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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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