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Old 03-16-2006, 10:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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found out my rear is shorter than front :(

soo i had my rear springs deliverd last nite so i installed the rear axle....well it looked a little funny compared tot he front so i measured and sure enough the rear is around 6" Shorter than the front. The rear is a 9" and the front is a Dana 44. It wouldn't be a problem except the 9" has moser shafts. 3" spacers would be out of the question wouldn't it....i'd not wan't to run them either.

don't wan't to narrow the front as i don't have much money to do that than have to buy custome shafts

anything i could do?? Just leave it??
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all axles for a 4x4 are like that...the rear is narrower than the front to give it a better turning radius and it tracks better that way too
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That is a little 'too' much IMO of a difference. I would buy 1.5" spacers for it to decrease track width difference to approx. 3" overall.


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Mine are 3.5 inches diffrent... I run custom back spacing in the front to pull my front wheels in a bit... you could do that and space the rear out a little...
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i knew trucks were set up that way but 6" is far too much like you guys said. I was thinkin of running small spacers to bring the rear out. I wouldn't mind running custom backspacing on the rims but i don't wan't to do that as if i have to put a spare on it will cause all sorts of problems. I'll just go with 1.5 spacers on each side for the back.....can anyone recomend a good set for 5x5.5 pattern???

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i knew trucks were set up that way but 6" is far too much like you guys said.

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Old 03-16-2006, 12:58 PM   #7 (permalink)
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soo i had my rear springs deliverd last nite so i installed the rear axle....well it looked a little funny compared tot he front so i measured and sure enough the rear is around 6" Shorter than the front. The rear is a 9" and the front is a Dana 44. It wouldn't be a problem except the 9" has moser shafts. 3" spacers would be out of the question wouldn't it....i'd not wan't to run them either.

don't wan't to narrow the front as i don't have much money to do that than have to buy custome shafts

anything i could do?? Just leave it??

You're just now finding this out? Doesn't seem like you knew much about the axles you installed. Get 1.5 spacers on each side in the rear. Run 5" backspacing in the front, and 3.5" backspacing in the rear. Problem solved. Get a spare with either backspacing. It won't cause any problems.
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I would just get yourself some 1" or 1-1/2" spacers for the rear and call it good. My Waggies are something on the order of 62" front 58" rear. That's 4". If you're looking for it, you will see it, but it doesn't jump out at you. Doesn't bother me in the slightest. If it was good enough for a stock Waggie it's good enough for my YJ. My understanding is the rears are narrower so that the back wheels track closer to the front's when you are turning.
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Old 03-17-2006, 07:46 PM   #9 (permalink)
 
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to answer your question about wheel spacers.... spidertrax make nice ones, as do most of the custom companies... Mountain offroad express ( www.mountainoffroad.com ) makes custom spacers to your specs.
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