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Old 04-16-2019, 08:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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To narrow or not to narrow.

First post here, thanks for the add BTW. Don’t know if this belongs in the Jeep Hardcore or not. I have a 02 TJ that I’ve building over the past year a little at a time $ dependent. I’ve owned a lot of Jeeps over my 50 years ( to this day I still regret selling my 83’ CJ8) but this is my first true build. Currently I have a F8.8 that I built in the rear (c clip eliminator making it WMS to WMS 61.6”) with a RE 7200 extreme duty long arm sus. The D30 is out and I have a line on a 76’ F150 Dana 44 for $200. From the research I’ve seen, that axle is 65.5” WMS to WMS. That’s a difference of 3.9” between front and rear. Is that enough of a difference to require the axle to still be shortened? I understand you still have to get the coil mounts centered under the vehicle. Any opinions would be welcome. I also have a NP241C drivers drop that I got from a guy who owed me some money. Anyone have any advice on swapping out a NP231 for a NP241C? This going to be going behind a 4L60E on the 5.3L swap I’m going to do. Thanks in advance for any input.
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This is the perfect place for this thread. What size tires are you going to run?
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The 241 has 2 problems.

Input spline and bolt pattern clocking

You can get clocking and adapter rings but you need to make sure they have seal extentions included.

You should be abole to swap the input gear from the 231 into the 241 as long as the 241 is 1994+
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Get some ~1" 5x4.5 to 5x5.5 adapter/spacers for the rear and call it good. ~65" is a very nice width. If you are running small tires (33-35s) you can run ~5" back spacing. Or if you want 37s and a little more clearance and stability you can go with a 3.5-4" back spaced wheel.
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Get some ~1" 5x4.5 to 5x5.5 adapter/spacers for the rear and call it good. ~65" is a very nice width. If you are running small tires (33-35s) you can run ~5" back spacing. Or if you want 37s and a little more clearance and stability you can go with a 3.5-4" back spaced wheel.
This is basically what I was thinking, I just didn’t want to spoonfeed him.
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Should have put that in there, plan on running 35”. The RE sus is 5.5”. I had given some thought to 1” spacers as well. Nice thing about the c clip eliminator shafts is that they are cut for 5x4.5 and 5x5.5. Thanks for the input on NP241C.

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Should have put that in there, plan on running 35”. The RE sus is 5.5”. I had given some thought to 1” spacers as well. Nice thing about the c clip eliminator shafts is that they are cut for 5x4.5 and 5x5.5. Thanks for the input on NP241C.
4" narrower in the rear is not a big deal. Many factory trucks are this way. Or run the spacers if you want it to be closer.
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Should have put that in there, plan on running 35”. The RE sus is 5.5”. I had given some thought to 1” spacers as well. Nice thing about the c clip eliminator shafts is that they are cut for 5x4.5 and 5x5.5. Thanks for the input on NP241C.
61” or 65” wide front axle will work with that. If you were going 37’s, I like the extra width for steering clearance.
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