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Old 02-10-2013, 07:22 PM   #1
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I have a 99 tj with a Dana 35 in the rear, I run 33's right now but would like to be able to run 35's. I was thinking about a different rear end like a 44, but as you know they are hard to come by that direct bolt in a TJ. Are there any other 44's out of a xj or other jeeps that would be an easy mod?a

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Only a TJ rear end will be a bolt in application. Any other axle would need to have the brackets ground off and new ones welded on. Have you thought of doing a Superior Super 35? That can handle 35s without a problem.

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Old 02-11-2013, 09:24 PM   #3
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I don't know if it will stand up to a locker for very long. I think I'm going to do the 8.8 swap.
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I don't know if it will stand up to a locker for very long. I think I'm going to do the 8.8 swap.
Super 35 comes with a full case locker if I remember correct
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Yes, a Superior Super 35 kit comes with either an ARB air locker or Detroit automatic locker. You can easily run 35" tires locked as hard as you want with no problems. Ask Jerry Bransford about the jeeps he has seen in Johnson Valley with the S35 kits and how they hold up. Most breakage stories from a Super 35 kit are from poor installation, not from a lack in strength. Unless you can weld new brackets on a Ford 8.8 or find a tj dana 44 for cheap, the S35 is a great option. About $1,200 and you get new shafts, bearings, and a locker with strength for 35" tires no problem.
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I put a 8.8 in my yj, but I never had any problems with the 35, I ran them for a couple years on it, and wheeled all the time.
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Now I'm wondering which way to go super 35 or 8.8. Both would cost about the same but super 35 would be easier. I'm kind of wishy washy someone tell me what to do please.
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You can pick up 8.8's cheap. Craigslist, 1/2 price day at the salvage yard. I got luckey when I got mine for the yj. I put a wanted ad on craigslist and a guy sent me an e-mail, said $50 come get it out of his garage.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:14 PM   #9
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Yeah I think your right for the money and quality I think the 8.8 is definitely the way to go. Thanks for the help
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I have a 99 tj with a Dana 35 in the rear, I run 33's right now but would like to be able to run 35's. I was thinking about a different rear end like a 44, but as you know they are hard to come by that direct bolt in a TJ. Are there any other 44's out of a xj or other jeeps that would be an easy mod?a
XJs only had a Dana 44 in the late 80s I wanna say 87-89 or around there and they wouldn't be a bolt in seeing as XJs had leaf springs

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