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Unread 03-03-2009, 11:07 AM   #1
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Need some axle ideas

I am looking to build a sand dune rig. I am thinking a cj7 or 5. I am not going to lift it much, but cut the fenders instead to keep it fairly low to the ground. I am wanting some ideas on wide axles. Real wide. Fabrication is not too big of a deal. Just wanting a good tough set of wide axles, any ideas. Thanks

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Unread 03-03-2009, 11:13 AM   #2
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stock cj axles after 81 are wider, but if you want some bulletproofs chevy 14b ff and a dana 60 front.

in my case i got a matched set of axles: corp 14b ff and dana 44 with flat tops off a 74 chevy 3/4 ton they're fairly wide

but your question is still very vague

what tires do you want to run, how much horse power/what engine?

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Unread 03-03-2009, 11:48 AM   #3
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Chevy trucks will have passenger side drops and be 69" wide. Anything from 1970 up through the 80 would probably work. I'm not familiar with newer trucks since I only visit junk yards.
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Unread 03-03-2009, 03:15 PM   #4
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junk yards and salvages is where most of the stuff will come from. The engine will most likely be a small block ford. 350 hp. 3 spd automatic or 4 speed manual. Not sure about transer case yet. This rig is going to be used almost exclusively in the sand dunes. 33" paddle tires on back and 33" terra tires up front probably. A lot of side hill playing, so I need it to be extremely stable while running sideways on a 45-50* slope. Oh, rims will be 15" wide with maximum offset. Hope this gives a little more description to what I am needing. Are Ford Dana 60's front and back pretty wide? Or are all dana's built to the same width??
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Unread 03-03-2009, 03:37 PM   #5
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The Fords will be about the same as the GM stuff..

yeah.. pretty much go with any of the full-width truck stuff... a front D44 or D60 and either a rear D60 or GM 14Bolt.

I'd decide on the transfer case first since it's going to dictate which side you're front pumpkin needs to be on.. D300 would allow a GM front axle with passenger side drop. With 33" front tires, a D44 should suffice. Maybe build it with alloy shafts and drive flanges for strength..
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Unread 03-04-2009, 08:16 AM   #6
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So, ideally if I could come up with a matched t-case and front and rear axles from same rig I would be set up good then?
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