Well I took in my jeep for a chirping noise and Les Schwab told me I need a new rear axle, i have shot U-joints, a bent drive line and a cracked lift kit... well im a loley college student and am going to tackle this one step at a time. I found these one craigs list and was wondering if I could run 33's comfortably on them: DANA 30 & 35 axels
If that link doesnt work, the gear ration on both is 4.56. Still waiting for a reply from that guy as to how many miles are on them.
That rear Dana 35 axle with the ECTED Locker won't last long with 33" or bigger tires, Dana 35 axles aren't strong enough to remain reliable with a locker. A broken axle shaft is the usual result of running a locker in a Dana 35 axle. The front Dana 30 would be fine with 33" tires and a locker. And besides, that ECTED locker is not a great locker, it uses clutches which will slip under enough pressure (NOT good!) and eventually will need to be rebuilt. I'd go with nearly any locker over an ECTED.
But an axle is rebuildable with new bearings so for Les Schwab to say you need a new axle is ridiculous. That's like saying you need a new engine because it needs a valve job. I'd expect a rebuild to cost $350 or so including new bearings, go find a 4x4 shop or shop that specializes in axles (NOT Les Schwab) and tell them it's making a screeching noise which is likely nothing more than a bearing and have them repair or rebuild it. Labor should be $200-250 and the parts (bearings) will be less than $100.
Remember that having a different opinion doesn't also require one to be a jerk when expressing it.
This is the exact conversation
"Hey..... we have some really bad news.."
"Your rear axle is completely done for, your U-Joints are shot, your drive-line is bent and you have a crack in your lift kit."
Sweet dude, ill just come pick it up
"Actually sir, we recommend you dont even drive it anymore.... we have a good source for rear end builds if you want us to set up a tow truck for you.."
Naw man, ill just drive him out of there and take him home...
"Sir, we dont recommend that.."
naw dude ill just take it home
So yeah... took it home... there isnt a "crack" in my lift kit. One of the bolts came out from mudding and I replaced it, so it looks like its jimmy rigged. And as far as the axle.. far as I can tell and many other opinions from buddies it sounds like my seals are shot. I had been planning on lockers and that craigs list posting seemed reasonable. Now im just trying to find the cheapest road to take and still be able to do some 4 wheelin.
I know I don't like my D 35 with 35's. I am trying to source a 8.8 and the funds to make the change. I would not do a axle change without upgrading. Breaking something is natures way of telling you to upgrade. 8.8 or D44 would be my bet for the exchange. Because of strength and width similarities,. along with bolt pattern.