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Old 09-03-2012, 05:31 PM   #1
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Question about Dana 35

Hi. New to forum. Can anyone explain the differences between the Dana 35 and Dana 44? I am looking at buying a 2002 Wrangler X. Does the Dana 35 have limited slip? Is there a way to tell if this Jeep has limited slip if it was an option? What does it cost to switch axles to a Dana 44?
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Old 09-03-2012, 05:36 PM   #2
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The difference between the Dana 35c and Dana 44 is strength. The Dana 35c is only adequate for smaller tires, no locker, and more gentle forms of offroading while the Dana 44 is worthy of nearly anything up to about the 35" tire size. Either had limited slip as an extra cost option. If the axle has limited slip, the factory bolts a steel tag onto the differential cover indicating it requires a friction modifier additive. No guarantee teh previous owner didn't remove it.

It can cost anywhere from $800 to $1200 to buy a used Dana 44 out of a Wrangler TJ that is ready to be bolted in. For that reason, I'd hold off and wait for a TJ with a Dana 44 rear axle. The odds of it costing any more than one with the Dana 35 are slim since few Wrangler owners know which is which or even care.

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Old 09-03-2012, 05:38 PM   #3
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You want a Dana 44. Dana 35's are a weak axle that have a Max tire size of 31" or 33". Some people snap their dana 35 pulling out of a parking lot, some run them for years without a problem. It's hit or miss. A Dana 44 is much stronger and can handle 35" tires locked without a problem. It is much easier to buy a jeep with a Dana 44 already in it then to buy it with a Dana 35 then spend thousands to switch it over. You can get open, limited slip, or a locker in either axle
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Old 09-03-2012, 05:51 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input. Guess I need to hold off.
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:47 PM   #5
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I agree, hit or miss. My dad had a 35c with a super kit, and I have a friend with a super 35 c clip eliminator kit, and both turn 33's with no problems.

On the flip side I've seen others snap shafts and bust up their 35 real bad on the trail.

Highway driving on 33's and smaller unlocked you'll probably be fine. If you lock it you'd better put a super kit in and carry spare shafts just in case. If you know its back their and don't be top harsh on it it'll be good to you.

With my experience I'll be doing a super kit and a Detroit also sleeve/gusset it with 33x12.5 r15's and 4.56's. I drive mine on the highway and pick my lines well, avoid tire hopping, and abuse of the jeep in general so I'm 99.9% sure I'll be ok.

Your options are a d35c, ford8.8, and d44 or d60 if you're effing crazy like that.
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