I have NOT.....yet.Contemplating a Ford 8.8 swap in the future but am curious how many folks have actually snapped an axle on a stock Dana 35 rear and under what conditions did it break?
Post up your experiences please and thanks opcorn:
hey man where did your friend get the jerry can mount for the xrc bumper iv been looking but i cant find itI introduced my friend Marc to Jeeping and helped him buy his '98 TJ Sport. It was the perfect "starter" Jeep for him... other than the Dana35 rear axle. Later, he spontaneously installed a cheap lift and 33" tires (without consulting me), but still has the stock 3.73 gears, open diffs and automatic transmission.
The second time we went wheeling with his lifted Jeep, this happened:
He was simply climbing the hill seen in on the right in the background of the first photo. Nothing really extreme, actually. Everybody in a 50-yard radius heard the axle snap, though.
Did you put the 35" tires on it? If so I'd do the same thing if I were in the shoes of that dealer.Image Group said:2001 TJ lifted with 35's just arriving to Tierra Del Sol and I made a U-Turn on asphalt. Snapped the stock axle. Dealer was very apologetic over the phone. I only had the JEEP for 3 weeks. When I pulled into the dealership (I did a roadside repair after having an axle delivered) they seen the after market lift and immediately started to refuse any liability. The JEEP didn't even have 500 miles on it yet.
Thats when ive seen the most of them break... rear end hop seems to do it everytime!It tends to be the bounce & spin that makes them snap. This happens a lot when climbing rocks/obstacles. It also helps to run nothing larger than a 33" tire, any larger and it's just a matter of time.