There is a million threads on this probably, I have an 04 Wrangler X and drive it on the road and take it out on the trails on the weekends. I have a bumpers and a winch on it, 4 inch lift with quick disconnects, 33 inch cooper stt tires. What else can I do to my jeep to make it a better offroad machine. I thought about lockers before and I am not sure which ones would be good to go with because I do drive it on the road. Also What have you guys done to make your jeep look cool? Any unique mods?
After I got to the point you are at, I installed 4.56's and TrueTracs. Amazing difference in the Jeep offroad. I've witnessed the difference compared to another Jeep I wheel with.
__________________ 2003 Wrangler X, 5 speed
4.25" Zone Offroad Combo Lift with Disconnects
JKS Adjustable Track Bar
33" Federal MTs & 15x8 Ion Wheels
4.56 Gears with TrueTracs in front & rear
B&M Sport Shifter
A rear locker will make a huge difference. Probably the best addition to your jeep performance wise at this point. You can't go wrong with ARB air lockers. They function like an open differential when turned off, so they are great on road. When you turn them on, they will engage using a small air compressor and completely lock both wheels together. Only one wheel has traction? No problem, the locker will allow the wheel with traction to receive power and drive forward. What rear axle do you have? Dana 44 or Dana 35?
In the rear I got a Dana 35. That's my only down fall. From what I have read they aren't the strongest axels. But that locker sounds perfect for what I need. Also I was looking into getting different gears as well. I just don't wanna throw a locker in the rear and blow out my rear end ya know? Maybe I should look into getting a 44 first. Thanks guys
I put an 8.8 with limited slip in mine to beat out the open D35. I plan on locking the front in the near future. I went with limited slip as it is my DD, and because I did not have the extra coin for the air lockers.
Replace your rear end before you lock it. I do not recommend spending any money on the D35.
As already stated, I wouldn't install a locker in a stock D35. However, I have been running a Detroit Truetrac mechanical limited slip differential and 4.56 gears for several years in my D35. I've had no issues at all and I don't baby it. Makes an impressive difference off-road and invisible daily driving.
Probably my favorite mod has been the tummy tuck I installed this spring. For that you need a new skid, SYE, double cardan drive shaft, and adjustable rear control arms at minimum. Depending on the skid that is chosen it may also require a body lift and/or low profile trans mount.
I love not looking at or getting hung-up on that factory shovel.
You could go with a super 35 kit that will upgrade the shafts to 30 spline and give you a locker on your Dana 35. This is a great option of you have trouble finding a Dana 44. With the super kit you can safely run a 35" tire locked with no worries.