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Old 10-12-2005, 01:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What front axle?

OK, here's what I got:

99' TJ 2.5l
ax5 231
8.8/d30 4:88's
RE LA's up front
5.5" coils
stretched to 104"
SOA YJ leafs rear
cell behind seats
on 35's.

I have a buddy that has offered to give me an HP ford 44 out of a late 70's model bronco. Should I run this axle, cut it down, change rear bolt pattern?
Run this front cut down, run spacers with matching pattern, (running spacers anyway at the moment 1.5" rear.) Run it full width, and try to make up for the width differences by spacers/ backspacing of new wheels? Or just get a waggy front, and change both to 5on5.5? I have looked over this alot, and searched everywhere and found lots of good stuff, just can't come to a conlusion. This rig will see either 36" SX's, or 36" ( i guess 37") Iroks.

EDIT: I want to keep the 8.8, and don't want to go 1 ton at this point, just wanna swap out the front.
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Old 10-12-2005, 03:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You should keep the front full width, then just buy rims to pull the front wheels in half the distance and the opisite for the rear... This is what I am doing for my full width 60. The closer the center of your tire is to the point that your knuckle rotates on the easier it is going to be to turn.
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Old 10-12-2005, 04:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Solid plan
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Old 10-12-2005, 04:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I was thinking that as well. If I leave it full width, I suppose I'll keep some spacers in the back, and just run different backspacing f & r. The heep was built this last time with 37's in mind, but kinda ran outta cash before I could build a front axle. More opinions/ideas welcome.....

Here is a pic of how the rig sits on 35's, only pic I got at the moment:
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Old 10-12-2005, 07:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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yeah i agree, dont cut it down, you will probably go full width rear eventually anyway and it will save you alot of hassle. Im in the middle of putting full widths on my TJ and got beadlocks with 5" of backspacing so its not going to be too wide...................
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how late 70's?

if its a 78 or 79 - start reading about radius arms... 'cuse that is all you got...

76/77 on the other hand...

im assuming this is a full size bronco?
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how late 70's?

if its a 78 or 79 - start reading about radius arms... 'cuse that is all you got...

76/77 on the other hand...

im assuming this is a full size bronco?
If it's hp44 then it's full width, or at least full width compared to the narrow 1st generation Broncos. It should be 67" wms to wms. I'd sell the 8.8 for some good $ and build up a matching 9" for the rear. If you really want to keep the 8.8 for now, you can get spacer/wheel adapter to change your bolt pattern from 5 on 4.5 to 5 on 5.5 The matching 9" is 64-65" so shoot for spacing the 8.8 a bit, it is a little narrow stock then the dana 35 or 44 that came in the TJ around 58.5-59", the stock TJ axles are 60".
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I'm running spacers back there now. WMS is around 61 in the rear now. Wheels have 4" backspacing, so I can gain there. I had planned on just selling the spydertrax I got now and get some adapters so I am aware of that. Yes it is one of the radius arm axles, (79') are they that hard to get off? Even with a plasma? I guess I could go waggy, but the HP is free, and I have access to a plasma cutter. I guess I could get a waggy and swap on the ford stuff to 5 on 5.5. Are the arms on the ford cast??

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X2 for a matching set of axles. Using wheel spacers and different backspacing to match trackwidth is ghetto. You should be able to sell your current rear axle and spacers easily.
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May lean toward waggy then, I just got this thing back on its feet a couple months ago, and can't afford to build two axles. I'm kinda fond of the 8.8 as well, and will likely run it until I go above 37" tire. The Bronco 44 was free, but my buddy is either keeping the rear, or doesn't have it. can't remember.
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