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09-06-2011 07:17 AM
Mikekaz1 Ohh ok. Thanks guys!
09-06-2011 04:23 AM
Blackbull Yea you will also need to get wheel spacers and you have to regear it to match the front.
09-05-2011 10:18 PM
daddyjeep The 8.8 is about an inch narrower from my understanding. Also, they are set up for leaf springs. If they are going under a TJ you will have to get all of the brackets for the coils and links and wled them on.
09-05-2011 05:40 PM
Mikekaz1 Just curious. Are the 8.8's direct fits or do you have to shorten them?
09-05-2011 04:55 PM
sickboy433 Wow this has been very informative, thank you rubicondon and daddyjeep I'm gonna look into the axles first, this of course is a long slow build lol

Oh yeah Hey with the axles I have what would be the MAX tire size I would want to run?
09-05-2011 04:11 PM
daddyjeep The whole thing. The 8.8 axle is found in Ford Explorers.
09-05-2011 03:55 PM
sickboy433 Now when you guys talk of moving up axles, are you talking the whole thing or the inner workings ie rods and so forth?
09-05-2011 02:12 PM
daddyjeep for mild trails like you said that you wheel, your front axle should be fine. I would definately consider a stronger rear axle with the 35's. A Ford 8.8 is a very common swap and should be done before you spend money for gears on the D35 that you have now.
09-05-2011 06:55 AM
Rubicondon53 You'll also want to dump your axles ,, at the very least, up to 44s front and rear. Lots of guys use ford 8.8s or even Dana 60s.. I do know you'll be twisting axles like toothpicks, with those big 35" tires on your stock axles.. Like I said, a lot of money for an inch or two..
09-04-2011 06:03 PM
Rubicondon53 I run 33s real 33s 255/85/16s .. With 1.75 spring lift and 1" body lift.. OME 2" lift in my future... I just can't justify all the extra money to run 35" tires. That's only an extra inch of clearance over the 35s for thousands more dollars? Check out my vid with my 33s and my buds YJ with 35s. I got hung up once,= driver error ,,,, YouTube rubicondon04. Rausch Creek Happy wheelin !!
09-04-2011 05:53 PM
sickboy433 Well I pretty much just drive trails w/ the family, just easy to intermediate and some "black diamond" trails if you want to call it that but nothing major. Later on I would like to slowly build it up to do harder stuff with some of the Jeep gatherings and family runs with confidence.
Hey btw thank you very much!

This is what I'm trying to accomplish ...
09-04-2011 05:22 PM
Rubicondon53 That's about it, unless you plan on lots of rock crawling and you've got deep pockets, then you'd want to look at some atlas transfer cases, for some real low low for crawling,,
Just off the top of my head with 35s I'd. begin by looking at 5:13s or so ,,, 4:88s may be too tall...
09-04-2011 05:14 PM
sickboy433 Now is getting low gears the end of the story? Or will I need to change something else down the road?
09-04-2011 04:55 PM
Redsand Low gears
09-04-2011 04:50 PM
sickboy433
what would be my next step?

Ok, I have a 06 TJ 4 cyl. 6 speed with a 2.5 lift and 31's
I like the idea of my lift with 34's or 35's with the metalcloak fenders. To do that what do I do to achieve this without losing power or straining the engine or tranny? A grocery list will give me a good start and help me plan! Thanks!

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