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Old 06-18-2013, 03:29 PM   #1
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Rear Axle Swap?

Maybe it's just me but I feel like I'm only seeing guys doing rear axle swaps. Is there a reason for this? When I get a jeep I want to put D44s in when I get the money and it kind of caught my interest when I kept seeing this. So if someone could explain this to a fantasizing teenager like myself I would really appreciate it!

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Old 06-18-2013, 03:55 PM   #2
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The rear axle (Dana 35) is a weak POS, which is why it is removed in favor of an 8.8 or D44. The stock front axle (D30) is strong enough to handle up to 35" tires stock.

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The stock front axle (D30) is strong enough to handle up to 35" tires stock.
Although I am running a stock D30, locked, with 4.88s and 35s...I feel it will eventually give due to the difficulty of some of the trails I have tried.

I think "The front axle (D30) locked with chromoly shafts is strong enough to handle up to 35" tires" is a more correct statement.

The only real advantage of swapping in a D44 (out of a rubi, aftermarket doesnt count) is the ability to run deeper gears. Everything other than the inner spline count (and obviously the differential) is exactly the same as a D30.
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:02 PM   #4
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That's why I referred to the D30 in stock form, meaning not locked. Guess I should've been more specific.
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That's why I referred to the D30 in stock form, meaning not locked. Guess I should've been more specific.
Agreed. Although I feel in most cases, guys thinking about running 35" tires are either already locked or are looking to lock up.
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Yep. Good call sir.
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Yep. Good call sir.
I wont lie though, I am surprised my shafts havent given out yet

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Old 06-18-2013, 04:22 PM   #8
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Ok I always thought the D35 was stronger than a D30...still learning slowly lol. But that makes more sense thanks guys.

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