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Old 01-22-2012, 06:33 PM   #1
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Rear brake upgrade

I have an 89 YJ and am re-doing the brakes on the front (and having problems if youve read my other thread) but my question is, i have heard that instead of getting a conversion kit costing around 500-600 bucks, i can use the disc brakes off of another dana 35 rear axle jeep and they will bolt right up, with the exception of the parking brake, which i dont use anyways considering my current cable wont reach because of my lift. are there any other parts i will need with the exception of the caliper, pads, and rotor?

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Old 01-22-2012, 06:41 PM   #2
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The hardest part to find is the rear bracket that everything bolts up to. You don't see these for sale often. The brackets bolt to the rear axle tubes behind the physical axles. Try searching ZJ rear axles for these brackets.

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Old 01-22-2012, 07:45 PM   #3
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Better off just finding an 8.8 to swap in and kill 2 birds with one stone. Disc brakes and a stronger axle for a cheaper price.
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I agree. U can easily find an 8.8 in any salvage. Just look for a ford.exployer newer than 95
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Old 01-22-2012, 08:15 PM   #5
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i understand the 8.8 swap, and it is a viable option i am looking into, but with regards to the zj swap would the rear bracket be all i needed with the exception of the caliper, rotor, and pads? i am currently laid off and am looking to go as cheap as possible. there is a pull-a-part within easy driving range of my house and they have 15 grand cherokees in stock as of today years ranging from 93-98.
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Old 01-22-2012, 10:35 PM   #7
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I know you think upgrading this aspect of the D35 will improve your situation now, but down the road when you grenade your spiders or snap a shaft you'll hate yourself for ever bothering to put money into the D35. Cut your losses now and upgrade to a D44 or a F8.8 and come out on top.
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Old 01-23-2012, 04:46 AM   #8
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ive seen multiple writeups on this swap, and my question would be, how labor intensive is it really? i have absolutley no experience with differentials although my brother is a competent welder and we are both fairly mechanically inclined the whole having to fabricate parts and getting everything perfect scares me that i have no experience with it. also with the exception of just the axle itself and the brakelines, do i need a new driveshaft? is it something that can be undertook with little to no experience that just seems intimidating at first, or something that could easily be messed up?
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Did you look at the link I posted? It is a bolt in replacement. All you have to do is pull the axle shafts which on a scale of 1-10 is about a 1.

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