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Unread 06-27-2003, 05:56 AM   #1
Daniel W
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Narrow vs. Wide axles

My rear axel is shot and I am looking to replace it
everyone seems to like the wide track rear and front ends. Just wondering how easy it would be to replace my narrow with wide on 80 cj7 i6 and would I have to do them both at the same time or can I just to the rear for now and do the front later. Would it be drive able with only the rear as a wide track axel. If I go with an amc 20 and 30. Also what is trac loc?

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Unread 06-27-2003, 07:37 AM   #2
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As long as the gears are the same, I guess you could use a wide track rear and your current front; it's gonna look a little funny, but I don't see why you couldn't do it. Trac Lok is a factory Jeep limited Slip rearend (not as good as a locker, but lot better than nothing!)
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Unread 06-27-2003, 09:12 AM   #3
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Try to find a set that is already built up from someone who is upgrading to bigger axles. I got a set of factory quadratrac axles with upgraded shafts, detroits, new brakes, seals, and bearings for around 500. The guy was putting huge axles to run 44 inch tires on his Jeep. I lucked out I guess. I am only going to run 35s, so they were perfect for me. You might be able to find a set for around 150 if they are stock.
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Unread 06-27-2003, 09:47 AM   #4
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the rear axle on most street driven vehicles is a tad narrower then the front to help the vehicle track straight. i dont know this for sure or not but would assume it would affect handling some how?

as for swapping them in, its a straight bolt in, the spring perches are the same on any CJ axle starting in 76. find yourself a set, front and rear, and swap them in at once. widetracks are a lil more pricey then narrowtrack cause of what your thinking bout doing now.
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Unread 06-28-2003, 01:06 PM   #5
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Rear axle narrower than front is supposed to improve the turning radius.
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