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Well I have read through all of the archives concerning axle width and found a few ideas as to what everyone is running, but I would like to pose this question for discussion.

What is the optimum axle width to run and why? It seems that wider is better but there has to be a limit to this thinking.

In my experience (which is not as much as many the professional's on this board) <IMG SRC="smilies/thefinger.gif" border="0"> I think that 62 inches or so seems to work well all around. Not so large that I have to take unneeded obstacles and the turing radius is still managable. But it is not so narrow as to sacrifice a good ability to sidehill.

The reason I pose this is I am planning my next buildup and would not mind tossing this idea around. <IMG SRC="smilies/nuke.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/nuke.gif" border="0">
 

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It all depends on where you wheel in my opinion but full-size axles ussually do the trick. The only problem is that they can sometimes be to wide for some obsiticals but it all depends on what you want. I would run full-size if i were you. <IMG SRC="smilies/usa.gif" border="0">
 

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It all depends on where you wheel in my opinion but full-size axles ussually do the trick. The only problem is that they can sometimes be to wide for some obsiticals but it all depends on what you want. I would run full-size if i were you. <IMG SRC="smilies/usa.gif" border="0">
 

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My opinion - 63-65" is about optimal...
 

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It also depends on what width&offset your wheels are + what size tire. My Jeep is 83.75 wide with 60" 60's, 2" offset 15X10 wheel's, 39.5X15X15 tires. It is more then capable for most any trail I know of if only I were <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> Here is a shot of it to give you an idea.
 

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just for comparison i run 62" wide d60/14bolt on my jeep and with 38.5x14.50 tsl sx's mounted on 15x10's with 3.5" backspacing i measure 79.5" total width (outside of tire to outside of tire). i am happy with this for the trails i run. wide but not too wide.
 

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Dang 66CJDean that looks professional that is a super CJ! Killer looking! Just to add I run fullwidth axles a 44 front out of a '73 Chevy with a matching full floater 14 bolt rear on my '77 CJ-5 and I have only done 2 trips with it but, now I wouldn't have nothing else but, maybe one day a 60 fullwidth for the front but, other than that for what I do I love it...I got info from this board too and the rockcrawler chat as well as alloffroad like I said I love fullwidth now to me its the way to go...
 

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Hey Alaska ZJ I run 60" axles on my 5 and I think they are a great width. They have never felt to tippy. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> What are you thinking about putting 63" wide axles under?
 

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Originally posted by 66CJdean:
<STRONG>It also depends on what width&offset your wheels are + what size tire. My Jeep is 83.75 wide with 60" 60's, 2" offset 15X10 wheel's, 39.5X15X15 tires. It is more then capable for most any trail I know of if only I were <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> Here is a shot of it to give you an idea.
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your width is wider than my wheelbase is long <IMG SRC="smilies/eek.gif" border="0"> but I think that you might have problems running the trails around here, the trees are too close together.
 

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Originally posted by 66CJdean:
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Is your steering linkage connected? Looks like you toe is way out. Maybe its just the angle.
 

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Hey Alaska ZJ I run 60" axles on my 5 and I think they are a great width. They have never felt to tippy. What are you thinking about putting 63" wide axles under?
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Alaska Assasin, I am in the process of building up my ZJ. Boxing the unibody frame.
Adding in a 44 front and hopefully a 60 rear.

Many many many other things in the works, it is winter time afterall and I have to have something to do. Come on over and we can weld stuff up! LOL
 

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hehehehe..... I think I would haft to pass that one up Alaska ZJ <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"> my CJ-5 was a pain in the butt!!!! Took 2 1/2 years to get it were it is now LOL. Are you in any of the clubs? Alaska Extreme? That is the club I am in. I just picked up my tires today and getting the Jeep all ready for next summer <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"> Did you wheel with any of that clubs this summer? <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce2.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0">
 

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Originally posted by Alaskan Assassin:
<STRONG>hehehehe..... I think I would haft to pass that one up Alaska ZJ <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"> my CJ-5 was a pain in the butt!!!! Took 2 1/2 years to get it were it is now LOL. Are you in any of the clubs? Alaska Extreme? That is the club I am in. I just picked up my tires today and getting the Jeep all ready for next summer <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"> Did you wheel with any of that clubs this summer? <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce2.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0"></STRONG>
Actually I just got up here this summer. I spent the last few years in Idaho getting my degree and before that I lived in Fairbanks. To tell you the truth I would probably trade my ZJ for a TJ or YJ with a hardtop. Or even a fairly well built CJ with a hardtop. This unibody thing has got me worried if it is worth upgrading anymore.

I will be going out with the LF4W and probably AE4W but as of right now I have only done Purches and wishbone with a friend who is gone now. They were fun but I broke lots of stuff (hense the buildup)
 
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