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Unread 09-11-2002, 09:35 PM   #1
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Front AXLE Identification...

Hello!!!

I have what appears to be a Model 30 front axle. Strange part is that this unit has metal brackets welded on it for the lower Shock mounting. Does anyone know what year model this is from?

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Unread 09-11-2002, 10:13 PM   #2
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Well it could be any year really.. is it set up for leaf or coil? Umm the perches or backets yer tlaking about stock.. or aftermarket?
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Unread 09-12-2002, 05:12 AM   #3
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Well, we're in the CJ forum, so I guess your talking about a CJ model front 30 and that would most likely be a wide track from the 82 to 86 years. It came with the lower shock mounts as described. The upper ones are "towers" bolted on to the frame side.
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Unread 09-12-2002, 07:59 PM   #4
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Well then!!!

Thanks Only!

That being the case, then why are the lower ends of the shocks FAR narrower than the space they fit into? Thinking that maybe my CJ had incorrect shocks, I looked at a new one and it was the same. There must be an INCH of slop for the shock to slide back and forth in!

Thanks again for your patience!

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Unread 09-12-2002, 11:51 PM   #5
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If you do still have the stock brackets , and not some other part that was just welded on, then maybe they are bent out and giving you the extra room.
Your shocks should be of the eye/eye type with the top and bottom eye being the same size. The upper eye does not use a metal sleave in the bushing while the lower one does. The bushing should extend beyond the shock eye by about 1/4 on each side. Thus fitting snuggly into the lower bracket whose outer walls are vertical and contain the holes for the bolt to go through. Does any of this fit what you have? The bracket is shaped like a "U" but with a squared of bottom.
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Unread 09-13-2002, 12:32 PM   #6
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Sounds right...

Hello again!

Your description sounds about right, don't have it here with me right now. I just hated to "squash" the sides in on the mounts to fit the shocks in case there was something amiss. So, I suppose it is time to just tighten the bolt until snug and not worry about it...

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Unread 09-20-2002, 08:55 PM   #7
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In my '83, the lower shock mounts are on the spring plates - However I can see where someone had cut the mounts off the axle. I'm guessing that this was changed to accept a longer shock (more travel). This is only a guess, but maybe the shocks have different width eyes for each application - and your's just happen to be the wrong ones.
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