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Old 03-13-2013, 05:25 PM   #1
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Regear pricing and options?

I blew my Dana 35, the spiders and basket. On Monday I will be bringing it to a place that specializes in offroading jeeps, not a dealer. I want to go from my current 32s to 33s. I have done a lot of reading and seems like my best match would be 4.56s. I have the 4.0 5 speed. I live in Massachusetts so I would be on trails, in mud, snow, and obviously on road. This is my DD. What locker would be best for me? Also should I have them throw in new axles in only the rear or in both the front and rear? I am pretty tight on money so what would be a decent price for just the rear end and axles? (I'd keep it in 2 for the time being). If I got both the front and rear end done what would be a fair price?
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:28 PM   #2
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4:56's would be the right choice for the 4.0 5 speed and 33's. I had them put in mine about a year ago and paid around $1600 parts and labor for both axles. I chose not to put a locker in my D35 because of the weakness factor, and that I would eventually like to change it out to a 44 with a locker. I think if I planned on keeping the 35, I would look at the super 35 with a locker or just put a locker in the front.

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Old 03-13-2013, 07:36 PM   #3
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1200-3000 depending on the shop. i paid 1200 for 4:56 installed with a spartan in my xj but i had to take the axles out and bring them to the shop to get that deal.

4:56 would be your minimum, but if you even think that you MAYBE MIGHT think of going to 35's do yourself a favor and go 4:88

i would say with snow spend the $ on a selectable rear locker and not a lunchbox. Granted you live in the snow and are better at driving in it than i am, but i find with my spartan locker it pushes the front end of my jeep and i have a hard time steering.

save some $ by not worrying about axle shafts right now. if you're not doing any heavy wheeling why bother? if your worried about snapping a shaft buy some JY trail spares. i spent $40 and have a full set of spares.

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Old 03-13-2013, 07:51 PM   #4
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4:56 is plenty. Any lower and u will be sorry. Especially if it is a dd. also do not put a lunch box type locker in your rig if u drive on the street in snow. It will pull u into a turn and shit will happen. Save for a selectable locker.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:53 PM   #5
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Okay this sounds good not having to buy rear axles would be a wicked plus. I was considering selectable locker but I was afraid that would jack the price way up. I find myself stuck all the time on stupid hills simply because of open diffs so a locker is a must for me. Would a superior kit with a locker hold up pretty well with 33s if I was doing just moderate offroading?

Edit: Okay I will definitely go with a selectable locker now that you guys are recommending it. Should I have one in both the front and rear or just in the rear?
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:54 PM   #6
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for now if $ is a problem just go with a rear. your looking at a G for the locker alone but its well worth it IMO. you just need to decide between air or electric. my preference is air because you can use the compressor to air up tires but its a little more expensive.
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:38 PM   #7
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Bump-looks like I will be putting the cash out for an air or e locker, which one is more ideal for my situation? Also does anyone else have any comments about fair prices?
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:25 PM   #8
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An ARB will run you about $900 and I am not sure on an e-locker, but ARB is the best out there. Also unless something has changed the e-locker is a limited slip when not locked.

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