My '79 frame rotted out. 15 years after I put a 'glass tub on it. I lucked out and found an immaculate '86 roller w/a D44 rear. I do NOT like the WT look at all. Pa, or at least the inspection stations near me, have strict laws about wheels sticking out beyond the flares, so 11.50s are about the limit. My 12.50s throw crud from a wet spot on the road all over my CJ, which I keep immaculate....when running!
I beat the snot out of my stock 20 (airborne etc) w/o any failures behind a warmed 304. I read all the "bad" things about the 20 rear and how the 44 was such a great improvement. I should have welded the tubes, trussed it and put in 1 pc axles. Selling the D44 would have covered alot of the 20 upgrades. Luckily it had HD tie rods, but even though I had the axles COMPLETELY apart to re-gear and add a tru-trac....I forgot to swap over my 6 bolt Warn premium hubs. Now I have a killer axle set w/cruddy plastic 5 bolt stock hubs. D'OH!
Once a year, my CJ looks cool. St Patrick's day! Seriously, paint is my next project. And awhile ago you guys came through when I was waffling on the color & you guys threw up some Loden Green metalic. I forget who had a sweet Green Golden Eagle. Thanx guys!