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Old 01-03-2008, 09:38 PM   #1
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super dana 35

what do ya'll think about the super dana 35 kit ?

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Old 01-03-2008, 09:51 PM   #2
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better to wait and look on craigslist adn find a used D44 and use the money towards that, but if you are only gonna use it to get a locker and dont plan on getting tires bigger then 31's and get a manual locker then its ok

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and dont plan on getting tires bigger then 31's and get a manual locker then its ok
the super 35 comes with a detroit. if you drive it sensibly its a decent kit. i ran with a guy at one event who had it and 33s. he drove like an idiot the whole time and finally on the 2nd day broke the pinion yoke. i was impressed, no axle carnage (internally).
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You might want to compare the cost of a super35 vs. a equally equipped D44 and you'd find that you can save yourself some cash. it's hard to justify upgrading the d35 if you are going to go 33' or above in tire size and if you are going to wheel hard
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what do ya'll think about the super dana 35 kit ?
Doing super35 is like putting a ring on a strippers finger... Its going to cost you a bunch of money and in the end your friends are going to say "I told you so"...

If you have the money to spend on a super35 then build an 8.8 or look for a used 44.
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super 35 owner here with 33 and an OX locker. been just fine for about 2 years now.
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I've never heard of anyone breaking a Super 35 kit yet. I've asked about them in several forums, guys running 33. No one ever had issues. Not that I have a problem with finding a deal on a 44 either.
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I've never heard of anyone breaking a Super 35 kit yet. I've asked about them in several forums, guys running 33. No one ever had issues. Not that I have a problem with finding a deal on a 44 either.
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If you buy Superior Axle's Super 35 kit, it has a very good track record. SA reports they've had very few warranty returns over the 7-8 years it's been out, maybe even longer. I know a couple guys that wheel Johnson Valley (home of the collection of infamous Hammers trails) on a fairly regular basis with Super 35s and they've yet to have a problem with that part of their rig.

There will always be a few to say the Super 35 kit is a waste but it's actually a very good solution for most offroaders doing trails difficult enough to take out a stock Dana 35c axle. A Dana 44 is a better solution, of course, but for most folks a Super 35 kit is a much easier route to go that holds up for just about anything but the craziest forms of abuse.
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What Jerry said.

I DID see on JF where somebody had broken a Yukon 35 shaft IIRC, but it's been a while.

I have the Yukon 35 in my 4cyl and with 4.88's and 33's, has worked well for me. I don't wheel crazy stuff, but the setup has done everything I've asked of it at this point and it has been 2 years for me as well.
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I know a few guys with the SA Super 35 kit running 33s & 35s. Its all about how you use the stupid pedal.
I'll stick to my D35 cause it's lighter and has more clearance than the D44 in my cj5 or an 8.8 Ford.
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I know a few guys with the SA Super 35 kit running 33s & 35s. Its all about how you use the stupid pedal.
I'll stick to my D35 cause it's lighter and has more clearance than the D44 in my cj5 or an 8.8 Ford.
Lighter? Thatís like saying I'll take a 4cy over a 6cy because it takes up less room when working in the eng bay. The overall benefit of the 44 or 8.8 far outweighs the few lbs you save.
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Lighter? Thatís like saying I'll take a 4cy over a 6cy because it takes up less room when working in the eng bay. The overall benefit of the 44 or 8.8 far outweighs the few lbs you save.
Well put. I've seen some strange reasons for wanting to keep a Dana 35c but both those two reasons mentioned above take the cake.
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it's not the shafts or the locker that becomes the weak part when you upgrade to a S35. It's the ring gear, and the ring gear bolts that become the weak part. Of course that's not to say that it won't last for some, but I've seen plenty of holy dif covers, and popcorn sittin in the bottom of difs on the D35 with and without Super 35's.
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Well put. I've seen some strange reasons for wanting to keep a Dana 35c but both those two reasons mentioned above take the cake.
WTF are you talking about???
The more lbs you have the more power you need too move the lbs, and an 1" of ground clearance is an inch of clearance no matter where you get it.
The weakest part of the D35 is the axle tubes which can bend, so what my D44 bends too.
I've seen 1st hand ( cause I did it ) a D60 break at Tellico.
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Old 01-06-2008, 09:45 AM   #17
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super 35 with a truss.
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i've himmed and hawed about the super 35, and a dana 44. i got two options the way i see it....d35 w/ support truss, or d44. thats it. i dont like the 8.8(personally) so who will win? which ever is cheaper.
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WTF are you talking about???
The more lbs you have the more power you need too move the lbs, and an 1" of ground clearance is an inch of clearance no matter where you get it.
The weakest part of the D35 is the axle tubes which can bend, so what my D44 bends too.
The D35c's axle tubes may not be as heavy as some other axle tubes but they're identical to the axle tube used in the TJ's D44. They're actually cut from the same stock. No, that's not a rumor or myth.

The biggest weakness in the Dana 35c is its axleshafts which are too small of a diameter for any serious wheeling. So far as the weight difference and ground clearance goes, those would be some pretty stupid reasons to run a Dana 35c over a Dana 44 or something even stronger.
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Does anybody make a d35 truss or would you have to fab one your self?
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Does anybody make a d35 truss or would you have to fab one your self?
I'd first worry about the Dana 35c's weak axleshafts, then I'd look around for a truss. Superior Axle used to make a truss for the Dana 35c but they stopped making them. Those running a Super 35 which consists of 30 spline axleshafts and one of three lockers have very good experience with it. The 30 spline axleshaft that comes in Superior Axle's Super 35 kit is actually slightly stronger than a Dana 44's axleshaft. I personally know a few guys that run several of the Hammers trails in Johnson Valley with a Super 35 kit with no problems in that area.
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Does anybody make a d35 truss or would you have to fab one your self?
TnT customs makes a weld on truss for the D35. Heres mine.They make it to work with factory control mounts also.
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Well first i'm doing my lift but I was going to get a super35 with a arb and truss it at the samr time. I also read somthing about it's good to weld the axle tubes?
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TnT customs makes a weld on truss for the D35. Heres mine.They make it to work with factory control mounts also.
nice just what I wanted.
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So id need the truss 150$ and the uca mounts and tbar mount wich is 120$? Then I just have it welded on and it will bolt right back in?
http://www.tntcustoms.com/webV5/reartruss.asp
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So id need the truss 150$ and the uca mounts and tbar mount wich is 120$? Then I just have it welded on and it will bolt right back in?
http://www.tntcustoms.com/webV5/reartruss.asp
Correct. And just to let you know my super 35 has been holding up great and i'm running 35 inch rubber. Just remember if you drive hard with the stupid pedal anything will break.
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RE makes a nice bolt on truss kit but it can only be used with their LA system.
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Super 35, ARB, truss, and 35's here.

Been running this setup for some time now and have had zero problems. It certainly has my vote.
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not mine but came across it if anyone is interested
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Would either a super 35 or d44 hold up to a small v8? I don't do much rock crawlin, but I do a lot of trails, 2wd donuts in mud, and hill climbs.

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