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Well since I have the axle in-hand finally... I guess I can start my thread.

I bought this axle about a month ago from a guy in OR and finally made it around to picking it up yesterday. I watched as he actually took the axle out from under the truck. It's pretty clean.

1983 Jeep Wagoneer LP D44

The plans:
Rubicon Express leaf springs (unless someone suggests otherwise)
4.88s
Detroit

Then SOA the rear, add a locker, and 5x4.5 to 6x5.5 adapters (I heard they make them). So far I am thinking about going 35/36s BFGs or IROKs.

So.... any suggestions?
 

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Section why not angle the box, tilt it forward, this would get your pitman arm closer no? and also help with the input shaft angle?

Arent they angled a bit anyways?
 



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Good luck man.

My IFS toyota box is up agaist the radiator and my steering shaft angle is still pretty bad...good luck with it ~10" closer.

I would ONLY run a "borgeson" (spelling?) style steering shaft with the joints on both ends of the shaft. I will upgrade to one when I go full-hydro, the bushing on the column is wearing out b/c mine is at such a severe angle (down and to the left, since it's outboard of the frame)
 






got a couple ?s here Section. firts what did your ubolts and plates come off of ?second what size tubing did you use for your front spring mounts ?
 






Johnny, why do you want to move the box back? you never want the tie rod and drag link to touch, i would leave it alone if it all clears right there.

His u bolts and plates are stock to the waggy d44.
 






B2Dude said:
Johnny, why do you want to move the box back? you never want the tie rod and drag link to touch, i would leave it alone if it all clears right there.

His u bolts and plates are stock to the waggy d44.

Phil.... come... home... please! :p

I left it where it was. Now I am calling summit to order the Borgenensoeon steering shaft. BnTMike said they can throw a Ford end on one side and Yota on the other. So it would weld right up. :cool:

I plated the frame and it will be sleved as well. I nearly melted the DeWalt 1/2 while drilling the holes. :confused:
 

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"Could have done without that."

Time to start my summer diet I guess. :eek:
 

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whose your baby's daddy? LOL
 






jasonb said:
whose your baby's daddy? LOL

You can be after I get one of your diff covers! :D
 






they're blingarific!
 






plate the stool!
 






You are going to have to get some triangulation in that stool before it rolls over and kills you.
 

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on something like a stool, I'd use at least DOM or chromo. if you use poop pipe, you'll probably die instantly.
 






1995 Aerostar steering shaft. Gonna give it a try.

It looks long because I pulled everything from behind the steering wheel to the steering box. :cool:
 

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Well the Aerostar shaft bolts onto the Yota box! Who would have thought that! But...


The u-joints were not designed to go at the extreme angle I think I need. I guess I'll have to bolt it onto the FJ60 box and see what it does in there.
 

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Here are some pictures of the Explorer VS Aerostar shafts. This is the upper section which goes from behind the steering wheel to through the firewall.
 

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Here it is shortened by about an inch and mounted. Now I am getting some binding. Barely though. I'm thinking I can just shave a little off the steering input gear on the box and a little off the inside of the ujoint. That would hopefully be more than enough. :thumbsup:


But would it be safe?
 

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I figured out you can shorten the top shaft instead of the bottom one. Here you can see how close it mounts to the firewall now. Which also makes for a slightly less radical angle.
 

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Which now made me realize I have a 3-joint system with no support bearings. :eek: :confused: I guess the firewall sort of acts as a support. We'll see how that goes. :p
 

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how close is that rubber boot to the header tube?

Looks great so far man!
 



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410Fortune said:
how close is that rubber boot to the header tube?

Looks great so far man!

It's a couple inches. It just looks close. Here's a sorta top view.
 

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