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Old 11-03-2010, 11:24 AM
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Re: WK straight axle???

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I know that a company is going to be coming out with a 5.5" lift for the WK soon.
I'ma need to make sure I'm up to date on that!
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Re: WK straight axle???

solid axel or not i'm not sure i would go above 4" on these vehicles. Now i am by far no mechanic but even going up 4" caused my front drive shaft to fail at 45k miles. Just had it rebuilt and i was told i was lucky it lasted that long.

the problem is all time 4wd. cant go w/ a double cardan setup because they cant be balanced due to weight (at least this is what i have been told) and having an unbalanced front drive shaft in 4wd at 80mph on the highway = no fun

hence the stock shaft stays and fails prematurely

now we all know there are plenty of solid axle all-time 4wd WJ's and ZJ's over 4" so i imagine there is some kind of remedy for that on those vehicles

I'd be very interested to see how an IFS or solid axle WK does over 4"
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Re: WK straight axle???

Hate to bring this up, anybody put anything more into this? I'm really thinking bout using a rubicon axle cause the ESP & ABS should talk to one another.... Also you can get the factory switch from a jk wrangler that will fit next to the blank tow/haul switch to lock the axle at any time, which would look and work great.... Plate the unibody like my XJ and make some custom brackets for the arms.. Hard part is steering....... Any thoughts???
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Re: WK straight axle???

Hmmmm, seriously, I would just look elsewhere. I'd build a seriously awesome long wheelbase Wrangler with a 6.1 conversion before attempting a live (solid) front axle conversion on a WK. There is just WAY too many issues to wwork through, and not all are obvious. Heck, even getting the correct geometry so the thing steered and stopped safely would be a serious engineering challenge.
Most people think it's a matter of welding in some mounts and bolting it in, it's just not. Don't do it.
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Re: WK straight axle???

It's been done to Libertys (KJs) so it is possible. Anything is possible. I've thought about buying a WK as my offroad rig and would do a solid front axle swap, but i've never owned one and i'm not sure how much i'll love the WK. I have a WK2 and i love a lot about it, but I still miss my WJ. Since i'd ultimately like to have 37s and a solid axle, it seems better to start with a WJ. Partly because it has the solid axle to start with, partly because my WJ was the best vehicle i've ever own, and partly because at a fraction of the cost of a WK, it'll give me a bigger budget for mods
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