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Old 07-17-2006, 08:38 PM   #1
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Question Axle Question

Looking over the threads, I haven't been able to find an answer...That said, I have also read the arguments regarding the D35 vs D44, etc.

My D35 is in need of repair and rather than replace with stock parts (Lok Trak and some other incidentals), I'm thinking a super 35 w/detroit locker. I found a '99 D35 with the super kit and an OX locker for sale locally (much cheaper!). Other than welding for shock and springs, what else should I be concerned with? I know I'll have to re-gear the front too...Trying not to get too crazy with the $$ (go figure a jeep over budget!).

Wife is getting upset as the Jeep has kicked a new vehicle out of the garage, so I need to fix PDQ

Any constructive thoughts/comments would be appreciated.

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Old 07-17-2006, 08:55 PM   #2
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I would say that it all depends on the size of tires you are running. The D35 is basically crap, but many have wheeled with them for years, before twisting an axle shaft. As the old saying goes, it doesn't matter how much you polish shit, it is still shit.
Therefore, if you are going to replace it anyway, why not go with one with better performance, such as the D44, or the Ford 8.8, or even the 9". The nines have become very popular, so of course more expensive. I would just hate for you to spend money on replacing it, when you could save up a little more, and have a much better axle.

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Old 07-17-2006, 10:54 PM   #3
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Super 35 would be a good choice.
But as bluvikng says the better choice is a 8.8 or 44.

If I was in your shoes I would scrimp on something so I could get the 8.8 myself. When it's all said and done you're looking at 50 to 70% more if you don't do any work yourself?
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44 is good because it is so common and there are many parts for it but so is the 8.8...you can find a cheap 8.8 with good brakes for cheap...but if you have to then you can go with the super 35...oh and by the way...the 8.8 is 31 spline (i think most if not all of them are) and the dana 44 should be 30 spline...and your dana 35 currently should be 27 spline (super 35 upgrades to 30 spline which is the same as the 44 but without the other goodies)
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im facing the same delima. but my question is, does a 44 bolt right in or is there mods that have to be done to the shock mounts and spring perches? also, are they the same in length as the 35?
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Not all 44’s are the same. If you get one from a TJ it's mostly or completely a bolt in. You may need a new driveshaft.
You can by 8.8 with all the spring perches and such as well that are just bolt in.
Alternatively, get a junkyard 8.8 and a $250 RE perch kit and have it welded on. More work but saves $$$'s if your up to it.

Here is a link on the 8.8 I have never used this company but have been looking at their products.

http://www.ok4wd.com/index.php/catal...axle_assembly/
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Old 07-18-2006, 11:51 AM   #7
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what he said...but if you get a dana 44 from a tj like a rubicon or a sahara or sport that had that option then it should bolt in with exception of a new longer driveshaft that you might need...which would be good anyway especially if you have a lift to get rid of vibrations
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oh, but one other thing though...i've heard that dana 44's in tj's just have a dana 44 ring and pinion but every thing else is the same as the 35...i read that in a 4 wheel magazine but i'm not sure if its true...dont see how it could be
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I think the 44 comment is for the Rubicon replacement for the dana 30 retains the 30 tubes and outers.
I believe the rear 44 has the tubes and all, however I've been wrong before.
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Old 07-18-2006, 04:12 PM   #10
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I think the 44 comment is for the Rubicon replacement for the dana 30 retains the 30 tubes and outers.
I believe the rear 44 has the tubes and all, however I've been wrong before.
That is correct.
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Make sure if you are looking at the 8.8 that it comes out of an explorer not a ranger. The rangers have smaller axles,27 spline or something. Late 90's 8.8's will have disk brakes too. I am not sure here but I would plan on some fabrication work for any axle swap. There are too many variables to think it will just bolt in and work, pinion angle, shock mounts, spring spacing. The only easy swap would be to get a 44 from a similar Jeep. A TJ axle isn't going to bolt up in a YJ and vice-versa.

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