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Old 02-27-2012, 02:08 PM
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Hey everyone, Just got my first Jeep. She is a 88 YJ with a 4.2 5 speed. It has a 3.5" lift im guessing. 32" tires. I just went wheeling this last weekend on a couple trails here in So Cal called Dishpan Springs and Jon Bull Trail. And quickly relized i need LOCKERS. But have lots of questions.
keep in mind money doesnt grow on trees for me.

1. What lockers wont break the bank and will last? I was thinking about Detroits. And throwing 4:88 in it.

2. Should i waist my money with the D30 and the D35 and throw an 8.8 under it. and possibly beef up the D30. I want to run 35's i think.

3. Is an SOA Conversion the best way to the the most travel and articulation out of the YJ's? I dont want it to sit to tall but have enough clearance and not scrap on every damn rock i drop off of.

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I can't help you with the lockers but the 8.8 is probably the best way to go. And SOA is probably the best IMHO. I wish I had the $$$ to go SOA right now. Good luck and welcome to the forum

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The front will hold up for awhile for you but do away with the vacuum system and put a TJ shaft on the passenger side. A loc-rite for the front actually is cheap and holds up pretty well.

Definately go 8.8 in the back and Detroit isn't cheap but will take alot of abuse.

SOA will give you the best flex and ride.
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Thanks For the responses. Im trying to do as much research as i can about what will work best for the price. I dont want to wish i did it differently later and have it be to late. Are their other lockers out their that are just as good as detroits that might be a little cheaper?
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My friend thought he found one, he had to buy a detroit about 6 mos later.

Find 8.8 out of explorer with a D2 axle code. That will be 4:10 gears with limited slip.
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Thanks Just picked up an 8.8 with 3:73 and a limited slip out of a explorer. $300. Im going to probably tear it apart and just start slowly buying parts here and their for it. How do i go about getting rid of the vacuum system on the D30? And is that the only weak points on those is the passenger side axel Shaft?
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My friend thought he found one, he had to buy a detroit about 6 mos later.

Find 8.8 out of explorer with a D2 axle code. That will be 4:10 gears with limited slip.
Where do you find the axle code? That is the exact axle I want but don't know what to look for. Thanks
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Have a Friend in the salvage yard business in southern california and he found me one out of an explorer he had sitting their. That would probably be your best bet. I plan on going through everything in it anyways so i don't really care how many miles it has or anything.

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