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Unread 07-24-2009, 10:55 AM   #1
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Axle Swap from narrow track to wide track

I have a 1979 CJ7 with the narrow track axles. Can I swap those out for the wide track axles from an 82-86 CJ? If so, what else must i do to finish the job?

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Unread 07-24-2009, 11:02 AM   #2
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yup, should be plug and play. They are identical except for the width.
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Unread 07-24-2009, 11:25 AM   #3
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Any reasons not to do the swap??
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Unread 07-24-2009, 11:50 AM   #4
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Steering linkage isn't identical. The wide track linkage must also come with the wider front axle.

Shock mounts are also different on wide tracks.
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Unread 07-24-2009, 12:00 PM   #5
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Correct me if I'm wrong but couldn't you just change wheels from an 8" wide to a 10" wide with the same back spacing and gain almost the results as using a wide track with 8" wide wheels? This is assuming that you are currently using 8" wide wheels and something like 33x12.5 tires.
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Unread 07-24-2009, 12:18 PM   #6
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Does the widetrack rear axle come with 2 piece axles just like the narrow track did?
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Unread 07-24-2009, 12:24 PM   #7
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Does the widetrack rear axle come with 2 piece axles just like the narrow track did?
Yes. you can get aftermarket 1 pc axles though.
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Unread 07-24-2009, 12:24 PM   #8
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Does the widetrack rear axle come with 2 piece axles just like the narrow track did?
Yes, they do.
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Unread 07-24-2009, 12:30 PM   #9
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Who or what brand makes a good 1 piece axle kit?
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Unread 07-24-2009, 12:35 PM   #10
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Moser, Yukon, Superior... Do some research on this topic...its one of the most widely covered
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I think the NT hubs are also stronger, if I remember correctly the later CJ's had weak 6 bolt compared to the earlier 5 bolt design...or the other way around. I ran wheel spacers for years and it was good. I recently went back to stock width for nostalgic reasons.
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Unread 07-24-2009, 01:11 PM   #12
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I think the NT hubs are also stronger, if I remember correctly the later CJ's had weak 6 bolt compared to the earlier 5 bolt design...or the other way around. I ran wheel spacers for years and it was good. I recently went back to stock width for nostalgic reasons.
yeah the old NT's had the 6bolt hubs and I know my WT has the 5bolt. But there is a thread for switching the WT's back to the 6bolt hub somewhere on here. I dont feel like searching for it though.
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Correct me if I'm wrong but couldn't you just change wheels from an 8" wide to a 10" wide with the same back spacing and gain almost the results as using a wide track with 8" wide wheels?
No. You aren't spacing the wheels any further from the frame doing this. You'd have to go to a wheel with less backspace to do what going to wider axles does.
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yeah the old NT's had the 6bolt hubs and I know my WT has the 5bolt. But there is a thread for switching the WT's back to the 6bolt hub somewhere on here. I dont feel like searching for it though.
I just swapped out my NT axles to WT just over a month ago. Everything is a clean swap. I removed the hubs, rotors, brake horns and calipers from the NT which were 6 bolt and swapped out the hardware on the WT. The only other part you might need is the longer steering link for the WT axles, I actually have one from the donor vehicle still. Also, I don't know if it matters i changed the U joint straps (screw type) on the WT to the U-bolt style that the NT had.
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I just swaped the narrow tracs out of my 75 for wide tracs out of an 84 and did have to mount new spring mounts on the rear I have a T18 4 speed I had 4:27 in it and went to a 2:73 so I could drive it faster than 45 miles per hour plus the ring and pinion in the front was gone. Now I am shifting different does the T18 have syncronizers in it
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