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Old 05-08-2013, 09:38 AM   #1
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What gears for 05 tj

2005 4.0 auto overdrive 6 long arm lift with sye and tom woods drive shaft running 35 1250 leaning towards 4.88's it's a wrangler x Dana 35 and 30

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Old 05-08-2013, 09:55 AM   #2
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35s on a d35?
I'd spend my money on a new axle instead of regearing right now.

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Old 05-08-2013, 09:55 AM   #3
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First, I wouldn't run 35" tires with a stock Dana 35 axle in the rear. That axle just isn't strong enough for 35" tires, at least not if it is stock.

That said, as one running 35" tires with the same engine & transmission you have, 4.88 isn't even enough gear... I wish I could afford to trade my 4.88 gearing for 5.38. The engine lugs too often with even 4.88.

But with your D35 and D30 axles, 4.88 is as low as they can be geared so definitely go to 4.88. Don't even think about 4.56. Or better yet. regear to 4.88 & run 33" tires which is ideal for that ratio & your Dana 35 rear axle will thank you.
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:56 PM   #4
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Im not against the rear axle swap at all, With that being said ive been looking at bolt in dana 44 axels from g2 and a few others. I can order it with what ever gear but that leaves the front 30 stuck with 488's. Around 2500 for the rear is a costly upgrade but well worth the investment. Doing front and rear at the same time is a major chunk of change. I was hoping someone who had used 4.88's liked the combo and I would do the rear this year and the front next. Jerry thanks for the info and Im not doubting you but was surprised that 488's wasn't enough gear. My jeep has 3.73's now and over drive is useless at best, jeep seems fine with it off around town.

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