So, it's almost that time of the year when I make major changes to the YJ. Summer is coming, and college will be out. With that in mind, my new project will be dealing with my D35c in the rear.
I've got a lot of options, but I have to think about what I really want and how feasible my options are.
What I want:
A locker. Haven't decided between an auto locker or a selectable.
Regearing to 4.56. That is a must. I need to gain my power back.
Let me give you some insight on my Jeep:
2.5L with a TF904 behind it.
33x10.5 (won't be going larger for a loooong time and probably not on this jeep)
SYE is not in the budget
3.73 in the diffs (will go to 4.56)
A little insight on my jeeps uses:
First off, my Jeep is my daily driver. I need it the following monday after a weekend of wheeling. I'm also not the guy on the trail who hammers the gas until I climb and obstacle. I take it slow, and see where my wheels are on the trail. I also try to avoid mud. I feel like mud is just a lot of unnecessary wear and tear. It's fun, just not that fun. I prefer climbing over rocks, and trail riding.
Build a ford 8.8. I can't weld, so this one could be tough. I have friends who can fabricate, but I would love to keep this in my garage.
Buy a built ford 8.8 from Complete Ford 8.8" Rear Axle Assembly Jeep YJ Ready to Bolt In Axle Swap
I kind like this option. It's reasonably priced, and I can do all the work myself. I'm not certain if this axle is totally ready to bolt in or not
. I know the dimensions on the 8.8 width wise are not the same. I'd have to call east coast gear supply and ask.
Do the super 35 upgrade. I like this option as well, and the price isn't to unreasonable. Comes with a locker, which I really like. I also like the thought of keeping things close to stock. I know some might disagree, but there is something to be said for it.
I'm not sure if this is even possible, but I'm wondering if you can go with an 87-89 non c-clip YJ D35, and go with the super 35 kit and wait to buy a locker. I'm not certain if the c-clips were the only change from 1990 and up.
So, I'd love for your opinions. I prefer opinions from people who have dealt with these options first hand, but all opinions are welcome.