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Old 07-24-2011, 04:03 PM   #1
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welding spiders

I'm about to start building a ford 9 inch to go under the rear of my tj. In the mean time I'm goin to keep the Dana 35 under it. I know that the dana 35 is a weak axle to start with which is why I have not re-geared it.

The spider gears are shot and under a heavy load, 4 low and trying to back out of a creak that swallowed my front end I heard and felt the rear end pop. I drove it home and pulled the cover off this morning and everything looked great except the spider gears.

I know that people have welded spider gears before and it almost like putting in a spool. Maked it to where there is no differentiation between the two wheels and will make it incredibly un comfortable on the street.

Right now I am running 33x12.50 maxis buckshots with the stock 4.0, and 3.07 gears.

What are some thoughts, comments, or advice that ya'll have to offer?

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Old 07-24-2011, 05:01 PM   #2
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Well, if ya have another axle to swap in give it shot for now. However, lockers/spools/welded and the dana 35 result in more busted parts.

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Old 07-25-2011, 06:52 AM   #3
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I play in a lot of mud, which I think that is why my spiders are completely worn out... Maybe it will last until I get the 9 inch built..
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Soon to come mods: 4" full traction lift, 4.56 gears, 35X10.50R15 boggers, 35X12.50 cooper st tires, spooled rear end, and much more.
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Old 07-25-2011, 07:56 AM   #4
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Thats what I would shoot for. Welding the spiders will only increase axle shaft breakage. Broken spiders you might still be able to drive it home. Broken axle shafts make that a bit more difficult.
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