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Old 08-08-2014, 08:37 PM   #1
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Will my tire/axle/gear combo be bad offoad?

Hi guys. I have a 97 4.0 5spd that I want to take to Rausch creek off road park in PA but I was wondering if it may be a bad idea to wheel with it, I have a Dana 35 rear end with 3.07s and 32s. The jeep is my DD and if I wasn't on a college budget I'd look into getting a 44 rear with at least 3.73s and either regear or get a front 30 with the same gears. Will this be a problem though or will I be okay?

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Old 08-09-2014, 06:34 AM   #2
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It really depends on how hard you push it. If you just do some trail riding and light stuff it will be ok. Try to rock crawl or bury it in mud and you might have a problem. Just be smart and don't over do it.

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Old 08-09-2014, 10:02 AM   #3
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my 97 sport 5spd has a 4 inch lift and 31's(until i can get the money for new tires) and im able to take it through some pretty steep and muddy trails. just know the limits of your jeep. out of my all my buddies trucks im the only one that hasnt gotten stuck. i did manage to blow up my oil pressure sensor(yes, oil was spraying out the back of it) and had to be towed home.
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my 97 sport 5spd has a 4 inch lift and 31's(until i can get the money for new tires) and im able to take it through some pretty steep and muddy trails. just know the limits of your jeep. out of my all my buddies trucks im the only one that hasnt gotten stuck. i did manage to blow up my oil pressure sensor(yes, oil was spraying out the back of it) and had to be towed home.
do you have 3.07s?
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Also is it normal to smell the clutch burning or is it a concern?
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im not sure what gearing i have. ive had it less than a year and when i got it, it was bone stock. as for clutch burning... it means your weaing your clutch out, kinda like driving with your brakes pressed in. but like the other guy said, dont bury it in mud and id say dont lock the 35 or 30.
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I'm running 33's and 4\56 gears. 35 rear but I'm switching to a 44 soon
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I don't plan on doing any hard trails until I swap out for a Dana 44 and regear to at least 4.10s. I'm going to do my best to not have the clutch half engaged to prevent burning since it is my DD and I'm going back to school 3 days after I go offroading so I really can't have anything break. I really just don't want my jeep to be a pavement princess anymore lol.
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The dana 35 see most breaks.. due to heavy gas.. tires spinning then finding traction.. kinda shocks the system so to speak.. Thus, go easy on the skinny peddle and you should be okay.
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The dana 35 see most breaks.. due to heavy gas.. tires spinning then finding traction.. kinda shocks the system so to speak.. Thus, go easy on the skinny peddle and you should be okay.
i made sure to go with a light 32" tire and have American racing alloys as we'll go keep the weight down. This should help as well right?
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i made sure to go with a light 32" tire and have American racing alloys as we'll go keep the weight down. This should help as well right?
Not much. Better than 35s, of course, but still big for a D35. The D35 is weak, and if you wheel it hard on 32s it will fail. As previous response said, go easy on easy trails and you should be okay. If you repeatedly spin and lock up, you increase risk of your D35 eating itself. I bought a TJ running 33s with a D35 and it munched itself before 40,000 miles with nothing more difficult than beach, snow and dirt roads. (We've since upgraded to the 8.8.) Good luck and have fun!
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I have seen them blow on P215's with enough wheel speed.. so again.. just go easy on the gas..

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