post #16 of Old 09-28-2011, 06:54 PM
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axles are MUCH easier to swap than a tranny so if i were you i would get one with a good tranny like the t176 and narrows and swap in a set of wides.
I will respectful disagree with this point, I can swap a tranny in a matter of hours, if a complete unit was sitting there maybe as quick as an hour. My 17 yo thanks to the CJ can probably do it 2-3. Axles take longer in my experience, again maybe if they were sitting there complete and ready it would take 4-6 to do both and then I have to rough set the alignment and take it to the alignment shop. If you have to change over the steering linkage add 20-30 minutes. These times are with air tools a flying. Keep in mind on most Jeeps you don't even have to jack it up to do the tranny, the axles you have to block both the axles and the frame, it all takes time.

Sorry somewhat of topic, but to the point wide tracks are the way to go.


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post #17 of Old 09-28-2011, 07:32 PM
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Narrow or wide does not really matter as much as getting a vehicle that will not be a bottomless money pit.

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I will respectful disagree with this point, I can swap a tranny in a matter of hours, if a complete unit was sitting there maybe as quick as an hour. My 17 yo thanks to the CJ can probably do it 2-3. Axles take longer in my experience, again maybe if they were sitting there complete and ready it would take 4-6 to do both and then I have to rough set the alignment and take it to the alignment shop. If you have to change over the steering linkage add 20-30 minutes. These times are with air tools a flying. Keep in mind on most Jeeps you don't even have to jack it up to do the tranny, the axles you have to block both the axles and the frame, it all takes time.

Sorry somewhat of topic, but to the point wide tracks are the way to go.
i agree that if you have all the parts for either swap and everything is ready to go. but thats not usually the case. also, given the average price of wide tracks and trannies/driveshafts. it will almost always be cheaper to swap narrows for wides than swap a t4 or any other weak tranny of those years to a t176/diff driveshafts for example

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