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Old 01-06-2010, 01:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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14 bolt rear axle swap questions

I am trying to swap a 14 bolt into the rear of my 96 cherokee to replace the 1/2 ton 89' Cherokee D44 because I am running 37" tires and low gearing and think that it will most like go out after a little abuse. My friend has a 14 bolt laying in his back yard that he is pretty sure is out of a 77 1 ton chevy K-30 with drum brakes. How can I tell for sure what the axle is out of and if it is out of a 77 1 ton would it be a FF or SF? Also what would i measure on my jeep and on the axle to see if I would have to cut it to fit and where to place the leaf spring pads at? Also does anyone know how much weight it cuts off the axle to change it from drum to disk brakes?
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Old 01-06-2010, 06:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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thanks for the link that helped out a lot but im still a little confused about a few things... I currently have a front D44 from a wagoneer that I believe is about 59" wms but it has Chevy disk brakes installed on it could this change the wms? If the front is really 59" WMS-WMS then what would be the easiest way to get the 77' GM DRW 14 bolt with drums which i believe has a 72" wms-wms to the correct length with disk brakes installed?
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I found the stock 87-90 XJ Dana 44 WMS-WMS and it is about 60 3/4" but it does not have the pad perch width listed. I know that for the 1 ton 14 bolt DRW that I have it is 40.5" of perch spacing. I would normally just go out and do some measuring but I am not currently near my jeep or the 14 bolt axle
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I currently have a front D44 from a wagoneer that I believe is about 59" wms but it has Chevy disk brakes installed on it could this change the wms?
Fullsize Jeep and Chevy used the same brake parts, so it doesn't really have "Chevy" disc brakes on it. If it has a 59" WMS, somebody cut it down.

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If the front is really 59" WMS-WMS then what would be the easiest way to get the 77' GM DRW 14 bolt with drums which i believe has a 72" wms-wms to the correct length with disk brakes installed?
It would have to be narrowed by someone who knows how to narrow a rear axle. Judging by the questions, you don't have the necessary knowledge and most likely lack the correct tools.
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Ya I do not personally know how but a few people that I know have swapped out many 14 bolts and know how to install the differentials and lockers also. I was just wondering what kind of parts I would need to get this axle set up and under my jeep if it is even possible to do this. So does anyone know if it would be possible to swap a DRW 14 bolt FF out out of a 77' GM truck with drum brakes into an XJ. If so what would be required? (cutting, new shafts, etc...) any links with info or XJ rear 14 bolt swaps would be great. I have done a lot of searching but could not find the answers that I was looking for so any help would be appreciated
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Of course it's a possible swap.

Just like any other swap with leaf springs you need spring pads on the axle to line up with the leaf springs.

You need the driveshaft to be the right length and have the right ujoint size to attach to the rear axle.

You need shock mounts and the proper brake lines and emergency brake cables.

Now, without narrowing the axle it will be goofy wide, especially if you don't swap in a really wide front axle which you're not likely to find.

A better choice if you have to have a 14 bolt (not a wise choice IMO) would be either a SRW pickup version which is 67.5" WMS to WMS or a dually cab&chassis version which is 63.5" WMS to WMS.

If you find info on swapping one into a YJ or CJ the same basis things apply to your XJ. They all have leaf springs in the rear, so there's nothing really special just because it's an XJ.
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I just purchased a C&C 14 bolt it has a 63.5" wms. I want to swap in disk brakes and a ARB locker. I have been looking around at disk brake kits and ARB lockers I have found some alright deals but I have heard of a lot of people getting better prices on 14 bolt parts. Does anyone know of any websites that have really good prices on ARB lockers and disk brake kits? Also will I need new axle shafts to switch the drum brakes to disk brakes?
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I just purchased a C&C 14 bolt it has a 63.5" wms. I want to swap in disk brakes and a ARB locker. I have been looking around at disk brake kits and ARB lockers I have found some alright deals but I have heard of a lot of people getting better prices on 14 bolt parts. Does anyone know of any websites that have really good prices on ARB lockers and disk brake kits? Also will I need new axle shafts to switch the drum brakes to disk brakes?
Check the Vendor area on the board. Most listed there give a pbb discount and know what they are talking about. When I bought my locker and gears I used alljeep.com aka waynehartwig

He is one of the vendors listed and shipping was fast with great service.
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Also will I need new axle shafts to switch the drum brakes to disk brakes?
No you won't. You might want to google "14 bolt disc brake swap" to see what you're doing. There's really no need for any kit. The only non-factory part that's necessary is a bracket to mount the calipers to and lots of vendors make them.
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I just purchased a C&C 14 bolt it has a 63.5" wms. I want to swap in disk brakes and a ARB locker. I have been looking around at disk brake kits and ARB lockers I have found some alright deals but I have heard of a lot of people getting better prices on 14 bolt parts. Does anyone know of any websites that have really good prices on ARB lockers and disk brake kits? Also will I need new axle shafts to switch the drum brakes to disk brakes?
Ruff stuff specialties has great brackets for the 14b disc brake swap. For the rest, i read through the billa vista 14 bolt disc brake conversion...did whole swap for somewhere around $230, including brackets from ruff stuff, calipers, rotors, caliper pins, rebuild kit etc. Easy swap. Good luck Oh, and unless you're stuck on the ARB, I'd do a detroit, also easy; drops into 14 two piece carrier, and is only like $4-500.
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Ruff stuff specialties has great brackets for the 14b disc brake swap. For the rest, i read through the billa vista 14 bolt disc brake conversion...did whole swap for somewhere around $230, including brackets from ruff stuff, calipers, rotors, caliper pins, rebuild kit etc. Easy swap. Good luck Oh, and unless you're stuck on the ARB, I'd do a detroit, also easy; drops into 14 two piece carrier, and is only like $4-500.
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I just purchased a C&C 14 bolt it has a 63.5" wms. I want to swap in disk brakes and a ARB locker. I have been looking around at disk brake kits and ARB lockers I have found some alright deals but I have heard of a lot of people getting better prices on 14 bolt parts. Does anyone know of any websites that have really good prices on ARB lockers and disk brake kits? Also will I need new axle shafts to switch the drum brakes to disk brakes?
That really sucks that you jumped the gun and bought a 63.5" 14. If your keeping leafs, it wont fit. The perches will be at the very outte edge of the tube and leave you no room to effectivly weld it. And an even bigger issue is the brakes. Even with a disc swap, the leafs will hit the brakes. And there's absolutly no way around it.

I know your trying to comprimise width between front and rear, but unless you do dramatic suspension changes, a 63.5" 14 will not work. Period.

Sell the 63.5 and get a 67.

Your only other options are to relocate leafs or to 4 link.
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