083&page=3

Thanks in advance for any insight provided.


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Unread 08-11-2008, 07:10 PM   #2
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Hope you can weld.............................................. .........................

This thread should help you for the front.I would think the rear is pretty self explanatory .
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Unread 08-11-2008, 07:21 PM   #3
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Hope you can weld.............................................. .........................

This thread should help you for the front.I would think the rear is pretty self explanatory .
awesome. exactly what i was looking for. the "google search" function wasn't helping me out very much.
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Unread 08-18-2008, 11:15 AM   #4
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Instead of converting the front to leafs, why don't you convert the front axle to accept coil springs. All you'd have to do is grind off the spring perches and weld on Coil Spring perches instead. I think that converting the front of an MJ to leafs would be too much work.
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Unread 08-18-2008, 11:58 AM   #5
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Instead of converting the front to leafs, why don't you convert the front axle to accept coil springs. All you'd have to do is grind off the spring perches and weld on Coil Spring perches instead. I think that converting the front of an MJ to leafs would be too much work.

Uhm I think you forget a few things there bud!

How about control arm mounts,both upper and lower as well as a track bar mount?
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Unread 08-18-2008, 12:17 PM   #6
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Uhm I think you forget a few things there bud!

How about control arm mounts,both upper and lower as well as a track bar mount?
DUUUUHHHHHHH

Been staring at this damn screen for waaay too long and definately didn't think before posting
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Unread 08-18-2008, 02:06 PM   #7
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TNT has some pre-fabbed trusses that include control arm mounts.
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Unread 08-27-2008, 03:22 AM   #8
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Wow, and you'll do all this for far cheaper than a quote I was just given to put a new Dana 44 under the front and rear of mine. Just for the Custom Dana 44 axles with lockers (not installed) are going to run me $2900 for the rear, $4350 for the front...

email quote from http://www.foothilloffroad.com/ ...

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A front axle in the configuration you're looking at will be around $4350, the rear would be around $2900. This gets you all new components, alloy shafts, bigger brakes, etc. The front would have the brackets you need for your suspension and the rear would have leaf spring hardware.
Haven't had any problems with that front Dana 30 but it always worries me, I'd love to upgrade my front and rear to the famed Dana 44 so many Jeep enthusiasts always seem to long for. I'm saving up now just to get the rear done first, but its going to be a while.
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Unread 08-27-2008, 01:24 PM   #9
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A good alternative for upgrading the axles is the new M44 Mopar units. I heard that the fronts are really close to a bolt-in.
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Unread 11-14-2012, 10:15 PM   #10
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some full size fords have coils in the front with somewhat of the same set up as the jeep. i have hurd of people using them for an easyer swap... just something to look into...
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