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05-12-2013 12:28 AM
nicodemus Here is a snap of me taking a break on the trail! (Well, off the side of the trail technically but you know what I mean).

For anyone interested this was at Turkey Bay OHV, at LBL in Kentucky So very fun!
05-11-2013 05:58 PM
nicodemus Well my first time was amazing. And in pretty sure I didn't break anything

Thanks again!
05-04-2013 11:17 AM
nicodemus Thanks for all the awesome replies. Hoping to get out and give it a shot next weekend!

I appreciate the confidence boost!
05-02-2013 11:41 PM
Originally Posted by nugget13 View Post
Be one with your Jeep
This is wise advice young grasshopper
05-02-2013 11:23 PM
nugget13 Mine has endured some serious beating. Nerd coming out, but the stress those axles are far beyond what you think will break it. Once you know you need help, stop, that's the breaking point.

Be one with your Jeep
05-02-2013 10:18 PM
rrock Also a lot of the trails we ride on today were found by guys driving CJ's with model 20 2 piece rear axles. Drive smart.
05-02-2013 06:52 PM
Originally Posted by Vroooom View Post
technique is VASTLY more important than equipment.

You can do plenty with D35.

44 is overkill for a massive majority of uses but some really REALLY dog their rides and need it...others just want it for bragging rights at the urinal.

Dont let the hype fool you, a plain-jane, fresh off the showroom, bargain basement, el cheapo deluxe wrangler will still do most of what most folks wanna do.

Go have fun.
05-02-2013 06:07 PM
Vroooom technique is VASTLY more important than equipment.

You can do plenty with D35.

44 is overkill for a massive majority of uses but some really REALLY dog their rides and need it...others just want it for bragging rights at the urinal.

Dont let the hype fool you, a plain-jane, fresh off the showroom, bargain basement, el cheapo deluxe wrangler will still do most of what most folks wanna do.

Go have fun.
05-02-2013 05:54 PM
cchartrand I understand your pain! Reading on this forum, you'd think the D35 is made of balsa wood! For serious wheeling it's terrible, but for light to moderate offroad use, it's fine. The fact that you understand the D35 is weak should help you make sensible decisions on the trail. Just don't go crazy w/ the right foot! Enjoy your Jeep and happy wheeling!
05-02-2013 04:23 PM
Turbostixxx I run a 35/30 combo. I run 31s on my Jeep. No issues yet!
05-02-2013 03:44 PM
Originally Posted by nicodemus View Post
Thoughts anyone?
there are reports of people breaking their D35c's pulling out of their paved driveways.

See here:

on the flip side, some people can break a steel ball in a padded room...and other people can fall off a tight rope stretched over the grand canyon and not break a thing.
05-02-2013 03:34 PM
Lowrollin12 You got a Jeep not a Porsche, Get that thing off the road!
05-02-2013 12:51 PM
Water Dog
Originally Posted by mudmagnet63 View Post
Nic quit worrying and go enjoy the jeep. Mine has the 35 in it and until 3 months ago it was all stock. with 145K miles. Can you tear it up? Of course. With larger tires and lifts the components endure more stress and can break. Bottom line is the 35 is ok for moderate use just don't expect it to cross the Rubicon.

Did all 17 miles of the Rubicon last August with 33's on a D35/30 and didn't have any issues. You just have to use finesse. Use the foreward momentum of the Jeep when it's rockin', don't use more throttle than you need, and drive it like a tractor. The guy that was with me broke an axle when he tried to hi-ball it up a rock, but that was his mistake....Just gave us an extra day in that beautiful country.

Best advice....Have fun, take it easy, and don't wheel alone.
05-02-2013 12:33 PM
Originally Posted by Helmsy View Post
Don't be crazy and spin the rear tires and get into tire hop situations and you'll be fine. Just drive smart!
I agree. i blew my rear axel because my tires got pinned. with my 304 V8 i floored it to free them and it broke. dont crazy spin the tires and may i suggest AAA saved my butt!
04-28-2013 05:37 PM
JeepandMud Take it easy. I have 33's on stock axles but will upgrade when I get the money. Yes I'm playing with fire every time I go out, but I also don't do anything crazy. Sure I push my Jeep but at the same time cautious.
04-28-2013 05:12 PM
doclouie Remember do not wheel hop, although I have quite a bit, and just take it easy on the skinny pedal. The 35 does have its short comings and is not a dand 44, but it is a pretty good axle for most people. Here is a picture from Moab last year and yes I beat on my dana 35 all the time. I recently upgraded to a Dana 44, but when I ran all those trails in Moab I kept spare 35 shafts with me.
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04-28-2013 11:48 AM
nicodemus Haha. Tanks I feel MUCH better
04-28-2013 11:45 AM
TJDave Don't lock it, don't hop it. You'll be fine..............................Hopefully.
04-28-2013 11:42 AM
nicodemus Thanks for the overwhelming support...

