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  • Axle swap?

    Excuse me if this is a dumb question but I'm new to jeep's. I tried doing a search with little results on this.

    I plan on doing a SOA with a 4" lift. My question is how hard is it to swap cj-5 axles to a d-44 and a gm 12 bolt rear ie. steering issues, driveline angles, driveshafts, and anything else?

  • #2
    Should be pretty easy. The biggest thing is that you will have to weld the new mounts on to make sure that the driveline angles are good. I have not personally done this, but know some people that have swapped axles in and it really isn't all that difficult.



    • #3
      SOA with a 4" lift? Thats alot of lift for such a short drive shaft length. Your rear drive shaft angle would be completely insane! I bet your would need a CV joint ob both ends to make it work.


      • #4
        Yeah, that's like 9 inches of lift. An awful lot for a short wheelbased Jeep. Going to be pretty tippy. I have heard that you should "outboard" the shackles for better stability. Meaning like they are on full size trucks.



        • #5
          That's why I was wanting to take wider axles from a gm to make her high and wide.

          It is going to be for street and mud/sand.


          • #6
            Well, be carefull because at that height, you'll be apt to tip over backwards!

            Steering will be the big deal in that conversion, a high steer setup will be a necesity, and may be quite a pain in the end.

            I saw a set of rockwells in the for sale forum a while back, since you are going that high, might help to have some weight on the bottom to keep her upright.