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Old 10-03-2011, 07:01 PM   #1
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Axle Shaft Replacement

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I will be replacing my axles shafts, soon. Any recommendations on a brand?

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both front and rear? I have heard good things about superior. What size tires are you running and what axle combo?

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Yea front or rear? What axle do you have?
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RCVs up front great shafts no issues locked with 35s. rear alloy usa, G2, superior ext basically anyone's alloy shafts if its a 44 or 8.8, pointless to alloy a dana 35
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i am starting with the front. I have a D30 and plan to move to up to a max tire size of 35s
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The only brand of replacement axleshaft I would consider is Superior Axle and I would go with their US made Evolution Series axleshafts. For 35" tires, you can stick with a hardened alloy 27 spline front shaft which will hold up very well to being locked with 35" tires, no need to go to a 30 spline shaft up front. The other shafts like from Alloy USA are all imported.
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What about the discovery series by superior?
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I spoke with Mike at Superior and there is no longer a rear discovery 27 spline chromolly shaft. The part number has gone from the DC35LK-27 to EV35LK-27, but the material is 1541H not chromolly. The splines on this new evolution shaft are also cut splines and not rolled splines. Due to it being their evolution series it still carries their lifetime warranty, but does not compare with the shafts sold in the c-clip eliminator series. Leave the front axles alone as many people wheel with the stock axles on 35s with no problems. They do not see the stress the rear axle sees. You still have not mentioned what rear axle you have D35 or D44?
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Leave the front axles alone as many people wheel with the stock axles on 35s with no problems. They do not see the stress the rear axle sees.
I beg to differ with you whole-heartedly on that. Once you add a locker, the front shafts don't hold up with 35" tires.

This happened on Sledgehammer which is a difficult trail but where my axle shaft broke, at the ears that hold the u-joint, you can consider that a common breakage on even easier trails with the factory unhardened shafts.
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Agreed, but all the OP said is that he is wanting to upgrade the shafts. If he is wanting to put a locker up there I would definitely agree to upgrade the shafts on 35s. Most people will never see let alone do the trails that you are so familiar with. Sledgehammer is the type of trail 90% of us will never see as it is extreme to the maximum.
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Looking at his photos with one looking like it was taken on the John Bull trail, either he already has a front locker or one is in his near-term future.
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I broke the ears off a open open dana 30 with 33s on an easy trail. Alloy shafts are worth the upgrade i have Superior's in mine but we'll probably be putting RCVs in my dads TJ when he gets one.
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I went with RCV in my front 44 and Nitro chrome moly 30 spline in the rear. 35's and regeared to nitro 4.88's. Still using stock lockers but will be upgrading to ARB's in the near future.

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