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Old 12-24-2009, 11:38 PM   #1
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dana 35 locker

Has anyone installed a locker in there d35 and had sucess? I have got 35" tires on mine and I here that im asking for trouble.





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Old 12-25-2009, 12:24 AM   #2
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Has anyone installed a locker in there d35 and had sucess? I have got 35" tires on mine and I here that im asking for trouble.





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from what I can tell a stock 35 with locker is full of fail

but a s35 with locker will work

I have 35's and I want to get manual lockers with a better axle

I still run the open 35 just fine on 35's

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Old 12-25-2009, 12:31 AM   #3
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You can do it, just dont wheel it hard or put alot of stress on it = \ But who knows maybe youll never break it
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Old 12-25-2009, 02:29 AM   #4
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lol stock shafted 35 with a locker and 35" tires has fail written all over it, even on the street. now a super 35 with locker isnt bad but you still have the inherent weakness of the r&p.
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I actually do agree with fail written all over it, but ive heard stories of people making it work! but I sure wouldnt risk it
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I am running a Powertrax No Slip in my Dana 35 but only with 31" Tires and I am pretty easy on it (Just Trail Riding) I would not even think of a locker in a 35 with tires over 31" unless you go with a Super 35 kit,Or upgrade to a Dana 44 or Ford 8.8
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Old 12-25-2009, 09:09 AM   #7
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It all depends on what kind of offroading you do.
Rock climbing stands a much higher chance of breaking than say trail riding, sand, light mud, loose dirt hill climbing or deep snow.
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Old 12-25-2009, 12:07 PM   #8
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No matter how gentle you are on it, a Dana 35c is going to eventually break with 35" tires and a locker. I too thought I could just be gentle with mine but after 6 weeks and just one VERY gentle offroad trip with a locker and only 33" tires, my dearly departed Dana 35c axle grenaded on the street. I was literally doing nothing more than making a slow-speed gentle u-turn at a downtown San Diego intersection when mine let go with a dramatic BANG that turned heads on the street.

The good news is that a Dana 35c can be upgraded with either a Super 35 kit or a C-Clip Eliminator Kit from Superior Axle which will make it strong enough to run both 35" tires and a locker on pretty tough trails. I can't say the same for the several imitation knock-off Super 35 kits sold by other manufacturers.
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I am not worried about it snapping because I want to upgrade... but I worry about how I am getting off the trails

the only reason mine has not crapped out is its an open dif and 373 gears

and a real s35 kit (WITH) a truss should help just fine
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Yes you'll be fine with a Super 35 kit, and Superior Axle's truss would be even better but a truss is not absolutely necessary for 99.9% of us.

Getting off the trail with a broken D35c axle shaft is certainly not easy. Getting it home without installing a replacement axle shaft or flat-bedding it would be impossible if you have to drive on the highway to get home.
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Old 12-25-2009, 03:41 PM   #11
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well im regearing in the next few weeks, what is the exact brand of super axle to redo the shafts in a d35 ? is it called "Superior Axle" because i dont want to get a knock off and i dont want the local shop ordering one of these knock off brands. the local shop said they can do the gearing and axle shaft upgrade in rear for around 2k with locker in the rear
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Well you can also make sure thats what you got by looking at the stamp on the outer axle shaft. mine has no such stamp = (
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well im regearing in the next few weeks, what is the exact brand of super axle to redo the shafts in a d35 ? is it called "Superior Axle" because i dont want to get a knock off and i dont want the local shop ordering one of these knock off brands. the local shop said they can do the gearing and axle shaft upgrade in rear for around 2k with locker in the rear
Yep, Superior Axle is the brand name of the Super 35 kit you want. There are others that have stolen the "Super 35" name which can be confusing but most are just cheap knockoffs that aren't worth the $$$. Superior Axle's Super 35 kit will give you everything needed including your choice of several lockers and a pair of alloy chromolly 30 spline axle shafts to replace your OE carbon steel 27 spline axle shafts. It's a great kit and holds up to nearly anything you can throw at it.

By the way, one of the locker choices available is the Detroit Locker which for your local non-icy/non-snow type conditions would be great. If you have the $$$, the ARB Air Locker is nicer on the street but the Detroit Locker is fine for most people and is what is in my daily driver TJ. It's very well behaved 99% of the time and the 1% is just an occasional noise or slight lurch.
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Old 12-25-2009, 08:39 PM   #14
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I still don't see why people pour money into a D35. They are all right at first, but once you blow it up upgrade to a Ford 8.8. What you'd spend in a Super 35 kit you could stick an 8.8 in & have a stonger axle than a D44. I'm still running mine with 33s & a lunchbox locker. But when it explodes(4 years & no problems yet) I will put one in.
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Old 12-25-2009, 08:42 PM   #15
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Checked into it, sounds like I'm goin to get the Detroit to save and help pay for some of the installation. Is it also better to get the Superior Truss as well? The JP writeup says the axles flexing is a bit of trouble as well
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Old 12-25-2009, 10:05 PM   #17
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just curious, but for a price that high, why not just go with a 44 or 8.8 with some rear disk brakes and just geardown too?
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Well isn't a 44 rear axle like 2500 plus shipping ? This is half the price of that and i'm also doing 4.56 gears so that's like 1200 extra
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Im telling you, just get axles already regeared and locked. itll be cheaper.
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^ ya i was thinking like getting one used off of another jeep or ford? someone nearby could be partying something out. i had a guy in the club go with an 8.8 off of an explorer with rear disks, then geared to 4.10's and put in a locker while he was at it, all under $1k, butttt to his credit he had all the necessary equipment to expand the differential to fit the rings in there and take care of everything else. did take him about 3weeks to get it all complete. but ya if you don't plan on doing the gears yourself, and don't wanna search for it, then i definitely understand how the s35 looks like a better choice.
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No I meant people who already have TJs, ive found many people who will upgrade to S35 regeared and locked with D30 locked and re geared selling for $750
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^^ Sorry about the repeat question about the truss, after rereading thread I seen the truss was discussed

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