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Old August 8th, 2017, 18:18
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Re: Which axles would you use?

I would build the JK Rubi axles if you already have them
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Old August 9th, 2017, 18:27
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Re: Which axles would you use?

I know this is going to start a dumpster fire but why not sell your JK axles buy someone's built 1 ton axles. You are located in WV so you know that you can't crawl everything. I guess you can develop skills not breaking stock jeep axles or picking lines you won't drag diffs on.

That's my thought and your options will be much greater with 8 lugs and only become vulnerable on tires over 40"
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Old August 10th, 2017, 06:11
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Re: Which axles would you use?

Been out of town at coaching classes... Thanks for all the input, WV has state inspection so tons are out of the question, way to wide. JK axles on stock offset wheels and 35 12.50's are 1/4 in narrower then stock xj axles on 4in offset wheels and 35 12.50's. It'll work but I have to stay on stock offset JK wheels...I don't like that. I'm not going over a 35 in tire, if I need to wheel hard I'll take the truggy but I'm trying to get out of the truck and trailer life and go back to driving to the trail...
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Old August 10th, 2017, 11:24
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Been out of town at coaching classes... Thanks for all the input, WV has state inspection so tons are out of the question, way to wide. JK axles on stock offset wheels and 35 12.50's are 1/4 in narrower then stock xj axles on 4in offset wheels and 35 12.50's. It'll work but I have to stay on stock offset JK wheels...I don't like that. I'm not going over a 35 in tire, if I need to wheel hard I'll take the truggy but I'm trying to get out of the truck and trailer life and go back to driving to the trail...


In that case just put ARBs and chromo axle shafts in the axles you have now. Maybe bump up to 4.88s. It sounds like you'll make the right decision.

Warning two people from our club in NC came home from Moab with broken spartan lockers on 35s.


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Old August 10th, 2017, 13:49
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Re: Which axles would you use?

My opinion would be stay on 33's and stockish axles (no rcv's, full case locker and cheap alloys at best), jk d44's if going to 35's or 37's with a conservative pedal, or go tons if you are ok with not driving the thing on the street very often and dont care if you roll it.
If i had to choose, i'd stay on 33's with stock axles, which is what i went back to after 37's and tons.
IMO, wheeling is only fun if you have a challenge and you make it off the trail without destroying your rig. The bigger you get, the harder it is to be challenged without the high probability of severe body damage. If you want the challenge of the gnarliest trails, build a buggy and buy a tow rig. If you want to drive across the country, wheel, and drive home, stay where you're at and drive accordingly.
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Old August 10th, 2017, 14:14
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Re: Which axles would you use?

Yea I've gone big then back the other way, I went through Lions Den in under 6 minutes this spring. Didn't spin a tire or back up, now doing the Rubicon trail in all but stock xj with 35's and a open front end...LOL That was fun...... I did make Crawl Magazine this month in my truggy, great time......

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Re: Which axles would you use?

Even though this is an old post, thought I would weigh in. I would sell the JK axles, and put that money into the d30 you have, and build up a junkyard Ford 8.8. 4.88 gears, good spicer u-joints, chrome moly axles and be done. If you get the right Ford 8.8 you get 31 spline shafts and disk brakes too! This is the route I took, even going over kill for my tire size. My build is more of a expedition build. I drive the XJ to my wheeling destination. I am also running small tires! 235/75/15s. I went with new gears, air lockers and chrome moly axles, good spicer u-joints with lock rings. No truss but would like too for the front axle and have the Cs gusseted. Would like to know what you ended up doing with your build?
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Old September 21st, 2017, 06:55
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Re: Which axles would you use?

The more I look into it, the more I think I'm just going to do this to my son's XJ for the front axle:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6N9zCDyWUs&t=418s

He's only running 31s at present, and won't be doing a lot of wheeling. Certainly nothing hardcore, as this is his only vehicle. But by all means strengthen what he's got. For a couple hundred bucks and some time under the welding hood with him (teaching him a new skill) it's money well spent.

Might never be able to get the money out of it if I sell it- I don't care. Time in service getting him dependably to/from work and school does a lot for that, in my mind.
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Old November 1st, 2017, 04:20
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Re: Which axles would you use?

After alot of back and forth I ended up going with the JK axles, It came down to the electric lockers. I hate the lunchbox locker in the rear of the xj... Always making alot of noise and scrubbing....That means buying two selectable lockers and having them setup... I've went with the Artec JK to TJ swap truss in the front and standard rear truss. I bought 9 used JK hardrock wheels for the jeep and teardrop and 35/12.50 17 BFG KM2"s. Gonna start the swap in a few weeks. Still need to work out trackbar and steering...







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D30's on rocks with 33's are marginal at best. When you lock it, it gets worse. I got to the point where I could change out a drivers side shaft in less than 15 minutes. Even with the D44 upgrade from a 88 Ford Truck, I still have replace a couple of shafts and I drive very conservatively.

Like your teardrop. Where did you get it? I designed and built a very similar one from scratch.

Sorry old man, I just saw this. I also built mine. I pulled a popup for years but got tired of the setup time and clearance issues. I tried to comment on your build but I couldn't. Probably because I'm not a paying member, I'll have to get on the ball and become a member.







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Old November 1st, 2017, 08:34
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Re: Which axles would you use?

Man that is a cool trailer!
This build is about to get good as well.
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Old November 1st, 2017, 16:12
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Re: Which axles would you use?

Go tons, either make steel flares to cover, or buy em. one of the guys I know has an XJ on tons and 39.5" swampers. all he has to do is make his front steel flares and it would pass inspection. or build the JK axles and run em, about the same width, tons would be heavier tho.
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