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Old 07-24-2012, 09:45 PM
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Axle swapp

Hey, i have a 1981 Cherokee W/T A/T looking to do a axle swapp from a new truck Dodge Ford Chevy does no matter what does count front and rear disc brakes can someone tell me what year will work for my W/T cherokee A/T
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:59 PM
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If all you want is disks you can convert a rear D44 or M20 to disks real easily. Or is there another purpose in mind as well? ie: strength, aftermarket, etc?


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Old 07-24-2012, 11:36 PM
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If all you want is disks you can convert a rear D44 or M20 to disks real easily. Or is there another purpose in mind as well? ie: strength, aftermarket, etc?


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Strength would be the main reason! plus im going to go with hydro booster ect. ect. so im looking for axles from 2000 and up
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:30 AM
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Well, chevy/GM solid axles are passanger side drop, and they switched to IFS in 1988 (1991 for blazers and 1 ton trucks), so that prety much only leaves Ford and Dodge.

Starting in 94, the dodge 4x4's have a link type front suspension, so you'd have to cut off all the old bracketry and weld on spring perches(assuming you're keeping leaf springs on the cherokee). Also, I believe all of the dodge axles are unit-bearing design. That means that the front bearings are NOT servicable.

For the Ford axles, I believe most of them are also unit-bearing axles, and I'd imagine that the spring perch spacing would need to be changed on those as well. And, I've heard that some of the ford axles do not have enough room on the short side axle tube to be able to mount the springs.

Your choice of hydroboost really has noting to do with your choice of axles. I'm sure you know this, but hydroboost simply replaces the vacuum booster with one powered by hydrolic pressure from the steering pump.
And, most rear axles can be easily converted to disks.
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:59 AM
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Well, chevy/GM solid axles are passanger side drop, and they switched to IFS in 1988 (1991 for blazers and 1 ton trucks), so that prety much only leaves Ford and Dodge.

Starting in 94, the dodge 4x4's have a link type front suspension, so you'd have to cut off all the old bracketry and weld on spring perches(assuming you're keeping leaf springs on the cherokee). Also, I believe all of the dodge axles are unit-bearing design. That means that the front bearings are NOT servicable.

For the Ford axles, I believe most of them are also unit-bearing axles, and I'd imagine that the spring perch spacing would need to be changed on those as well. And, I've heard that some of the ford axles do not have enough room on the short side axle tube to be able to mount the springs.

Your choice of hydroboost really has noting to do with your choice of axles. I'm sure you know this, but hydroboost simply replaces the vacuum booster with one powered by hydrolic pressure from the steering pump.
And, most rear axles can be easily converted to disks.
well after reading your post it brings me back to my first plaine go with a good pair of J20 axles from 80/87 with disc brake conversion and hydroboost brakes
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:35 PM
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Dodge W30 van D60s (IIRC) are a direct bolt in for J-truck rears. Anything Ford until around '80 I think are a bolt in for modern SJ front axles.

If strength and rear disks are your goals I would aim for a late 70s Ford D44/D60 front axle (depending on goal/budget) from an F250/350 (leaf sprung, F150s were coil).

For the rear I would shoot for a mid 90s F350 van D60. Not a bolt in, but just needs relocated perches. Can be had with most common ratios, factory rear disks (with parking brakes), and a super smooth pig.

These were my plans before life changed priorities.


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What is your ultimate goal with the truck? Is it going to be a tow rig, daily driver, occaisional wheeler, all out capable rig? Do you NEED 8 lug axles or just WANT them? What size tires do you plan to run? Do you plan to change the gearing? Do you own fabrication tools? Lots of variables involved here to just be throwing different axles at you.



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