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post #1 of 5 Old 10-03-2019, 08:24 AM Thread Starter
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Sterling 10.5 clearance issues in a 2012 2 door JK

First of all, I have searched. I have read every post about Sterling axles that I can find and this issue is still clear as mud to me.

I am dropping coin to have someone build me a Sterling / Super Duty axle set. I need real answers from people who have been through it.

The differential in the 10.5 Sterling axles was off-set to the passenger side starting in 2005 (by ~3.5 to the passenger side). So fitting a 2005+ 10.5 axle under a JK is a different than a pre-2005 10.5 axle.

There is a lot of conflicting information on this forum, particularly one liner statements with no background and no straight answers on this topic; especially when it comes to differentiating between 2005+ axles and pre-2005 axles.

My questions are:

1. Can a 2005+ axle fit with the stock gas tank with a rear stretch or will the drive shaft make contact? If so how much stretch is needed.

2. Can a pre-2005 axle fit in the stock location and clear the gas tank? Or will a stretch also be required, if so how much stretch is needed?

In you post specify whether your experience is with a 2005+ or pre-2005 axle and whether you have a 2-door or 4-door. This will vastly help future searchers. I am trying to verify fitment into a 2-door, JK stock gas tank, 3.5 lift. I dont want a fuel cell in the cabin, nor do I want a genright because I would ultimately like to do an 8 rear stretch. If there are any fuel cell options that I am missing, I suppose I may be open to it. However, I would prefer to keep the fuel tank in the stock location.
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-03-2019, 08:26 AM
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Just ran into this same issue, I did the syngery 8 stretch on my two door and I dont hve clearance issue with my DS now.


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post #3 of 5 Old 10-03-2019, 08:49 AM Thread Starter
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Which Sterling axle do you have? 2005+ or Pre-2005 ???
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-04-2019, 02:43 PM
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Not an answer to your question but FYI AAM10.25//14 bolts are really awesome, set up easy, cheap, tons of aftermarket, FF, and fit great in a JK.
I'd run the numbers to make a Sterling fit vs a 14B and see what you think for yourself.

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Which Sterling axle do you have? 2005+ or Pre-2005
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