I've since been watching videos of successful wheeling sessions and I think I can... I think I can... I think I can... Lol.

Ill report back if I ever break anything
04-28-2013 11:06 AM
Moebius Axles do break.
I've never seen anyone left stranded on the trail for a broken axle.
You might find yourself on a tug strap or with a wrench in your hand and it might cost you a few bucks to fix but it's not the end of the world.
Don't wheel alone and try to use your head more than the skinny pedal and you should be fine. I agree with the above, you need to get out and enjoy your Jeep.
04-28-2013 10:39 AM
Originally Posted by Jwood621 View Post
Man, you're reading too many horror stories. You need to get out and enjoy your jeep!

If you bought a Ferrari would you drive it FAST???

You bought a go take it off-road where it belongs.
04-28-2013 10:33 AM
Philmycrackin I have stock d30 and d35 no lockers on my 97 with 33x12.5 with steel wheels. My jeep has not provided me with the opportunity to upgrade yet( knocking on wood). Took it out yesterday with no probs. like a few said above drive smart avoid wheel hop. Few parts of the trail got tough and made it through. On a side note,had to pull 2 rubicons out that got stuck on the same part of the trail.
04-28-2013 10:32 AM
jeepwayoflife My jeep has had 33's on a Dana 35 for 10 or so years now and not one problem. I have bounced it while climbing rocks and can do clutch dumps at 4,500 rpm with no problems (I was testing the Dana 35). I bought a Dana 44 that I'm fixing up and will swap in soon, but as long as you are easy and don't install a locker, you really should be fine. If you are worried you can buy this product I have seen in a quadratec magazine that is this little bar with rollers on it. If you break a C-clip axle, you put this roller bar on the tire and strap it to your jeep so you can still drive slowly without the broken shaft walking out. Good insurance.
04-28-2013 10:16 AM
SteelBlue44 You should be fine with 31s. Ive been wheeling my D35 w/4.56 with 33s for about 2 years now I haven't had any problems on or off the trail at all. Although i do tend to take it easy while wheeling knowing i have the turdy five in the rear. Just take it easy on the trail and know your limits, dont spin the tires too much, if your stuck just get winched out.
I wouldn't go over 33" tires on the D35 though. I have my Ford 8.8 build underway, so i should be good to run 35s once i complete the build!
04-28-2013 10:10 AM
IslandTJ I've been wheeling my D35 since 1997 when I bought the Jeep brand new out of the dealership. No issues.
04-28-2013 09:52 AM
03 sahara jeeper Take it off road. It is better if you go with some one. I don't like to go alone. That way if something happens there is some one to help. I Ave been wheeling for 10 years and have never broken anything. Just know your Limits. Enjoy your jeep.
04-28-2013 07:59 AM
jp2611 What you see on Utube is extreme...and that is why it is on there...for the OH SHI$$$ is kinda like the Jeep camaro drag race or the 350z and Jeep drag, or the guy who's YJ is on its side and "drives out of it" but the $50K+ built off - road machine couldn't "take the same line"....

Bottom line utube is for laughs and using your imagination...use some common sense and you will be fine...another wouldn't hit a concrete wall repeatedly and expect your stock bumper to hold up...but I have seen some after market ones that will.....Good Luck!!
04-28-2013 07:33 AM
Jwood621 Man, you're reading too many horror stories. You need to get out and enjoy your jeep!
04-28-2013 06:49 AM
Originally Posted by flameredTJ View Post
I have a D30 &d35 and i go off road. I figure if the d35 goes then ill look for a 44. I take my time and so far so good.

Except I am going 8.8 ford instead of dana44
04-28-2013 06:33 AM
cmoens I was wheeling 33s and D35/D30 setup. I didn't have any problems, but I was easy on the go peddle.
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