Another CJ Axle Swap Question
I just got a 76 CJ5, still all original 304/4speed. Not quite sure what I want to do with it, just thinking out loud and wanting to get my ducks in a row before I start spending money. I am pretty sure I want disc brakes on the front and may want to go to 35" tires. Do the 74-9 Wagoneer front Dana 44s all have disc brakes on them? My thinking is that I could shorten the Wagoneer front but keep the hubs/brakes as is. Moser says they can make one piece axles for the AMC 20 with the 6 lug pattern to match the Wagoneer front for about $100 over the cost of the regular one piece axle. This seems like it would be cheaper and easier than swapping parts on the front to match the 5 lug rear. How compatible are the 44 steering parts with the CJ? The sheet metal on this Jeep is rough already so I am hoping that I can make whatever tire clearance I need by lifting the body and trimming the wheel wells, hoping to avoid as many steering mods as possible. What are the limits of the D30 I have in the front now? I know I can get better axles for it but I don't want to start putting money into it just to end up replacing it.