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caseyjoe 01-19-2012 04:02 PM

Axle swap question?
 
I have a 2000 wrangler 4.0 6in lift on 35s. My question is about donor axles. My good friend owns a salvage yard/junk car buying outfit. What axles would you recommend him to keep an eye out for? I am a moderate trail guy that deals with the snow every winter. I don't need the best axle in the world; however i don't want to be a poser and do want a capable drive train if its called on. Ill only be paying for the weight of the axles, not the price for what one would typically run. I'm looking for a strong, yet easy as possible mix. I'm a capable fabricator with tools. I just need an experienced guy to point me in the right direction. Oh! disk breaks are a must. Get over it if this topic has been warn thin, i couldn't find the info i was looking for in my five min attention span. :Thanx:

Savage1979 01-19-2012 04:13 PM

Ford 8.8 or Dana44

sbaird 01-19-2012 04:24 PM

8.8 or d44

nastyrider17 01-19-2012 04:24 PM

8.8 rear and d44 front

jdeemer 01-19-2012 04:27 PM

I'm looking for the same. Did research and I think I'm going with the 8.8.

caseyjoe 01-19-2012 04:42 PM

Thanx I should have posted off "what donor" Like make and year of donor sorry.

sbaird 01-19-2012 04:45 PM

8.8 out of an explorer or mountainer. There is a sticky about the 8.8 swap at the top of the tj page check it out its got all the info you need :thumb:

XJ Knight 01-19-2012 04:51 PM

I presume since your asking this question you have the TurD35?

caseyjoe 01-19-2012 04:57 PM

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Originally Posted by sbaird (Post 1938482)
8.8 out of an explorer or mountainer. There is a sticky about the 8.8 swap at the top of the tj page check it out its got all the info you need :thumb:

thanks man! ok forgive my ignorance, the 8.8 is the rear only right?:hide: if so what about the front? also do you happen to know what year? The reason i ask is because my guy will tell me if he gets a make and model, but hes not going to go looking under it for me. he will just say "ive got that car/suv/truck, come take a look".

caseyjoe 01-19-2012 05:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by XJ Knight (Post 1938503)
I presume since your asking this question you have the TurD35?

yuper

XJ Knight 01-19-2012 05:02 PM

You have a Low Pinion Dana 30 Front.. It' is fine up to 35's and if you don't do any hard rock crawling it's good locked with 35's as well..

jdeemer 01-19-2012 05:10 PM

If you read that post on the TJ forum, I believe a 97 or newer Ford Explorer is the best option. With luck you can get one with the posi already in it and I also found you can tighten the clutches in that posi to give you more of a solid locker and it should hold perfect with 35's

caseyjoe 01-19-2012 05:45 PM

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Originally Posted by XJ Knight (Post 1938527)
You have a Low Pinion Dana 30 Front.. It' is fine up to 35's and if you don't do any hard rock crawling it's good locked with 35's as well..

That's what I wanted to hear! Tank ya:)

caseyjoe 01-19-2012 05:46 PM

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Originally Posted by jdeemer (Post 1938548)
If you read that post on the TJ forum, I believe a 97 or newer Ford Explorer is the best option. With luck you can get one with the posi already in it and I also found you can tighten the clutches in that posi to give you more of a solid locker and it should hold perfect with 35:thumb:'s

Hey thank you for the info! I'll get to lookin

sbaird 01-19-2012 07:18 PM

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Originally Posted by caseyjoe (Post 1938518)
thanks man! ok forgive my ignorance, the 8.8 is the rear only right?:hide: if so what about the front? also do you happen to know what year? The reason i ask is because my guy will tell me if he gets a make and model, but hes not going to go looking under it for me. he will just say "ive got that car/suv/truck, come take a look".

Your d30 should be ok... You could upgrade to a high pinion d30 out of a Cherokee its a direct bolt on except for the gears.

somis 01-19-2012 07:36 PM

I have a d35 with the upgraded 30 spline axle shafts ARB locker and 4.56 gearing. It is a four banger. but why does everyone think its such a terrible axle? I have put a serious beating on mine and no troubles yet.

caseyjoe 01-19-2012 08:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sbaird (Post 1938849)
Your d30 should be ok... You could upgrade to a high pinion d30 out of a Cherokee its a direct bolt on except for the gears.

sounds like im looking for an 8.8 out of a 97+exploder and a high output from a Cherokee. Do you know the year for the Cherokee?

sbaird 01-19-2012 08:07 PM

99 or older cheokees had the HP d30s.

caseyjoe 01-19-2012 08:20 PM

[QUOTE=somis;1938933]I have a d35 with the upgraded 30 spline axle shafts ARB locker and 4.56 gearing. It is a four banger. but why does everyone think its such a terrible axle? I dont have much jeep thrashing under my belt yet but i know how to break a d44 in a truck with ease. In four low bouncing around slipping with sudden traction will find a weakness. The 4.0 has plenty of nutz to break a 35, its just a matter of not reaching that limmit that keeps it in one piece. I could drive forever with this 35 but i want the confidence of a stronger axle and pig and i want to push it more;) True enough "i have not broke it" but i can get a stronger axle installed for basically nothing. So its a no brainier for me. When and if it breaks, i want to think "how the heck did i do that?" not "why the hell didn't i do that" :facepalm: Idono to each their own man, and if ur happy who gives a rip what others say.

caseyjoe 01-19-2012 08:22 PM

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Originally Posted by sbaird (Post 1939072)
99 or older cheokees had the HP d30s.

Well lady's and gentlemen ive now got a parts list. Thank you for the input all! this place is great!:punk:


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