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Old 05-05-2013, 10:59 AM   #61
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A D35 is not made of glass like many think.
It's not until it reaches its limit which installing a locker and/or big tires can help it accomplish.

Few running bigger tires and/or lockers on their Dana 35 axles at http://www.billhughes.com/dana35c/ thought their D35 axles were that fragile either.

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Old 05-05-2013, 11:17 AM   #62
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A D35 is not made of glass like many think.
I heard it was mad out of balsa wood and put together with scotch tape.

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It's not until it reaches its limit which installing a locker and/or big tires can help it accomplish.

Few running bigger tires and/or lockers on their Dana 35 axles at http://www.billhughes.com/dana35c/ thought their D35 axles were that fragile either.
I agree with you Jerry but I bet most people who keep a tire to a 33 wont have a issue.I really feel its having some reserve on the skinny pedal that will keep the 35 alive.I did decide on the super 35 kit with my e locker install.I hate the thought of being stranded in the woods 3 hrs from home.4.5 hrs from home last month at Rausch Creek.Good thing I keep a spare tie rod bar with me.Yes I broke my XJ setup,actually only the sleeve.I knew something was wrong when I couldent steer it lol.Sorry to rant.
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I heard it was mad out of balsa wood and put together with scotch tape.
Bubble gum too lol
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Solman was wondering if you are still building ford 8.8 rear ends ?
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I have and run a -35c, I always heard the phrase about 'polishing a turd' and decided I was going to run it just to see if I could make it strong enough to stop being a 'turd'. Doing an 8.8 swap is the most common, and in Denver there is a guy on CL that will sell you, for around $900 an 8.8 that is bolt in ready, but why switch an axle that the main problem is the c-clips (the -35c) for an 8.8 that also has c-clips? I looked at the c-clip eliminator kit for the -35 and it is a very viable option.
C-clips have little to nothing to do with why the dana 35 blows. Its the small shafts period. The 8.8 is a popular swap as its cheap and has bigger shafts, tubes etc.. just beefier.. another option is of course a dana 44 or ford 9".
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Yep the c-clips aren't what make a Dana 35 weak, they have nothing to do with if an axle is strong or weak. The c-clips are positioned inside & behind the splined parts of the carrier so they see little to no stress. When an axle shaft breaks, it breaks outside of the carrier. Its c-clip was not the reason.
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Of course the c-clips have nothing to do with the axle assembly being strong or weak, they have absolutely everything to do with a broken axle walking out of the tube. I guess I should have been pain-stakingly clear and explained that I meant the axle not staying in the tube if it breaks is the main problem as far as being in a remote location on the trail and then having to make it out with a big stick or jack leg strapped to your tire so as to hold it in the tube is the main problem.
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The super 35 kit is a great kit from what I've seen. One guys that I used to wheel with would hammer on his on the rocks, and he couldn't break it. He now runs it in the same TJ with a 318 under the hood. He has yet to break it.

I think a trussed D35 with the super 35 kit would be great. The axle housings are cut from the same stock as a TJ D44 anyways.
If i were to get a S35 kit would i have to have the track bar on the rear? The PO broke the bracket on the axle for the rear track bar, attempted to weld it, broke his terrible welds, and repeat... So i dont have a track bar in the rear. Would this make any difference?

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