The driver's floor was worse than I thought, but not beyond an easy repair. And patch panels are cheeeep. The rocker is good on that side, but the pas. side is rough. The bed is nice. It obviously had a topper on it.
I sent to jeep for build sheet info. It definitely has a D44 rear. Although nothing said you could not get a D44 rear on a SWB, I have already had two MJ "experts" tell me that it was either swapped in or it is a D35 and I am blind. LOL. See? It doesn't just happen on Liberty forums!!!
The Trac-loc actually still holds! I am shocked. I wish it was open, though. Easier to aussie-fy. A slight plus is 3.73's instead of the 3.55's that were standard. The vacuum disconnect locks in just fine and holds. It is pretty slow to release, which is normal. I will by-pass it and/or go to a 297-jointed axles. I have read ALOT and I am not willing to by that the HPD30 with 297's = a D44. The tubes are thinner, the axles lack 3 splines and are 20% thinner, and the ring gear is still 1.2" smaller. Well trussed, though, and I believe that the D44 is not worth the cost of the swap over a HPD30.
incommando said:It is in good enough shape that I am getting some grief for MJ guys for 'wheeling it...Oh well, it is a jeep. I took the KJ off-road for the first time in S/E OHio when it still had 30-day tags on it.
That's like saying "that lab is too pretty to go hunting." Jeeps are like hunting dogs, they are not truely happy unless they are left to roam free and do what they do best.
Nice MJ, I see you swapped the wheels