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Thread: Willys Truck Axle Swap

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    Willys Truck Axle Swap

    Hello all, looking to pick up a Willys truck sometime in the near future. Ideally I would like to pick up one of the 60's models but I'm definitely not going to be picky if I come across one for the right price. I would like to restore it and work towards getting it to be a little bit of a daily driver type. I'm not going to use it for work every day, but thought it would be neat to take out once in a while. I know the Dana 53's aren't a popular axle anymore, and the ratio's in them aren't really made for todays cruising speeds. I was wondering if anybody has successfully swapped an axle or ring and pinion to get it down to a 3.87 or so. Any advice would be very welcome, especially with pictures of course! Thanks.

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    Differential Gear Swap

    " I know the Dana 53's aren't a popular axle anymore, and the ratio's in them aren't really made for todays cruising speeds. I was wondering if anybody has successfully swapped an axle or ring and pinion to get it down to a 3.87 or so. "

    Try cruising with a Timken 5.38 gear set. You can pull a train with them, just not very fast!



    But, about swapping ring and pinion gears, here is a discussion about the task:

    http://www.jk-forum.com/forums/modif...install-45599/

    There are You-tube videos as well .. Jeep Ring and Pinion Swap.

    If you try it, let us know. Good Luck.
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    hello, maybe you can change the hole differential for a 80s era dodge pick up dana 44. use the same lug pattern and the width is ok for the Willys, the brakes are better and if you have luck find a powerlock on it, need a narrow front end for a Willys so you have to use a scout dana 44,
    good luck
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