Scout or Wagoneer 44's

City
Raleigh
State
NC
#1
I've come across a pretty good deal on a set of 44's off a 70/71 Scout. What are the big differences between the Scout 44's and Wagoneer 44's when installing them? Thanks in advance for the input!
 

Spieg

Scrambler Junkie
LIFETIME
CJ-8.com Member
City
Aurora
State
CO
#3
Are you going to narrow to CJ width or stay longer? Biggest difference (aside from WMS-WMS size) would probably be the front axle caster angle. Scout axle would be best to rotate the "C"s a little to have better steering manners.
 

tower210

Scrambler Junkie
LIFETIME
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City
Olathe
State
KS
#5
I'm researching this now...

I want to go about 4" wider. Been looking at 76-78 F100 for the high pinion. Can't seem to find anyone that sell just the JK (High pinion) D44 casting.

There's a smoking hot deal near me on a 76 chevy front that already has the right gears and an ARB in it...trying to decide if its worth it holding out for high pinion.....

I can't really outboard the springs without re-doing my whole front (shackle reversal). If I have to cut from both sides; I assume I can still get the spring perch somewhere usable?
 

83CJ-8

Trying to catch up
City
Lewes
State
DE
#7
I've come across a pretty good deal on a set of 44's off a 70/71 Scout. What are the big differences between the Scout 44's and Wagoneer 44's when installing them? Thanks in advance for the input!
I've spent some time researching the same idea, I also would like to go wider. I'm just going to go with a new bear front housing from Custom Axle Design to my specs and build it up myself. For the rear, I'll just cut another ford 9 inch down.
 

tower210

Scrambler Junkie
LIFETIME
CJ-8.com Member
City
Olathe
State
KS
#9
I have looked at the currie housing... Currie used to make a high pinion 9 inch 3rd member; but stopped about 2 years ago. I talked to the Currie folks on the phone and it sounds like there were having a higher failure rate than they were willing to accept. There appears to be only one other company that makes a high 9 3rd member; and they are 3k by the time you have gears.
 

bigwalton

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City
Dexter
State
MI
#18
My two thoughts on those axles for sale is that the welding on the Cs on the front looks a bit rough (like something I would do :rotfl:) with a lot of grinding. The front is clearly not ready to bolt in as someone went in and cut off the perches, so these weren't just pulled out from under a Scrambler and put up for sale.

I also got burned once on a purchase where "full Detroits" ended up being a pair of lunchbox lockers because I was too trusting and didn't pull the diff covers myself before I hauled them home. So I'd want to see something to prove what's inside.
 

tower210

Scrambler Junkie
LIFETIME
CJ-8.com Member
City
Olathe
State
KS
#19
9” custom housings are pretty cheap.... I’d definitely pull the 3rds to see the lockers.....

Might be worth buying (if you could get them For a little less) to build a set
 
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