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I have a rear Dana 35 the more I'm reading on it the more i'm thinking I should swap out. I have 33's on it a 4.0L Straight 6. I'm reading about blown spider gears and axles snapping. Should I worry about the 33's on the D35?
What should I get to replace it? 8.8? D60? Is there an axle that can basically just bolt on to replace it without a lot of modding (welding especially)?
 

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I would put zero dollars into a 35. The only bolt it will be a 44 out of a tj or buy an aftermarket one and a Dana 60 is too big for 33s. A ford 8.8 is a good choice but needs welding

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Dana 44 will bolt right in if you can find one. 35 will run on 33s np. Offroad, it's kinda a crap shoot but normally it's when you start going heavy on the skinny pedal, get the tail hoppin and you'll break it.
 

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If you can't find a Dana 44, a super 35 kit is a good option. It will upgrade your Dana 35 axle from 27 spline to 30 spline and give you a locker. The super 35 will allow you to run 35" tires locked no problem.

When upgrading my Dana 35 I chose to restore a Dana 44 and swap it in and later sold the Dana 35.
 

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Do a google search for Dana 35 super 35 kit or something like that. Around $1,000 and it will require setting proper backlash.
 

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Its about as strong as a Dana 44 but not as strong as an 8.8. The difference is ring gear size and housing strength. Dana 44 and ford 8.8 has the super 35 beat there.

Don't buy a superior super 35 kit unless you know the distributor has one in stock. They recently went out of business or are going out of business.
 

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What if I just my 33 and a lsd in the rear would a super 35 be the way to go
You will get a new carrier with the 30 spline shafts. They offer a arb air locker or Detroit automatic locker. I've heard they offer an eaton electric locker as well.. your stock Limited slip carrier meant for 27 spline shafts will not work.
 

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So you cant find the superior one anymore also what about gearing I have 373 and not looking to change since I am not running anythinf bigger than a 33
 

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An 8.8 is also an option that might fit your needs. East Coast Gear Supply has 8.8's that are all ready for direct bolt ins to TJ's. I've read a lot of people giving them good reviews etc and I decided to order one... I should get it delivered Monday and plan to install it Tuesday or Wednesday. Shoot me a PM next week if you want and I'll let you know how it went and how difficult install was.
 

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An 8.8 is also an option that might fit your needs. East Coast Gear Supply has 8.8's that are all ready for direct bolt ins to TJ's. I've read a lot of people giving them good reviews etc and I decided to order one... I should get it delivered Monday and plan to install it Tuesday or Wednesday. Shoot me a PM next week if you want and I'll let you know how it went and how difficult install was.
Its just silly expensive in my opinion, but if you don't want to build one yourself and can't find a tj Dana 44, its an ok alternative.
 

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I you wheel smart, don't wheel hop when you loose traction, don't try to do burn outs or spin your tires, and don't install a locker, your D35 will probably last while you save/search for an upgrade.

I ran my D35 with 33's for many years and lots of trails, before the right D44 popped up.
 
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