Originally Posted by jeepwillies
I am getting ready to purchase a Dana 30 front and 44 rear axel to swap into my 52 CJ. I was told to go with early (1970-1975) CJ Dana 30 and 44's. The dude at the Jeep store says that I need a newer front (30) than I originally thought, because the 1970 to 1975 CJ's had drum breaks on the front, which is part of the reason I am swapping them in the first place. Can anyone set me straight on this? Do I need a newer model? Really I just want two axels that require little modification with an open knuckle design and front disk brakes.
a Verry simple and inexpensive upgrade to all pre 72 CJ's is a swap to waggy 11" drum brakes. This is a bolt on conversion. I paid 30$ for mine complete. While this doesn't give you open knuckles and disks, it will virtualy double your braking power without breaking your wallet. As for the rear, 80CJ hit it on the head... late 70 and all early 71's came with offset 44's with flanged axles. earlier tapered 44's are just as strong, but have a 19 spline count, which will cut down your choices of traction diffs. While I don't know what your ultimate wheeling rig is, for mild most wheeling, a Powr-lok LS is a good choise and can be found in the 19 spline count. Just thought I'd shoot you an alternative.Good luck.