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#1 12-10-2017 22:31:30

ssnova
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Registered: 12-10-2017
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Axles

2001 xj 2wd. I am doing a stock convertion. R there axles I should use or stay away from. I may do up grades later. I have trans shop  taken care of trans. I am on a tight budget for now. I am a skill mechanic.  I am not concerned about doing the work. I am looking for good info on parts. Thank you for any info

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12-10-2017 22:31:30

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#2 12-10-2017 23:28:10

andy
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Re: Axles

It depends on what you are tryin to achieve. Are you going 4wd? Unless you are going bigger than 34-35 inch tires you should just do a high pinion 35 in front and either a dana44 or Chrysler 8.25 in the back.

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#3 12-10-2017 23:32:51

acs88xj
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Registered: 12-05-2009
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Re: Axles

What size engine do you have?

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#4 12-11-2017 06:02:20

ssnova
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Re: Axles

2001 4 liter automatic trans.  Stock driver may up grade down the road. First time driver. He is doing the work with my super vision. I am not ready to build a crawler yet. I want a good platform to start with.

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#5 12-11-2017 16:37:01

ragnar
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Re: Axles

Do you know what you currently have? Front should be a dummy axle. You can replace that when you move to 4wd with a high pinion dana 30. The rear is likely a dana 35. You should be able to find lots of chrysler 8.25 axles off other cherokees at the junk yard. dana 44 would be harder to find and would cost more.
Once you get axles you will want to make sure the gearing is the same and when you decide on tire size you may or may not need to regear the axles.

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#6 12-11-2017 22:01:01

ssnova
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Re: Axles

Hi my name is Paul. I have been a mechanic for the last 30 years. I am looking for info from people who are experienced with crawling. I have owned jeeps and trucks but have never gotten into off roading. I am going to help a teenager build a jeep. So I want to make sure we get a good base to start with. The jeep is a 01 4 liter 4 door automatic. I  have a tranny shop that is going to take care of the trans. U talked about high pinion.  So am looking for info on proven durability. I have some time on my side he does not get his licence for at least  10 months. I was very lucky to pick up the jeep so cheap I could not pass it up. So any info would be appreciated. Thank u for taking the time to talk with me.

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#7 12-15-2017 23:58:48

ssnova
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Re: Axles

If I am looking for high pinion what mite I find them under?  At this point I am wanting a good base to start with.  Or should I just go with stock and not go for the high pinion?

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#8 12-16-2017 08:26:08

eddieser
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Registered: 11-14-2009
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Re: Axles

The high pinion dana 30 is a stock front axle for most years 4wd Jeep Cherokees.
They also came in low pinion so be sure the one you get has the pinion coming out of the top of the differential

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#9 12-19-2017 06:31:33

ssnova
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Re: Axles

Will axles from Wrangler bolt in to a xj

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#10 12-19-2017 11:51:24

tim
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Re: Axles

You can swap out axles from a wrangler.

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#11 12-20-2017 18:57:26

ssnova
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Re: Axles

Will axles from from a grand Cherokee bolt up to an xj. I know there are a couple of different transfer cases. Is there a more desired 1

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