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Old 01-22-2011, 09:28 PM   #1
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Can i run a rear locker?

Ok so I am debating on getting a front Aussie locker or a rear selectable.
My rig (So Far...): 97' TJ steel blue with 31" BFG ATs and cragar V5 black steelies. Installing a RC 2.5" lift soon... So with the D35c axel can I put in a selectable rear locker mainly for accessional use in Deep snow and mild trails and some mud too.
The reason for a selectable is so I can be in 4wheel drive without being locked.
What do you guys think?

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Old 01-22-2011, 09:31 PM   #2
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Don't invest a penny into that axle.. Lockers or Gears

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Don't invest a penny into that axle.. Lockers or Gears
Why?
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When it comes to offroading it is a very week axle, Especially when locked as it can not take the stress.. While some have gotten away with it most have not in that with time it will break... It's not a mater of if it's going to happen, It's a mater of when..


Others will jump in hear and explain more or reiterate what I just said.. My recommendation is if you want to put a rear locker in swap out your D35 for D44 or F8.8.. Not very common but it's not unheard of is taking a Chrysler 8.25 and using that axle as well..

Until then have fun out there.. Your rear axle will be fine offroad on 31's without a locker as I'm sure you probably already know from wheeling it.. Just don't lock it cause like I already said It will blow up then you got more problems at hand, especially if it's your daily driver

Let me add this though.. While your the D35 rarely lasts with a true locker in it, you do have the option of putting a Limited Slip in there as they do not put the same kind of stress on a axle as a Powertrax, Aussie, Arb, Or OX
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↑ Yep. The D35c is too weak to lock. That's why I'll be replacing mine with an 8.8.
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Unless you get a superior alloy kit for you D35, than never lock that axle.
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Old 01-23-2011, 07:26 AM   #7
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Unless you get a superior alloy kit for you D35, than never lock that axle.
Ive heard a super 35 kit is trail tested with up to 35" tires.I have a superior c-clip eliminater axle upgrade on my dana35 running unlocked with 35,s so far so good,only light 4 wheeling,no rock climbing.
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Ive heard a super 35 kit is trail tested with up to 35" tires.I have a superior c-clip eliminater axle upgrade on my dana35 running unlocked with 35,s so far so good,only light 4 wheeling,no rock climbing.
Ran a Super 35 with an ARB and 35's for a few years. Put my poor TJ thru hell and back and never had a lick of problems.
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Ive heard a super 35 kit is trail tested with up to 35" tires.I have a superior c-clip eliminater axle upgrade on my dana35 running unlocked with 35,s so far so good,only light 4 wheeling,no rock climbing.
That's a very good kit too, it comes with hardened alloy 27 spline axle shafts so it is roughly equivilent in strength to the unhardened carbon steel 30 spline axle shaft that a stock Dana 44 comes with. The developer of that kit, Blaine Johnson, is a friend of mine who has probably almost forgotten more about Jeeps than probably the sum total of us here know.
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That's a very good kit too, it comes with hardened alloy 27 spline axle shafts so it is roughly equivilent in strength to the unhardened carbon steel 30 spline axle shaft that a stock Dana 44 comes with. The developer of that kit, Blaine Johnson, is a friend of mine who has probably almost forgotten more about Jeeps than probably the sum total of us here know.
Really Jerry? Because that's my opinion of you. You are the Jedi master of all things Jeep, and Tim (distortedtj) is giving you a close run for your money. Two very knowledgeable gentlemen here who've forgotten more than I'll ever know about my TJ.
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Well everyones pointing to a 8.8 swap but what's involved in doing that? Isn't It going to be to long if I get it from and explorer?
Or will a D44 out of an other TJ or Rubi from the junkyard and clean it up?
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Installing an 8.8 is not easy and it takes fabricating and/or at least welding skills if you buy all the required mounting brackets pre-made. If you pay someone to get that proverbial $200 8.8 installed, plan on probably $1200-1300 by the time it's done and then you still have a c-clip axle.

Personally I'd rather have (and do have) a Dana 44 back there. Parts and lockers for it are common, easy to find, and there is more of a selection for various upgrades. Or simply install a Super 35 (for 35" tires) or the C-Clip eliminator kit (for 33" tires) with an ARB Air Locker which is a selectable.
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I'm in the same boat....want a locker in the rear but torn between a used d44 from an 87xj vs just doin the 30 spline d35 kit that comes with a detroit locker for like 1100$. By the time I build the d44. Add gears and a locker I'm lookin at some cash output. Plus I never did do a new drive shaft and sye which needs to be addressed . Does the 30 spline kit get rid of the c-clip or do I need to do both?

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