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Unread 09-08-2009, 07:07 PM   #1
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NT or WT

I have a 80 CJ 7. I found a set of WT for $300. Is it worth the trouble to go WT or just kept the NT. Is there any thoughts on this or just might be wasting my time. Food for thought i am having a problem with the AMC 20 NT right now and will have to put some money into it already.

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Unread 09-08-2009, 10:35 PM   #2
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I have a 80 CJ 7. I found a set of WT for $300. Is it worth the trouble to go WT or just kept the NT. Is there any thoughts on this or just might be wasting my time. Food for thought i am having a problem with the AMC 20 NT right now and will have to put some money into it already.
I wouldn't put good money into the 20. It's like polishing a turd. I say go WT - especially if you plan on wheeling the Jeep and can do the work yourself. For the street it'll give you more stability but you'll need wider flares to cover them. Are the WT axles 44s?
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Unread 09-09-2009, 07:14 AM   #3
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The wide tracks are better but is the rear axle another AMC 20? If so, will it need work? Does it have one-piece axle shafts?

The AMC 20 can be very strong... the pinion and ring gears are much beefier than a Dana 44. The weak areas are thinner tubes and stock two-piece shafts.

I put one-piece shafts in mine, welded the tubes at both the flange and pumpkin, and had it trussed.

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Unread 09-09-2009, 09:40 AM   #4
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beefing an AMC is hardly polishing a turd...its not like its a Dana 35! one simple axle shaft upgrade and its very strong for up to 33" tires. Weld the tubes and truss it and its better than a dana 44. I'm yet to see anyone with that setup fail on the trails due to their axle tubes being too thin...
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