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98 Cherokee fwd install

Old 04-16-2019, 05:19 PM
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I have a 98 cherokee 4 door 2wd straight 6 with 128k miles. I also have a 98 grand cherokee with a locked up motor. Anyone know if I can take the front axle and transfer case from the grand Cherokee and install it on the 2wd cherokee?
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Old 04-16-2019, 11:46 PM
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The axle will swap directly over, the tcase would fit if you had a 4wd Cherokee transmission, but the grand Cherokee front axle is a low pinion which isn't worth even swapping in, and it probably has cv axle shafts which aren't strong either. I don't remember exactly which transfer cases the grands came with, but I don't think they ever had a 231. I could be wrong though.
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