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post #1 of 5 Old 01-21-2013, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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Need Help, I want to swap axles with something STRONG but not a fancy brand????

Hey Everyone,

I want to swap the stock Differentials w/ chrome alloy axles out of my CJ with something a whole lot stronger. I don't care too much about width as long as they are the same width and the same bolt pattern on the new axles. What all do you suggest and what does the axle come out of so I can pick them up? I don't want to keep is on the cheap and would like Disc brakes on the rear. Rear steer would be cool if anyone got a recommendation?

Backstory, my Jeep has hit a mile stone of more than 100K miles of just off-road and it looks like it. It has done good, and helped made some of the hardest trails around and keep trails open to the public. But I was pushing a very tired 4.2L that might of been all of 75hp when I fed the hamster crack. With the new Stroker I am building I am hoping to be closer to 250hp and 340lbs of torque. With the bigger and wider axles I might want to run larger tires such as 37's to 40's. I figure with the extra horse power and larger tire size I will break way more often. (The old front axle broke about 1 out of 10 trips.) So you can understand my worry.

I am going to build a custom 4 Link for the new axles so that isn't going to be a problem. I just need to know without breaking the bank, what are good axles for extreme rock crawling, street driving, and the pumpkins and rotation are bolt in (I don’t want to swap axle tubes or cut axles down)? And what did they come out of so I can hunt them down?

What about rear steering axles? Has anyone done that here and what do they recommend? What did they come out of?

I look forward to everyone’s advise.

Thank you for your help,

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post #2 of 5 Old 01-21-2013, 11:53 AM
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Chevy Dana 60 front axle, 14bolt full floater rear axle.

There's so much info on each of these on the web and lots of support for swaps/parts/gears/trusses/etc for each of them. You'd have to live under a rock to not find additional info about them.
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post #3 of 5 Old 01-21-2013, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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Just got done reading a little in the 14 Bolt, sounds like a solid option. Is this what you are running?
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post #4 of 5 Old 01-21-2013, 12:27 PM
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Dana 60 / 14 bolt from a Chevy

Sign up on Pirate4x4 and search, the have tons of good information on this. And I repeat, "SEARCH" before you start asking questions or they will eat you alive.

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post #5 of 5 Old 01-21-2013, 01:02 PM
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buy an M1008, take the axles from it (D60/14bff) sell the rest of the vehicle for parts/scrap to fund the axle swap. The axles from the M1008 came with 4.56 gears and a rear detroit locker already installed. Best starting point you'll find.

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Phase One : 5.3L Vortec/4L60E, Moser axles for AMC20, Twin Stick'd Dana300 - Completed
Phase Two: Bedliner, Rollcage, Seats, BESRK Rear Bumper w/ tire swing, Soft Top, and a few other goodies - Mostly Complete
Phase Three: Waggy 44 front, Scout D44 Rear, 4.56's, ARB's (F/R) SOA with YJ Springs, 35x12.50x15 BFG MT - Not Even Close to beginning

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