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Old 04-07-2013, 08:29 AM   #1
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Thoughts on used parts..

Hear me out. I've seen dirt cheap prices on T cases, D 44's etc. from Craig's list and salvage yards around me. My question to you guys is this.... Is it a cost effective approach to buy these parts, rebuild them on a bench while I happily cruise in my TJ, then swap out and sell my old parts? Seems like a no brainer. My ultimate goal is to bump my 04's D 30 and D 35 to 44's, w/ a regear. I know I'm going sac some money upfront, but I'll recoup on the back end, and my "down time" with my baby will be limited. All the surprises will happen on the work bench, not the driveway. Thoughts???

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Maybe I should have asked how to make my perfectly functioning dash lights look cool. Just kidding!

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Old 04-07-2013, 09:15 AM   #3
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Hear me out. I've seen dirt cheap prices on T cases, D 44's etc. from Craig's list and salvage yards around me. My question to you guys is this.... Is it a cost effective approach to buy these parts, rebuild them on a bench while I happily cruise in my TJ, then swap out and sell my old parts? Seems like a no brainer. My ultimate goal is to bump my 04's D 30 and D 35 to 44's, w/ a regear. I know I'm going sac some money upfront, but I'll recoup on the back end, and my "down time" with my baby will be limited. All the surprises will happen on the work bench, not the driveway. Thoughts???
This is a cost effective approach if you are able to do all of the mechanical and fabrication work yourself. Are you sourcing the D44s from another TJ or will you be required to modify the axles to fit?
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This is a cost effective approach if you are able to do all of the mechanical and fabrication work yourself. Are you sourcing the D44s from another TJ or will you be required to modify the axles to fit?
Thanks for the reply! I'm looking at TJ swap ins, but I'm not afraid to modify. Im a commercial/ industrial electrician, and I'm pretty mechanically sound. By trade, I also have a lot of great welders and fabricators that I work with, so some modifications aren't out of the question. Any thoughts on better alternatives to D 44's?
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