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Unread 02-18-2010, 07:59 PM   #1
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1984 Cherokee axles in 1979 CJ5?

Just as the title states, will it work? I tried to do a search, but no luck with that year model, I can weld on the spring perches and use the springs on the cj, just wondering if any one had done it? I just blew the rear axle apart and have a cheap 84 cherokee I can get the axles out of

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Unread 02-18-2010, 09:21 PM   #2
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I believe that the front axle is a driver's side drop. And the rear will either be a Model 20 or Dana 44, I think they were Model 20s. Is you jeep an automatic or manual? The rear may or may not have an offset differential also. Take that into account.
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Unread 02-18-2010, 09:29 PM   #3
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My cj5 is a 3spd, the donor jeep is a 5spd, I havent had a chance to look at it yet, i dont know what side drop the front axle is, thats what i was hoping to find out...
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Unread 02-19-2010, 01:40 AM   #4
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Are we talking little Cherokee or big Cherokee (84 is right around the period they switched.) Either way, it will be a driver's side drop (the later SJ's switched sides from the earlier ones, and don't have an offset rear axle at all, no matter what transfer case. I used to have an 82 SJ Cherokee.) If it's an XJ it's definitely a driver's side drop.
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Unread 02-19-2010, 02:48 PM   #5
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84 would be an XJ (small Cherokee), the last year of the fullsize was 83. This would be one of the most pointless and ill-advised axle swaps I could possibly think of. The front axle in the XJ would be completely wrong for a CJ, besides having the pumpkin on the wrong side, it has all the bracketry for coil springs which would have to be cut off. It also has a weak two-piece axle with vacuum disconnect that never worked correctly and would have to be fixed. It also has sealed unit-bearing hubs which are nearly impossible to convert to locking hubs (Warn made a kit once upon a time but it was over $1000). The rear axle of the XJ would be a Dana 35 and there is really not much good that can be said about them. I wouldn't even consider trying to put one under a CJ.

Just because the XJ axles are available to you doesn't make them a viable candidate for a swap. Narrow track AMC 20's are a dime a dozen, there are currently about 30 of them on Ebay and none of them is more than $300. Even to repair yours would probably be cheaper and easier than trying to swap. What do you mean by "blew it apart" exactly?
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