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87_wrangler 06-08-2013 11:02 AM

Rear end question
So I came up with a 95 wrangler 2.5, 5 speed. Thought that it had a locker in the rear end but after I bought it and got home with it the guy said he had just welded it and it didnt have a locker. So after a few weeks of sliding and chirping tires in ready for a swap on the rear end. I found a rear end out of a 2000 Cherokee. I was wondering if this will fit easily? Or if there is a better option out there.

YJ fanatic 06-08-2013 11:12 AM

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You will have to cut off the spring perches and weld them on under the axle. If its a Dana 35, I would say its not worth it. It'd only be worth it if it was a 8.25" axle.

Otherwise, you could swap in a Ford 8.8 with 4.10 gears. This is what I would do. The axle should cost less than $200, you can get one with disc brakes, and they are a huge improvement in strength. You will still need to cut off the perches and move them, though.

87_wrangler 06-08-2013 01:05 PM

Okay. I'll just see if I can't find one of those. I wasn't really expecting to have to upgrade so soon. But I guess the fun is going to start a little earlier than planned

YJ fanatic 06-09-2013 09:43 AM

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The swap really is worth it. There's really no point to replace a weak axle with another weak axle, when you can upgrade for the same price. Try finding one from a 96-01(I think) Explorer. They have disc brakes, 31 spline shafts, and you can find them in 4.10 with limited slip if you want it.

Wranglin4Life 06-09-2013 10:32 AM

I will be interested in doing this swap eventually too. Where do you find parts like that though?

RednekYJ 06-09-2013 11:16 AM

YJ fanatic 06-09-2013 11:19 AM

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Any junk yard, craigslist, maybe buy a junk explorer, then scrap the rest after you are done. I got lucky, a buddy of mine owns a repair shop/towing company and he had a bunch to choose from. East Coast Gear Supply has a great kit for the 8.8 swap too. Lots of other companies have kits though, if you like them better.

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