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phoolish 08-02-2010 08:41 PM

replacing rear axle shaft
i broke my rear axle shaft. i have rear locker and 456 gears i was wondering what i should do to upgrade it without breaking the bank so i wont do this again.

Jerry Bransford 08-02-2010 09:08 PM

What rear axle do you have, a Dana 35c or Dana 44? That an axleshaft broke makes it likely you have the Dana 35c axle.

Ken Steele 08-02-2010 10:33 PM

What size tires are you running and what kind of wheeling do you do? If you already have a Dana 44 you should be fine by upgrading to chromoly shafts. If you have a D35 and you do any real wheeling then an upgrade is probably in order. Your cheapest option is probably an 8.8 or a bolt in 44 from another TJ or LJ if you can find one at a decent price. If you're going bigger than 35" tires then you probably want to look into a 14 bolt or dana 60.

phoolish 08-03-2010 05:39 AM

I have 33" tires and Dana 35 rear

phoolish 08-03-2010 07:31 AM

This is my daily driver. I play in the mud and everything with but I don't do anything to crazy

4Jeepn 08-03-2010 07:42 AM

The only way not to bust the bank would be to run an upgraded stock shaft. However, with lower gears and a locker it might bust at some point as well. How much can you afford to spend would be a good start.

phoolish 08-03-2010 08:59 AM

That what I was think about doing for nowand just save up and replace it axle later but I wasn't sure if it was worth it

4Jeepn 08-03-2010 09:04 AM

The best axle upgrade for the dana 35 is the superior kit which gives you 30 spline shafts, and a locker. Run just under 1k as I recall plus install OR you could look into swaping in a TJ dana 44, or a ford 8.8 from places such as Drivetrain Specialists East Coast Gear Supply

phoolish 08-03-2010 09:32 AM

Both of those are out of my price range at this time but thanks

lancetkenyon 08-03-2010 11:31 AM

Buy an alloy 27 spline shaft for now and carry spares, and then save for a new rear axle.

phoolish 08-03-2010 04:11 PM

That's what the plan was so far but I was just checking out so possiblies

phoolish 08-10-2010 05:41 PM

Do I have to put more than just gear lube when I put the axle shaft back in because of the locker or should just gear lube be good

Jerry Bransford 08-10-2010 05:47 PM

Just a little gear lube on the splines is plenty, pour a little gear lube into the bearings at the outboard end of the axle shafts too.

phoolish 08-11-2010 04:57 PM

At the part store they said I might need some limit speed lube stuff for my locker but the weren't 100% sure

Jerry Bransford 08-11-2010 05:12 PM


Originally Posted by phoolish (Post 720770)
At the part store they said I might need some limit speed lube stuff for my locker but the weren't 100% sure

No, not at all. Not many parts store guys have any personal experience with much of anything beyond changing their spark plugs, if that, and air fresheners. I asked my local Autozone guys for a pinion nut and out of the entire crew working there, none even knew what a pinion nut or pinion shaft was :)

phoolish 08-12-2010 07:40 AM

Ok thanks

Gate53 08-12-2010 07:58 AM

The junkyards around here almost give away stock shafts for the d35 so I just carry a spare and swap it out if I break something.

phoolish 08-13-2010 06:27 AM

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I got an alxe shaft from quadratec and it has an abs ring on it and they say u can take it off. I tryed but it didn't want to come off and I didn't want to damage it so that I wouldn't be able to return it. What's the best way to get this ring off my axle shaft

Jerry Bransford 08-13-2010 10:22 AM

You can leave the ABS tone ring in place, there's no need to remove it. :)

phoolish 08-13-2010 10:43 AM

Well I called them and the said to heat it up and it should pop right off

Jerry Bransford 08-13-2010 10:54 AM


Originally Posted by phoolish (Post 723137)
Well I called them and the said to heat it up and it should pop right off

I dunno why you're so worried about getting that tone ring off, it doesn't need to come off at all for a non-ABS equipped vehicle. It can remain in place without any issues whatsoever.

phoolish 08-13-2010 12:42 PM

Ok thanks I just didn't want to mess anything up

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