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Old 10-29-2010, 07:46 PM   #1
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dana 35 rear w/3.07 is toast

Hello, I am new to jeepin, I bought a 95 yj with 35x12.5"s about 2 weeks ago and today I removed the rear differential cover only to find the spider gears with BIG pieces missing. I might add that there was NO metal found in the fluid or housing so it appears that the previous owner knew about it and forgot to mention it that being said I welded the spider gear together , for now. that made it a locker. What do I do now I am willing to do an axle swap and don't mind the wrench work and I can weld. But I do not have a lot of $$$ laying around ( layed off ) I cannot afford to make a mistake buying stuff that won't work. It has a dana 35 rear and a 30 up front w/3.07 gears. I don't want smaller tires , this will be a daily drive / some moderate off road. 4" susp and 2" shackle lift please help thanks Tom

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Old 10-29-2010, 07:52 PM   #2
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You can pick up a 8.8 out of a explorer for cheap like 300 bucks for a good one. I think the gears they come in range from 3.07-4.11. Just need to route brake lines weld up shock mounts spring purchase and get a adapting u joint. If uplifted chimes in hed be able to help you out with that part. Good luck.

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With it welded up and 35's it will bust again. You have a few options:

1; junkyard dana 35 with same gears, will bolt right in.
2. junkyard ford 8.8 stronger axle but will need some welding and things added. gear will not match.(95 or newer explorer)
3. front and rear axles out of full size jeep wagooner, but they have a different wheel pattern.
4. Fix what you have.

3.07's and 35's don't go well together and as you have seen the dana 35 is not the best with bigger tires.
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I don't mind welding to make the axle fit. I just did not see a 8.8 w/3.07 do they come that way and what year? thanks Tom
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Old 10-29-2010, 08:03 PM   #5
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also I might add that I have spydertrax wheel spacer's that accept cj wheels 5x5 1/2 I think
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I thought they did. I know somone whos selling D30 and D35 for cheap with 4.11 gears. Maybe you could get the D30 from him and find a 8.8 with 4.11's and be better off itd be cheaper and easier then regearing.
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I thought they did. I know somone whos selling D30 and D35 for cheap with 4.11 gears. Maybe you could get the D30 from him and find a 8.8 with 4.11's and be better off itd be cheaper and easier then regearing.
with 35s you dont 3.07 gears nor do you want the dana 35. Id say at least dana60 or ford 8.8 (especially if you can weld).

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with 35s you dont 3.07 gears nor do you want the dana 35. Id say at least dana60 or ford 8.8 (especially if you can weld).

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The D30 front is fine with 35's.Notice i said get a 8.8 rear end with 4.11 gears and i know a guy that has d30 and d35 with matching gears. So he could get the D30 with matching gears for cheaper then regearing the d30 he has now to match the 8.8.
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well OK then what would be the best setup for me? I want to keep tire's so do I buy a ford 8.8 and then another d30 with that gear ratio to match the 8.8? or do I go with a d44 with3.07's. It seems to be easier and cheaper to buy another axle with different gears then to change them? I was quoted $800 to change gear ratio. Thanks Tom
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well OK then what would be the best setup for me? I want to keep tire's so do I buy a ford 8.8 and then another d30 with that gear ratio to match the 8.8? or do I go with a d44 with3.07's. It seems to be easier and cheaper to buy another axle with different gears then to change them? I was quoted $800 to change gear ratio. Thanks Tom

Front and rear re-gear? Parts & labor? Jump on it. My bearings went out and busted my ring and pinion up. 1st quote $1600 just for rear ring & gear and both bearing kits (+labor). but that was his parts price I'm in the process of working out a cash transaction, w/ me buying parts from Rusty's off road. They have a D30 D35 combo kit in 4.10 thru 4.88. Comes with both gears and install kits. Or check Randy's ring and pinion out, Yukon has a "no questions asked life time warranty" Good luck -
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Check out the for sale section. There's some D44's out of a wagoneer for $350 in NY
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8.8 is an easy swap. Find one with the gear ratio you want. You will probably need at least 4:10 with those 35's. I'm rolling 33's with 3:73 on an 8.8. It's a great daily driver. When you have the money change the gears in the front. Just dc the front drive line in the mean time to prevent damage in case 4x4 is accidentally activated. You will need a driveline adapter for the axle. MORE sells a good conversion kit. (mountain offroad enterprise). I recommend purchasing mores parking brake cables as well, however, if you search the web you can learn how to modify the factory e-brake stuff.
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Old 11-01-2010, 07:12 PM   #13
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Thank you for all your replies. I am learning a lot from all of you and I appreciate it. So I guess that I will probably go with a Ford 8.8 w/ at least 4:10 gears and Have Elisa's 4x4 do a gear swap in the front $800 is what he quoted me (I think) or is there a place that I can buy a junk yard front axle and swap them both? I have a 95yj body on an 87yj frame with spidertrax wheel spaces that has 5x5 1/2 lugs so things sometimes get confusing thanks for bearing with me
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look around, all the yj 4cyls came with a d30 w/ 4.10's up front. might be able to pick one up for cheap and just swap both front and rear instead of paying that for a gear change.

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