Last installment we spoke a bit about the upper shock mounts and how we planned on getting the most shock under our short Jeep. We also thought we might have ended up with more shock space available than we could use. But we weren’t worried because we had a plan.
The 31-spline shafts of our rear Ford 9-inch and the 30-spline shafts of the front Dana 44 weren’t going to be long for this world with the 40-inch-tall tires and the LT-1 V-8 so we knew we’d have to do something. If that weren’t enough, we knew that we needed a wider front axle because the tires were in the frame and springs way before steering lock. So we needed to step up the splines and the width. Since we already had some 9-inch parts under the Jeep, we decided to continue down that road. But we are getting ahead of ourselves. We’ll cover the actual buildup of the axles in a later issue of Jp. This time we’re covering the sorting of the rest of the suspension and some of the issues that popped up while doing so.
With the 60-inch-wide axles, we felt safe from hassles with Johnny Law. But the new 65-inch-wide axles put just over half the tire outside the GenRight Off Road tube flare and we knew we’d end up with run-ins with the law. To keep the fuzz off our back, a simple addition of mud flaps (RBB-8002) brings us back into compliance with California’s laws. Because our rear bumper was an older GenRight unit, we also had to weld the company’s Universal Shackle Mount (PN BKT5009) to the bumper. Also note the Currie Enterprises boomerang shackles, which allow us to run the longer-than-stock leaf springs.