So my jeep broke down last summer because the Automatic transmission went. I saved up and bought a parts jeep and swapped it to a manual tranny. The engine runs great 258--T5 d300. The problem comes with the axles. Seeing as i run 33's I really need to gear down. Additionally I think that the auto was geared much lower than stock manuals. I talked to parts places and they said you need to change the carrier to switch gears from 2.73 up to 4.56.. big shift... I cant even hit 4th gear on the highway. I think 4.11 or 4.56 are the way to go. I dont to much driving on the highways and i want to make it a weekend trail jeep. I think i want 4.56's . My question is are there popular axle swaps for the CJ because I have heard that the model 20 and model 30 are not known for being the best in terms of ruggedness. . Another question is if i get 4.56's and lockers for my current setup, dont they only sell them for the axles that are in there right now? Would you have to buy a complterly different setup if you wanted to change the axle size ... number of splines. IM looking for a solid axle that I can depend on.. but not too expensive... The parts place quoted me 1400 for the gears lockers and kit to install it. somehow i feel like I might be better off finding something out of another vehicle.Dana 44 or dana 60 Any suggestions on what to look for? Are there any pickups or suvs that i could borrow axles from at a junk yard?
'85 CJ7 Rebuilt 258/T5/Dana 300 Mopar MPI fuel Injuection kit - 35" Pro Comp X-Terrains,one piece rear axle, 4.56 gears, Tracloc rear, Detroit Nospin front, 2" Full-Traction Shackle Reversal, 1" body lift, 2.5" Sky Jacker lift
'05 Jeep "Willys" ~stock... daily driver