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Front Axel Options?

What Axels have/would you reccomend for a sas...iam going to look for axels today and was curious what axels i should look for...i would like it to have the same 5x 4.5 lug pattern as i got now....

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year model and axel type is the info i need.....iam also going to run a leaf setup like brenton has on his truck
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what size tires....
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he should run 55's on 30's. lol.
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Do/will you wheel it? If its mainly for looks you can get away with a d30 from any YJ since they are already set up for leafs. Personally I dont like leaf's but it tends to be the easier route to set up.

If you plan on wheeling it, d44 from a waggy will be close to the right width. If ya wanna go into the big dogs you can put a d60 in. You can find them in older 3/4, and 1 ton fords pretty easy.

If you put in a d60 the lug patterns will be off.

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what size tires....
iam going to run 35's
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he should run 55's on 30's. lol.
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alright iam going to be doing mild wheeling nothing major it will be mainly for looks but a little mud not much though..just enough to have a little fun and not tear shyt up..i want the axel to be the same width as the rear if possible...
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alright iam going to be doing mild wheeling nothing major it will be mainly for looks but a little mud not much though..just enough to have a little fun and not tear shyt up..i want the axel to be the same width as the rear if possible...
with alloy shafts and a VERY light foot you could get away with a d30. I dont remember the widths off the top of my head but im pretty sure they are the same or very close.

I wouldnt recommend a locker for your front, just too much stress for a little diff. I would lock your rear if you have the 8.8 though.
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with alloy shafts and a VERY light foot you could get away with a d30. I dont remember the widths off the top of my head but im pretty sure they are the same or very close.
when u say light foot u talking in 2wd also like street driving? if so i dont have a light foot..lol

i have a 8.8 rear with 4.10's
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nah, while your fine in 2wd. I have a d30 in my jeep (sigh) and I am very gentle on it when wheeling.
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nah, while your fine in 2wd. I have a d30 in my jeep (sigh) and I am very gentle on it when wheeling.
well most of it is going to be for the look and a little light wheelin here and there
so what would you reccommend? what year's model would be what i want and the same/ close as the rear width..
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there isnt a D44 with 5 on 4.5 that i know of, also i think its the YJ that has CVs at the knuckle.. so really no advantage to running that axle compared to the ranger IFS.

btw you wont find much of anything that will be close to the same width as our trucks... the ranger is 59" disc to disc and most jeep axles are 62"
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well most of it is going to be for the look and a little light wheelin here and there

what kind of look are you going to get with a D30 and leaf spring front end? just curious...
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I would also recommend a high pinion reverse cut axle... pumpkin on the drivers side too..
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i went to the junkyard today and they got a 4wd 94 jeep grand cherokee with the whole front suspension intact minus the hubs it is a coil setup though...they want 500 for it but i know nothing about the axel besides it has 3.73 gears and is in one piece and still under the jeep...
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grand cherokee = wj i think. which means it has CVs at the knucles, coil sprung, low pinion, normal cut, D30, 5 on 4.5 bolt pattern...

btw hubs are 150~175 each and i paid 200 for my axle with Ujoints at the knuckles high pinion, reverse cut D30

basically everything i told you not to get.
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i went to the junkyard today and they got a 4wd 94 jeep grand cherokee with the whole front suspension intact minus the hubs it is a coil setup though...they want 500 for it but i know nothing about the axel besides it has 3.73 gears and is in one piece and still under the jeep...
Most zj's at d30 in the front. A few that came with the selectrac full time 4wd had the d35 in the front. Zj's also come with a coil set up so you'd be better off going Zabeards route.
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Yea ZJ, not WJ.. i was close but what isaid about the grand cherokee is right
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grand cherokee = wj i think. which means it has CVs at the knucles, coil sprung, low pinion, normal cut, D30, 5 on 4.5 bolt pattern...

btw hubs are 150~175 each and i paid 200 for my axle with Ujoints at the knuckles high pinion, reverse cut D30

basically everything i told you not to get.
I wasnt aware any SA jeep had cv's. I know the new ifs jeeps do though.

hmm, just looked it up. learned something new, stay away from zj's and wj's
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I would also recommend a high pinion reverse cut axle... pumpkin on the drivers side too..
ok what do you get these out of??
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not funny
chill brother, i was just joking.
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chill brother, i was just joking.
i know i wasnt getting twisted..lol i was just saying not funny sarcastically
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I wasnt aware any SA jeep had cv's. I know the new ifs jeeps do though.

hmm, just looked it up. learned something new, stay away from zj's and wj's

looks like this is one to me... lol never mind i c you did some searching.

this is why i got mine from a cherokee (XJ)

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next time you go to the junkyard, take a print out of this.
http://www.coloradok5.com/axleguide.shtml
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