I was just offered a killer deal on a pair of 74 CJ axles for the
'FrankenWillys' including a front with disk brakes on it. $100 for the
complete pair (being driven around daily as I write, they're in great
shape) is actually cheaper than what I'd intended with just adding a
straight Toyo axle to the front, and the fact that they are reasonably
modern Jeep axles makes it just sound more 'right'. The problem I have
is that the rear in this pair has an offset differential, and my
original has a center output on the transfer case. Hot rodders use
offset axles with center drive trannys all the time, so why is this
seemingly a huge problem for a Jeep/Willys when it doesn't seem to be
one for the Rodders out there?
This project I'm doing is a street truck and will never see anything
more scarey than a dirt road, so things like articulation and extreme
loads are never going to be a problem. The body/chassis is also not
going to be lifted at all. I know any extra angle you put on a
driveshaft increases wear on the U-joints, but is it that much in this
kind of a project?
Thanks for reading, drinks are in the fridge.
- Jeff G