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Unread 11-15-2012, 01:27 PM   #1
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Best hubs for a CJ-7

I'm getting ready to redo the brakes on my 1985 CJ-7 and I figured I might as well replace the front axle U-Joints and hubs while I'm in there.

Anybody got any suggestions on the best hubs you can put on a 1985 CJ-7 and where I might purchase them? I'm running with a stock Dana 30 front end.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Unread 11-15-2012, 02:11 PM   #2
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Every time this subject comes up the same three players are mentioned, Warn, Superwinch, and Mile Marker.

Warn doens't make a premium hub for that year, so that leaves the other two, both of which are quality lockouts.
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Unread 11-15-2012, 02:19 PM   #3
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Get a 6 bolt hub flange from a early CJ with disc (I think 79,80) and then you can fit the Warn (6 bolt) premium Hub's.
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Unread 11-15-2012, 02:39 PM   #4
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Get a 6 bolt hub flange from a early CJ with disc (I think 79,80) and then you can fit the Warn (6 bolt) premium Hub's.
Yeah, but the factory style center caps won't fit over them anymore if you have OEM wagon wheels.

Warn still makes replacements for them, same as OEM.

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Unread 11-15-2012, 02:47 PM   #5
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I converted my crappy 5 bolts to 6 bolt premiums with the stud kit on my 85'. You can kind of see them in the second pic.



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Unread 11-15-2012, 06:14 PM   #6
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I converted my crappy 5 bolts to 6 bolt premiums with the stud kit on my 85'.
Agree, If you're going to actually use 4W drive, ditch the 5 stud bearing hubs for the pre- '80 D30 or D44 6 stud hubs. Then you can run decent hub locks.
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Unread 11-15-2012, 07:03 PM   #7
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the best hub out there is the one that wont break, or maybe you do. if the hub was the weak link it would save the rest of the drivetrain. so maybe just go to junkyard and get a spare to carry.
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Unread 11-15-2012, 07:47 PM   #8
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Ive been preaching that for years. I run stock hubs as a weak link. Id rather replace a hub any day rather than a busted ring and pinion, carrier, or axles.

As stated, weather your running the stock rims/center caps plays a big role in hub type as well.
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Unread 11-15-2012, 09:36 PM   #9
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Ive been preaching that for years. I run stock hubs as a weak link. Id rather replace a hub any day rather than a busted ring and pinion, carrier, or axles.

As stated, weather your running the stock rims/center caps plays a big role in hub type as well.
I run alloy shafts with an ARB. So, who knows what would give first. I'm not hard on my stuff, so I don't really worry about it to much.
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Unread 03-06-2013, 06:46 PM   #10
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stud kit

were did you get the 5 stud to 6 stud hub kit I looking to changing my 85 CJ 7 also
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Unread 03-07-2013, 09:41 AM   #11
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This will work with factory wheel center caps, and is the best hub conversion you can get

http://www.ebay.com/itm/110810950047...9#ht_448wt_932

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Unread 03-07-2013, 12:21 PM   #12
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were did you get the 5 stud to 6 stud hub kit I looking to changing my 85 CJ 7 also
There isn't a 5 stud to 6 stud conversion kit. There is a kit that converts from using bolts to retain the lockouts to studs. You can separately buy the parts to convert the wheelbearing hubs from five bolt WB hubs to six bolt WB hubs, but there isn't a "kit" that does both things.
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Unread 03-08-2013, 09:09 AM   #13
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Whatever happened to the "internally splined conversion" kit that Warn used to sell? I had heard that Randy's R&P picked up that line, but I'm not sure. Anyhow, that conversion was a little pricey, but was supposed to be a very good setup. One of the benefits was that it eliminated the external bolts, so there was nothing to worry about in terms of the bolts backing out or even shearing.
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That's the one wm69 has the ebay link to. I don't think Randy's ever put it back into production.
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Unread 03-08-2013, 10:29 AM   #15
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Correct...I should have caught that! The price it's going for is much more than it used to sell for new. The YJ & TJ conversions were major dollars, but the CJ conversion was under $300. That being said, it did force you to upgrade to the larger u-joints and outer shaft, but I could be mistaken. This naturally incurred further costs.
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