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Old 09-20-2011, 08:26 AM   #1
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98 TJ Axle Question

Hey guys I need to replace my rear axle, I have a bad pinion bearing, and no money to fix it, its not broken yet but needs to be replaced. I'm looking around for another dana35 with 4.11s, my question is could I use a dana35 with the same gear ratio out of any jeep, could I use a bigger axle such as dana44 out of any jeep also, I may upgrade both at the same time if i can find matching axles with the same ratios.Hope you can understand my question, I can clarify if neededThanks

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Old 09-20-2011, 08:47 AM   #2
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Yes, you can replace with something like a D44, but depending on what you're able to find I'm guessing it will most likely be too expensive for you to buy two or even just one D44s if you can't afford the pinion bearing. Good news is you can find probably another D35 with 4.11s fairly easy, and it's pretty much a simple driveway swap. Since people get rid of the D35s when they're ready for big tires, there is usually someone out there who's got one they're trying to get rid of.

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will an axle out of an jeep work, such as yj or jk also?
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bad pinion bearing? those usually last forever. are you sure? if you're going to replace the whole axle it seems like a no brainer to go with something better than what you got. it's easiest to find a d44 out of a tj for a direct bolt in. i'm sure you know there are a lot of other rear axle choices but unless it came from a tj there will be cutting/ welding involved.

the d30 front is fine. you will need to have the gear ratios match
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from what I hear 98 tjs had bad rear ends, but I'm slowly working on a build, Id like to do 44s all the way around, so right now im just gathering parts, but dana 44s are hard to find in my area, I think im gonnat try my local area forum
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That's the first I've heard anything about bad rear ends in the 98 TJs. My 98 D35 had over 200K on it, a good bit of off-road abuse, and has held up great.

As far as axles from other vehicles, yes and no. Yes they can be made to work, but no they are not a direct bolt-in axle. Again, if you're on a budget, your best bet is going to be another D35 from a TJ unless you find an amazing deal on a D44. A D44 is definitely the way to go, but the last one I was looking at was around $1200 bolt in ready on Craigslist. Now I haven't been looking hard, and pricing varies, but it's not going to be a $200 axle ready to go.
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Thanks for the help, looks like ill just find another d35, im not doing a massive lift and tires, so it'll hold up fine
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I'm not trying to be That Guy, but:

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Hey guys I need to replace my rear axle, I have a bad pinion bearing, and no money to fix it, its not broken yet but needs to be replaced.
#1: why would you replace an entire axle assembly when you just have a bad pinion bearing? That's like saying you need to buy a whole 'nother Jeep because your wiper motor quit working.

#2: I have put some thought in to it, but I just cannot come up with any scenario where it is cheaper to do an axle swap than it is to replace a pinion bearing. Seriously, why not just fix the problem at hand?

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I'm looking around for another dana35 with 4.11s
#3: I can completely understand wanting to replace your Dana35, but I am flabbergasted as to why you would replace it with another Dana35. If you're going to go through the hassle of an axle swap, why not upgrade to something more durable? There will never be a better time.

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