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Old 03-23-2011, 04:48 AM   #1
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I have a question. As many of you know yj's come stock with dana 35 rear and dana 30 front. Of course, if you are made of money, why not upgrade? But for a working class guy like me, I'm gonna make damn sure its neccessary before I part with that kind of cheddar. I plan to change out my gears and add lockers so I am wondering if that is enough. Are there any other benefits in upgrading to dana 44s besides strength? I'm thinking if it is that important I will just buy complete axles with lockers and 456 gears and sell my existing axles on craigslist. Complete axle kits are SPENDY! Would it be acceptable to just change out my front gears and only upgrade the rear axles? Does the rear take more abuse than the front? Bottom line: with all the upgrades I have done, adding bigger axles and re-gearing it will make it nigh unstoppable.....
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Old 03-23-2011, 06:01 AM   #2
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When I got my jeep it the person who had it before me put 456 gears in and a locker in the rear with 33" tires. I've snapped one axle shaft all ready. But I was being stupid when I did it. So I would say upgrade if you can but it kinda sounds that your like me and don't have that kind of money laying around

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I have a cj but this is a pretty common topic. Everyone says the dana 35 is a very weak rearend. I have put my dana 30 through alot and its stayed together.

My opinion would be to meet in the middle. Leave the dana 30 up front and try to find a dana 44 for the back and then change your gears/lockers.

What I don't know is how much difference is buying axles for the 35 or buying a 44. Good axles are getting pretty pricey as well.

Another option is a 8.8 out of a explorer in the rear.
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Old 03-23-2011, 06:06 PM   #6
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wow! That is one awesome jeep!! i actually was looking at dana 60s. more like a dream for a guy like me...maybe i shall go buy a lottery ticket!!
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IMHO for a YJ the 8.8 swap is a better option than the D44.
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Welcome to WF. I went with an 8.8
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8.8 is stronger than the d44 and can be done cheaper

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