here is my dilemma. just got a jeep not too long ago (first jeep). Im not too mechanically inclined but i like to take on a challenge. the jeep is not my primary vehicle so i have time to let it sit in the garage while i work on it. Well after i purchased it I went out farting around in it and everything worked fine. I get home and the next week I go out deer hunting and I had no power in reverse, I take it in and they tell me the tranny is bad. so 3K later i had the tranny fixed, rear pinion seal fixed +fluid changed, fuel line split/leak fixed, proportionary valve on the brakes replaced and transmission cooler replaced. so what do i spend the next thousand bucks or more on? It has 35's with stock 3:07 gears and its an automatic with the 4.0 6cyl.
do i get:
4:56 or 4:88 gears? I would not take this task on myself, unless someone who lives close could help me.
SYE Kit with CV shaft?
I want new tires and rims also........
Sorry had to do it. Well if its not your primary mode of transport and you want to play in the woods I would go 4.88. With the 35's its gonna do well. But if your gonna see a lot of road time I would go 4.55. And have someone else do it. I'm fairly good with a hammer and a pair of pliers. But gears isn't something I would do myself.
You got a D30 and D35 under there? If so, and you have the money to burn I would look at doing something with the axles. Either D44's or a Super 35 kit for the rear and the equivalent for the front.
You might get lucky and find a good set of used Dana 44s around and then re-gear them (if need be) in your spare time. It's a lot easier to do it with the axles removed. It would be a great learning experience and you'd have the time to tinker with it and get it right since you could still roll around on the old axles.
I like to go with what keeps the Jeep in good, sound mechanical order first when doing mods/upgrades/repairs. Beef it up and keep it healthy so those wheels keep turning and getting you around, then go for the fluff.
Not a lot of folks recommend 35s on the D35. I'm debating bumping up to 35s at some point, but I just don't want to risk it right now.
If I were to keep my 30/35 axles I would put a Super 35 out back, an equivalent kit up front, and then truss both axles. Cost-wise though, I'd be better off hunting down some good D44s from a salvage yard. Or at least a 44 out back and then strengthen up the 30.
excuse my ignorance but what is trussing an axle?
also if i switch to a D44 will my brakes still hook into it? And are all D44 axles the same or do i have to locate ones specifically for a wrangler?
Trussing an axle puts extra material on the outside, usually on the top of the axle (like a bridge has trusses) and prevents or significantly reduces the axle's ability to flex the tubing between the diff and the wheels. Keeping the axle stiff like that prevents the axle housing itself from breaking and also keeps the axle shafts inside from bending too much and breaking.
I would saw go for gears. I have a 00' Sahara on the d30 and d35 running 35x12.5x17 MT baja claws. With factory gearing, it went, but when I needed it, it had no guts. 4.88's made a huge difference. My Jeep is a daily too and it still does just fine...Highway speeds, in town, everything. Also another thing to consider with the 35's are brakes. Maybe consider a rear disc brake conversion...They can be spendy, but worth it.....
sweet. That is what i was hoping. i mean when is my axle going to break? the previous owner probably wheeled this thing way more than i ever will. It seems to run just fine but a little weak when i need it. It has plenty of power in 4wd but that is when i think things would break. i drive my jeep maybe 3 times a week to work which is 20 to 25 miles one way and the speed limit is 40. other than that i will use it hunting and fishing. oh, and the brakes. i already ran into a situation where my rears werent working and i had a different proportioning valve put in and it seems to be working better..