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Old 05-24-2010, 08:01 AM   #1
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Ok...so heres my question to anyone who'd be interested in chatting about it. I have an 03 wrangler X and from the specs, axles are a dana 30 front and a dana 35 rear. I don't intend to off-road much BUT i want to be prepared just incase i have to do so.... should I upgrade to the dana 44 (like the rubicons) or just roll with what i got? I know the rubies are top of the line, off-road ready...personally I find most of the people in my area drive them just for that reason alone...I mean they dont have to go into 4x4 to get into the mall parking lot right??

Just for the sake of it..lets say i do intend on doing some mild off-roading..but nothing too hardcore....would my dana 30 and 35 axles hold up alright??

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i wheeled a 2005 x with a 2" lift 31" tires and 3.07's in the d30 and d35. there are guys that wheel d35's with 35" tires and do ok. if you don't plan on off roading, i wouldn't bother upgrading, it is expensive and a pita.

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+1 to above, if you're not going too crazy, you should be fine w/ what you have.
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Agreed.

I ran a stock 30 and a Super 35 upgraded set with 35's for a few years and never had any problems. And that was WITH getting stupid with it

For lite wheeling, the d30/d35 should do you just fine.
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I like your screen name. And I promise to not try to tell any stupid jokes about an 8000 pound wench on the front a Jeep.

Axle upgrades should, I think, be avoided unless/until you get to the point where you discover you absolutely need them. In other words, go break those axles first. I doubt you will, unless you absolutely have no subtlety with your gas pedal - if you see a big rock obstacle, and try to "solve" it by slamming on the gas - well, you may need to upgrade. If you prefer a more subtle approach, you'll most likely be just fine.
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keep the stock ones take the money you were gona spend on them and put it some were else on the jeep.
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A dana 35 will live for a while if: 1. you don't put a locker in it. 2. don't put lower gears in it. 3. don't got over 33's tires. 4. Keep off the gas and instead ask for a tow.

For the person who go's offroad once in a while.. it will last just fine, even longer on stock tires.

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