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Unread 01-20-2010, 08:30 AM   #1
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Narrow or WideTrack

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.

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Unread 01-20-2010, 10:12 AM   #2
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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.
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Unread 01-20-2010, 10:14 AM   #3
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Go with wide track or upgrade your axle
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Unread 01-20-2010, 10:35 AM   #4
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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?

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Unread 01-20-2010, 11:04 AM   #5
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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!
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Unread 01-20-2010, 12:05 PM   #6
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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.
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Unread 01-20-2010, 03:04 PM   #7
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I vote the narrow tracs with spacers. I have run both on the same jeep and didn't notice a difference. Iirc its only a 3 inch width difference total
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Unread 01-21-2010, 07:04 AM   #8
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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?
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Unread 01-21-2010, 07:45 AM   #9
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I would swap axles first and see how you like it, then you can add spacers if needed. With 15.5" wide tires, I wouldn't think you would need anymore width.
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Unread 01-21-2010, 08:17 AM   #10
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But with the narrow track axles i believe my tires would hit my leaf springs when turning and flexing. thats why i need the spacers i think
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Unread 01-21-2010, 09:17 AM   #11
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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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How do I tell If I have wide track? I have an 82 CJ7 Laredo...
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Unread 01-21-2010, 10:15 AM   #13
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Ok. I was planning on doing the gear swapping myself...but i found some 2.5in. spacers for $75 a pair. So i may just get them and try it. Thanks for the Info...
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Unread 01-21-2010, 01:31 PM   #14
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But with the narrow track axles i believe my tires would hit my leaf springs when turning and flexing. thats why i need the spacers i think
thats why you swap em in and just see how it is, then if you find in necessary, install the spacers.
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