Johnr wrote:PLus the CJ front axle has a different steering attachment setup where they fixed a lot of the problems that the GPW/MB had. I would suggest that it was dangerous to mix/match CJ and GPW front ends.
Wasn't there even a bell crank change during the CJ2A life?
All CJ-2As had the Bell Crank on the front Crossmember, The CJ-2A Jeeps prior to Serial #199079 had a lighter duty Bell crank using the same small shaft as the MB except it was on the front crossmember.
After the above Serial Number, the heavier Duty Bell Crank was used. There was retro fit kit to change over the earlier CJ-2A Bell Crank. It could also be used on the MB. In order to install the MB/GPW axle assembly in a CJ-5 or M-Series Jeep, it is best to install the CJ-5 Steering Knuckle Flanges and CJ-5 Tie Rods. It is a lot of work.
I have done it.
Also when the MB rear axle is installed in place of the Spicer 44, the Rear Propeller Shaft must be lengthened.
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