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Unread 02-28-2012, 08:56 PM   #1
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Engine to Axles

First Off let me say that, I know each of us has preferences and usage for a our jeep but….
I have less than a simple question… What is your perfect jeep drive train? From the engine to transmission to axles to wheel size with gear ratios…

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Unread 02-28-2012, 10:34 PM   #2
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We are talking "Jeep" here and not just anything under the sun?

AMC 360, T-18b with granny low, Dana 300 twin sticked,
Dana 60 out back, HD Dana 44 up front with big brakes.
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Unread 02-29-2012, 01:30 AM   #3
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obd1 4.7 stroker to a granny gear 4speed to nwf black box i to a d300 to a narrowed 66" wide d60 front and a full float ford 9" rear o wait what i am building
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Unread 02-29-2012, 02:24 AM   #4
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AMC258ci, Carter BBD, T176, Dana 300, AMC20.

Yes, really. if I wanted a more powerful 4WD I would drive my Cherokee. If I wanted more off road ability the tractor would come out.
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Unread 02-29-2012, 06:11 AM   #5
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First Off let me say that, I know each of us has preferences and usage for a our jeep but….
I have less than a simple question… What is your perfect jeep drive train? From the engine to transmission to axles to wheel size with gear ratios…
You actually hit the problem here.

For mud, sand, rocks, and all around wheeling, including pavement trips, driving to your favorite fishing hole, Etc...my choices would be.
6 cyl engine, I prefer the Buick V6, but a lightly modded 258 is hard to beat.
Since we are dreaming, EFI.
Either a truck OD 5 speed, such as the NV 4500, or an auto such as the 700R4
300 t case (although a 20 would probably due just fine).
44's front and rear.
4.11 ratio.
Selectable lockers.
Power disk brakes.
Power steering.
4" lift
33" tires. Again, application drives tread patterns. perhaps something in a Wildcat tread.
Although I love the pre 72 CJ5's, a CJ7 platform would allow for a lot more wriggle room. The base is also a bit wider.
Simple, strong, functionable.

Now as you begin to pick your medium of choice to wheel in, these choices will move around a bit.
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Unread 02-29-2012, 06:34 AM   #6
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For a hunting jeep in Wi's northwoods a cj8 with a gm 350/700r, dana 300, ford 9" front and rear, 4.88 gears, 4" lift, 35" tires
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Unread 02-29-2012, 10:02 AM   #7
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GOOD CALL! CJ-8...
I was thinking what I could stuff under a CJ-5 or CJ-7...

If I could have "Anything Jeep",
CJ-8 With longer wheel base, better approach and departure angles under a CJ-8 body.
Since it's not a 'Rock Buggy' or 'Desert Racer' or 'Mud bogger',
I think fairly common axles would work, but being able to clear at least 37" tires would be a good deal...
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Unread 02-29-2012, 10:05 AM   #8
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i would say an amc 360 or 401, np435/t18 with granny low, d300 with 4:1 kit, and at least d44's if not 60's with ox lockers
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Unread 02-29-2012, 10:12 AM   #9
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CJ8 with an LS6/4L60E/Atlas (or a beefed D300), TruHi9's front and rear with ARB's on 37" rubber....mmmmm.

If not that, then a QSB4.5T tuned and geared appropriately to pull stumps and sip fuel on the highway...
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Unread 02-29-2012, 10:35 AM   #10
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CJ8, LS9, 4L80E, 4 speed Atlas, Dynatrac Pro Rock 60's on 40's
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Unread 02-29-2012, 10:54 AM   #11
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OK, what happened to 'JEEP'...
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Unread 02-29-2012, 11:00 AM   #12
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OK, what happened to 'JEEP'...

Well, I took it as Jeep/AMC installed the Iron Duke, So the LS9 & 4L80E is still within the GM family.
The Atlas is a common Jeep swap, And based off the D300.
And the 60's are based off Dana which was also fitted to our Jeeps.
Kind of a stretch though
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Unread 02-29-2012, 11:24 AM   #13
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OK, what happened to 'JEEP'...
Nothing says JEEP more than a mish mash of parts from different manufacturers, no?
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Unread 02-29-2012, 11:29 AM   #14
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For what I do, I'd keep the same type of setup I have.
large ci SBC, GM trans, 9" rear
If I had to keep an AMC drivetrain and do the same type of thing, I'd do..
401 stroked to whatever I could
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Unread 02-29-2012, 01:08 PM   #15
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Nothing says JEEP more than a mish mash of parts from different manufacturers, no?
JEEP = Just Everyone Else's Parts
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