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Solid axle swap?

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Solid axle swap?

Now I'm seeing y guys on here say to stay away from jeep dana 30s.which is what I may be getting. My front frame rails r 31 inches wide at outside and front. It does look like the rail get about an inch wider on each side. My buddy said his coil seats r 36.5 in center to center. If anyone has had this issue, was it just that the coil tilt outward or do they hit and rub frame?
 
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Hey thanks Ron, my price list for coil setup is around 1,000....where if I went leaf I might spend about 400 tops, that's just suspension, not steering.
 
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Leaf springs are definitely more economical than any other suspension, cost of the springs plus no other axle support is needed like radial arm if you don't want it
 
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My asked my boss his opinion on this, he said the leafs tougher ride is most noticed on the trails not on the roads in his opinion. If the time come and I put a coil on the axle and its hitting frame, I might buy those leafs from my buddy. They r jeep 4 in lift leafs. And yes they r the more economical way to go and less brackets. Lol, I could do what some guys do, build it the easy way then alter it later when the hardest part is done. I've read where some guys have steering issues also. Thanks for ur input
 
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Ya, there isn't just the issue of the coil seats sitting more narrow than the frame, there is also the fact that I'd have to find or make brackets that the radios arms would bolt to. Since the axle has 4 link it has no bracket for a radius arm...lol
 
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Yes leaf springs can't do as good as coil or torsion bar for ride quality, which is why car makers use them on the front, and some on all 4 corners
 
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Ya my truck rides stiff now because I have aftermarket keyways for torsion bars that give me almost 2 in extra and the bolts r turned in all the way to level the truck...lol...I measured the frame at shocks and its 31.5 inches...lift coils r 5 in in diameter so its close
 
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Ok so does it matter the type of jeep the 30 comes out of, my buddies is a 96 ah and he measured his frame rails at 32 in....mine r 31.5..makes me think it's got a chance of fitting. Or maybe not? Maybe this is a dumb question, do they make the differentials narrower or wider depending on the vehicle they will go in? Or are all 30s the same dimension regardless
 
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