I have a 84 CJ7 with the wide track under it with 3.?? gears. I have just bought a set of narrow track axles with 4.56's and detroits in them. It would be alot easire for me to just put the narrow track under my jeep. Or i could take the gears and lockers out and put in mine. How bout some suggestions.
Sounds like youve answered your own question. It would be easier to swap axles but better to keep the wide tracks and transfer for the parts over. What size tires do you have to need 4.56's? You might consider selling both sets of axles and buying a bigger set.
I"m running a 33x15.50. I believe i will be fine after i put the one piece axles in the rear and put on wheel spacers. Does having the narrow track really make a big difference when driving on the road?
Last edited by SwampRabbit; 01-20-2010 at 11:34 AM..
Does having the narrow track really make a big difference when driving on the road?
Short answer: YES!
I was reluctant at first, but swapped my narrows to wide track last year and was amazed at the difference. With only 5" additional axle length, the handling at both highway and trail speeds is remarkable ('79 CJ-7, 4" lift, 33x12.5 ProComps). Good luck!
Wide tracks make a world of difference when driving on the road. I would probably sell both sets and find a set of wide tracks with the gears you want or buy bigger axles. This is unless you are capable of swapping gears in your own garage.
Or go narrow and buy spacers.
But with 456s, you've gotta be running some big tires.
So it would be alright to just get 4 2in. wheel spacers and roll on? I've seen 3 inch wheel spacers for sale but that just seems too much. Also i will have to look at how much space would be between my tire and leaf spring since i'm running a 15.50 wide tire. How much more narrow is the NT vs. the WT?
i'm running narrow tracks with 2.5" bs wheels. it drives fine. its going to cost you a good bit of money to take the guts out and put in your axles unless you can do it yourself. then you're probably going to want to do bearings and seals anyway. throw some spacers on and go.
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