Unless you're unsafe, or want lockers, your D35 is fine for daily driving and all but the most difficult 'wheeling. It's knowing how to drive what you have that'll get you there, not necessarily having the most built set-up.
my .02 cents
If it fits, that is a good deal tho
The D35 is tougher than people give it credit for.I'm kind of new to the heavy duty wheeling side of everything, but I've read enough here to see that the d35 is the most hated axle ever. what do you guys think of this deal:Front/Rear axle ( Dana44/Dana 60) 4:10 gears .... $400
Actually, some 8.8's in Explorers come factory with 4.10's and disk brakes. Some even have an LSD.The Dana 44 will be as close to a bolt in operation as it gets. The 8.8 requires all new brackets and can be challenging for a beginner. Either axle will have to be geared up because neither have the 4.10s to match your front axle. So what does that mean?? Do you gear just that axle or toss in some deeper gears for larger tires??
I remember that as I was searching for that specific axle for awhile before I ran my exploder 8.8. It was hard to find. I could only find the 3.55 so I started to doubt the 4.10s existenceActually, some 8.8's in Explorers come factory with 4.10's and disk brakes. Some even have an LSD.