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Old 12-05-2013, 01:14 PM   #1
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TJ Rear Help

So I have been cursed by the problems caused by the weak Dana 35 rear that is in my 2000 lifted Sahara. Since owning it for around 2 years I am on my third professionally rebuilt rear and after getting it inspected recently my rear was brought up yet again. I have decided that I am getting rid of this horrible rear and upgrading to either a ford 8.8 a d44 or d60. What are the general pros and cons, price is kind of an issue seeing how I don't want to drop 2-3grand for a new rear. I am looking for one that will directly bolt in. I was leaning towards the 8.8 but I have to weld and don't know what else I need to do since I have a 4" suspension a sye and extended drive shaft. Any help is appreciated. Also where is the best place to purchase a rear in Philly suburbs area I can't seem to have luck at u-pull-its

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Old 12-07-2013, 10:17 AM   #2
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The 8.8 is a great swap if ya look hard. I lucked up n found one in a wrecked tj. It already had the brackets and 4.56 gears for $500. The guy selling it has had a jeep shop all his life n thought it was a factory dana 44. My buddy who found it turned it down cause he wanted a oe rear. He found a dana44 out of a tj for $600 from a guy who was parting it out. You can find good deals if your patient and look close. Craigslist is good, forums n sometimes junkyards. If you don't find one already set up figure in brackets, gears to match front, and driveline if its different. I just swapped wagoneer dana 44 front in n it took a long time. I made all my own brackets n did the welding n everything. I saved a good bit of money but if ever again ill buy a kit or truss. Not sure where your at but the atlanta craigslist usually has a lot of jeep rears already set up. Either way good luck n plan ahead. If your going big take your time n do it right once. It's taken me 12 years and 4 jeeps to figure that out.
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