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post #1 of 10 Old 11-19-2013, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Moving front axle forward 1 1/2"

To allow room for larger tire 32" with lowest lift possible, I want to move my front axle forward 1 1/2".

I bought the steering box mount that moves the box forward.

Also new spring hangers to weld to frame and planning on adding 1 1/2" to frame rails.


couple question:

1. will I need a new steering sector shaft or will the OEM one stretch?

2. What's best way to move or new links to retain the factory sway bar?


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post #2 of 10 Old 11-19-2013, 04:23 PM
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1. You do know what a sector shaft is, right?

2. Drill and tap new holes in the bottom of the frame 1" farther forward. I'd use the front hole as the back hole on the swaybar mount. Or, do like I did years ago and totally remove the sway bar. Not needed.

Beat it to fit, paint it to match!

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post #3 of 10 Old 11-20-2013, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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1. Steering shaft. Do I need to get Borgeson shaft ?

2. Like to keep sway bar.
The sway bar mounts are near a curve section of frame.


Anyone moved their front axle forward?

Looking for tips and advice.



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post #4 of 10 Old 11-20-2013, 03:56 PM
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I moved mine and did not use the sway bar. I bought a Borgeson shaft only because mine was worn but you can use the factory one if you would rather. On the springs, I used a shackle reversal kit and modified the front brackets to move forward. Over all it was fairly easy.
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Moved mine with the M.O.R.E kit and got jks swaybar links for 4"+ lift... swaybar fits fine in stock location
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post #6 of 10 Old 11-20-2013, 09:02 PM
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I moved mine, over all easy, but I tossed the sway bars 12 years ago.

I couldn't tell the difference with them on or not.

You could just tub the fenders out, and not bother moving the axle,

A Longer wheelbase on 32 inch tires is probably not ideal. If you tub the front and cut the rear, you can fit 35s

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post #7 of 10 Old 11-21-2013, 05:32 AM
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I'm planning on moving mine whenever my dad lifts his j10. I currently run soa with factory springs with no sway bars. I've never run sway bars. If I was you I'd save some time and just eliminate the sway bar.

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post #8 of 10 Old 11-21-2013, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies... and keep them coming.


Good idea about just running longer sway bar links.




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post #9 of 10 Old 11-21-2013, 09:50 AM
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Get the detachable links if you wan't they are a bit longer and you can disconnect them.

Odd nobody noticed a difference with sway bar off or on. Made a huge difference in my CJ5. At least I stopped leaning out the door on a left turn.
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post #10 of 10 Old 01-27-2015, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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Got the Rugged Ridge heavy duty steering system & tie rod flip kit.

Been searching and found some replies that say... they rub.

Especially with the 2.5" YJ springs.

Most are using the M.O.R.E. steering box frame mount 1.25" forward and 1" down.

Seems consensus here is that 3/4" of inch is all can move front axle forward with the HD steering parts and flip.

Pitman arm from Astro Van or FSJ is shorter.

Now I'm wondering if I should get different longer springs for better ride?

Planning on now cutting cross-member & steering box loose and moving all that forward.

And of course adding to the frame.

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