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!
I've also learned that sometimes... when people don't agree with you .... its best to hold them down and kidney punch them till they agree with you
What about shock mounts? Do you have to change them or can you run the shorter shock mounts on the frame?
If you use the spring plates used with NT axles you can keep the same shocks and frame mounts. If you mount the lower end of the shock on the WT axle tube mount you either need to get shorter shocks or replace the frame mounts with the taller variety.
'84 CJ-7: Yota axles (spartan locked front, e-locked rear) 4" BDS, 1" Daystar & 3/8" shackle lifts, 35" X-Terrains on steelies, YJ Tub & family roll bar, heater blower upgrade, 4.2L w/MC2100 & Team Rush, Warn 8274. Rebuilt 4.2/4.0 hybrid, AX15 and twin sticks/clocking ring waiting to go in.
The advertised position for a topless, dirty jeep girl has been filled......by my wife. Thanks to all that applied.
<------------and yes, that is her. :-D
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
Are you gonna get rid of those 4.27's? I'm looking to regear.
2013 JK (see info on left)
SOLD: 1983 CJ7
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