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Old 10-24-2010, 10:47 PM
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I know it sucks. I know it shouldnt have 33s. I know it shouldnt be locked. I know both would be terrible. I am currently running 31s without a problem. I want to jump to 33x10.5 will that extra inch kill me. I can see how the 12.5 will have all the extra weight and mass but will the pizza cutters be ok. Or will a locked 35 with 31s be a disaster? I will go to an 8.8 with 4.88s and 35+ but not in the funds just yet

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yes locked on 31's can bust too, have seen it happen.

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I've done it twice with 31's and an open D35.
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Yeah i figured it could bust it but i didnt know if it was any riskier than being open on 33s
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I know it sucks. I know it shouldnt have 33s. I know it shouldnt be locked. I know both would be terrible. I am currently running 31s without a problem. I want to jump to 33x10.5 will that extra inch kill me. I can see how the 12.5 will have all the extra weight and mass but will the pizza cutters be ok. Or will a locked 35 with 31s be a disaster? I will go to an 8.8 with 4.88s and 35+ but not in the funds just yet
Dude, It will be fine as long as you stay off the rocks. The D35 isn't as bad as people say it is, I've got 33's and have been beating on mine for 4yrs, no major damage (knock on wood) and I'm not the only one. It seems they just can't handle the shock loads put on them with hardcore rock crawling or excessive skinny peddle in high stress (off camber,stuck) situations, it's the carrier that is weak. Remember many a D35 has done the Rubicon and all the other famous trails, you just have to realize your equipment limitations and not exceed them.
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Just buy and rebuild a couple of axle shafts and go for it. They are the weak link and less than an hour to swap out.
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They are the weak link and less than an hour to swap out.
True story.
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What about the upgrade to 27 spline chromoly shafts theyre only a couple hundred dollars... I want the 8.8 but im not ready for that yet and i just want alittle bigger than a 31 im locked in the front and so i wouldnt have a problem with an open rear to get the 33s . And i do like rocks though thats about all i ecer want to do
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I run 33's on a dana 35, but definately not locked.
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Why not consider a Super 35? It defaults with a Detroit locker.

I run 33" tires but my d35's OEM shafts were exchanged for alloys. My d35 also has a TrueTrac installed.

I haven't had any issues so far .
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Why not consider a Super 35? It defaults with a Detroit locker.

I run 33" tires but my d35's OEM shafts were exchanged for alloys. My d35 also has a TrueTrac installed.

I haven't had any issues so far .
27 or 30 splined... I have considered it but for roughly the same price i can have an 8.8 i just dont have tge money yet
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I have the SA 30 spline Super 35 kit w/ DL and running 33's. Same price and a lot less work as converting to a 8.8 or D44.
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Yes same price but its as strong as it gets... With an 8.8 its already stronger then i can ungrade the shafts to make it even stronger and never have to worry about it... Im just talking about short term and for the life of a set of tires
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What size tire are you planning on running? The Super 35 will handle 35's. if you plan on going bigger then yes by all means a 8.8 is a good choice. Another thing you must think of is regearing.
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not to put the ford rear down,but isnt the 8.8 a c-clip axle?
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has anyone tried or have thoughts on the superior 35 axle truss? here is the link i would like to buy this to, seem really inexpensive
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Im not trying to promote or dismiss the 35 i was jst asking which was worse... 33s or locked 31s? Im deciding what i shoukd do for my next tires instead of rushing to the 35+ range
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I don't think either is a good idea unless you upgrade your axel.
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I've only had my Jeep for a year, lifted it and bolted on 33's. I beat the crap out of it this summer, Rocks, mud, muddy rocks and never had any problems (Knock on wood). Oh ya, we crawled over a bunch of trees too.
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I've only had my Jeep for a year, lifted it and bolted on 33's. I beat the crap out of it this summer, Rocks, mud, muddy rocks and never had any problems (Knock on wood). Oh ya, we crawled over a bunch of trees too.
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27 or 30 splined... I have considered it but for roughly the same price i can have an 8.8 i just dont have tge money yet
The Super 35 is only available with a 30 splined shaft. I however, am running upgraded 27 splined alloy shafts which are supposed to be 30% stronger than the OEM shafts.
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not to put the ford rear down,but isnt the 8.8 a c-clip axle?
yes, a c-clip with 31 spline shafts, and disc brakes.. 95 or newer ford explorer.
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we have run 33x13.50's on several detroit locked 35 rears with no problems. The problems start when you try to go where 33's won't take you and you have to get rude with it.
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Does anyone have a good write up for building an 8.8 and putting it on the TJ. I want to do this but not really sure where to start.
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no but I have an 8.8 forsale lol
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Im not trying to promote or dismiss the 35 i was jst asking which was worse... 33s or locked 31s? Im deciding what i shoukd do for my next tires instead of rushing to the 35+ range


All I can tell you is I wouldn't spend 90$ to replace my busted spider gears in the tru track much less a couple hundered on the shafts. Don't sink a penny in it if you don't have to.
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Even with a super 35 kit/ truss/ locker you still have a major week point in the ring and pinion. And they will fail if you have built everything else stronger to not fail.

Find an 8.8 for $400+ or keep the 35 stock until you can. 33's open will get you by on trails and its all according to how hard you wheel anyway.
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How much?
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275.00, its out of a 2000 model and is 4.10 geared....complete
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What about the upgrade to 27 spline chromoly shafts theyre only a couple hundred dollars... I want the 8.8 but im not ready for that yet and i just want alittle bigger than a 31 im locked in the front and so i wouldnt have a problem with an open rear to get the 33s . And i do like rocks though thats about all i ever want to do
With this statement, save your money and leave the D35 stock until you can build a D44 or 8.8. Wheel the 33s until it grenades or you can install the new axle.
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I've only had my Jeep for a year, lifted it and bolted on 33's. I beat the crap out of it this summer, Rocks, mud, muddy rocks and never had any problems (Knock on wood). Oh ya, we crawled over a bunch of trees too.

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No, no locker...thinking about tru-tracks though.

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