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Could someone tell me how to tell the difference between narrow track and wide track? I have a chance at a narrow track 44 rear end and I would like to double check to make sure before I purchase. How or what would you measure? Thanks for any info!

 

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Old 11-21-2011, 10:59 PM   #2
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narrow track is 4 inches narrower than the wide track. you should have the narrow track under your jeep, unless a po swapped it out
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Old 11-21-2011, 11:12 PM   #3
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These measurements are copied from Jeep Kings..........

Model/Version Spring Pads Wheel to Wheel Years
Dana 30/CJ Narrow Track 28" 53" '72-'81
Dana 30/CJ Wide Track 28" 56" '82-'86
Dana 30/XJ NA 60 3/4" '84-
Dana 30/MJ NA NA '86-'92
Dana 30/YJ 31" 60" '87-'95

AMC20 is
Spring Pad -Spring pad is 36"
WMS-WMS for narrow track is 50.5
WMS-WMS for wide track is 54.5

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Old 11-21-2011, 11:16 PM   #4
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Umm...I think it's 4" on the rear axle and 3" on the front
As posted above.
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Old 11-22-2011, 09:03 AM   #5
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that's a good link hutchman
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:42 PM   #6
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Could you tell me what wms means? And if you mearsure wheel to wheel would it change with rim size?

 

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Old 11-22-2011, 01:15 PM   #7
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Could you tell me what wms means? And if you mearsure wheel to wheel would it change with rim size?
WMS is Wheel Mating Surface. The width of an axle is measured from Wheel Mating Surface to Wheel Mating Surface. It is independent of the wheel width.
Now the backspacing is separate. That's the distance from the inner edge of the wheel to the Wheel Mating Surface where the wheel bolts to the brake. If you use wheel spacers or wheels with less backspacing it's another way to get a wider stance.
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Old 11-22-2011, 02:43 PM   #8
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Thanks BusaDave9 and others for the info I will check it out to night I think I have a narrow track but with my luck. Lets just say if you wanted to buy a good item you would wait tell I have bought one then go get it, For sure I would have the dud and you would be real happy with yours.

 

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Old 11-22-2011, 03:38 PM   #9
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nothing wrong with a narrow track Jeep
If you ever saw an original Jeep MB you would wonder WTF

and that MB is what started Jeeps reputation. What we have now is bigger and better brought on by the public asking for it

but remember, In WWII GIs depended on that SWB Super Narrow Based Jeep for their LIVES. and when they got back to the states, they wanted the little scout car that did everything, the Jeep

I agree that wide track is better, but I still Wheel 2 Narrow Track Jeeps and go everywhere.
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Jeep went to the wide track as a way to add stability to the CJ after Ralph Nader and his gang of goons drummed the CJ5 out of existence.

 

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