Hi all, new member here, been lurking for a while decided it was time to stop looking in from the outside. I am looking forward to sharing in your knowledge and hopefully will contribute something myself. My background, I live in central TX and do most of my wheeling during hunting season in this area and west TX. My current vehicle is a 4 cyl TJ mostly stock with 30 inch tires, have been able to get almost everywhere I needed and back where I came from with this setup. Now the TJ is going to be my son’s daily driver and I am in need of a new hunting rig/fun weekend ride.
On to my YJ content…I have an 89 YJ that I inherited from a buddy’s deceased uncle. It is pretty beat up and needs some TLC before I can get it going. My plans are to replace the blown 4.2 with a 4.0 from another buddies wrecked Cherokee. I am going to continue running the AX15 and NP231 but I am at a loss when it comes to axles. The axles on the jeep now have 3.07 gear ratio. I realize that the Dana 35 and 30 are not as strong as other options and will have limitations as to how much power I can put into them and the size of the tires I can use. My plans are to run a similar set up as I have on my TJ with 30 or 31 inch tires. My questions how will the jeep with 3.07 gear ratio perform around town? I know off road it may be a bit of a dog if I have to start and stop on a hill but I think I can work around that. And I know it will be quite a bit different than my TJ with the 4.11 gears, but will it be that significant of a power drain?
Now I have another buddy who is sitting on a c-clip Dana 35 with the 4.11 gears, he is willing to let me have it for almost nothing if I use it on this jeep, but I don’t have a front axle to match gear ratios. Around here a front end seems pretty pricey at about $500 so that is another investment I will have to make if I switch the rear dana 35 out. Or I can get the Dana 30 regarded but that seems to be even more expensive so it is not a good option in my mind. So my question, if I use the Dana 35 with 4.11 from my friend, can I drive that around with my current 3.07 front end (in 2wd) till I can save up to get a Dana 30 with 4.11 gears? I realize it can not be switched into 4wd but I am thinking some slight use around town for a couple months.
Eventually I think I would like to go to a stronger rear end but first priority is to get this thing on and off the road again.
Any thoughts/advise is appreciated.