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Unread 06-25-2002, 01:08 AM   #1
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Post Rear end question for upgrading V8/383 swap in CJ-7.

Ever since my CJ-7 was swapped with a 383 Stroker and TH-350 tranny I feel I should have a larger power distribution to the rear wheels. Not like I want to pop wheelies or anything, but should the rear end gears be changed/upgraded? I run 33 inch tires/ 2 and 1/2 inch lift on an 86 CJ-7. I have a Dana 44 rear end stock, but should this be upgraded? I keep getting told not to alter as this rearend is quite capable and reputable for fairly heavy abuse even behind a V8/ 350 Tranny Swap. I use this Jeep as a daily driver as well as off-road, does anyone have any suggestions as to getting better performance.

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Unread 06-25-2002, 05:07 PM   #2
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I had a few Rear end shops tell me the same thing. The widetrack or 1986 44 is the one to have. The 44 is a tough axle. It's center section is behind the Viper and some of the older Vettes. For added strenght I replaced my Ujoint caps for loops. They also said run it till you tear it up, then buy the 60 or 9.
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