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Unread 03-12-2012, 02:25 PM   #1
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Chrysler 8.25 vs Dana 35

What are the advantages of a Chrysler 8.25 over the Dana 35 rear axle? I plan to take it off road, but I don't plan to modify it much (I run 235/75 instead of 225/65, but everything else is stock). I'm not really a recreational off-roader... but as an avid hunter, I need a ride than can handle itself off the beaten path. Most of my driving is on pavement, though. I hear the Chrysler is tougher, but is it necessary if I don't plan to jack it up and rock crawl with it?

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Unread 03-12-2012, 02:28 PM   #2
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for your uses the d35 is perfectly fine.
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Unread 03-12-2012, 03:11 PM   #3
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the cry 8.25 is on par with a dana 44. it can handle 33 or 35 in tires.
but for you with 235s a d35 will be fine.
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Unread 03-12-2012, 04:17 PM   #4
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The 8.25 is a great upgrade from a D35. Get one out of a Cherokee, 97-01 I believe and it will have 29 splines. Aftermarket support is limited, but growing. Also, It does not support ABS.

I would run an 8.25 over an 8.8. I like the flat Diff bottom, threaded adjustment for backlash, better clearance than an 8.8 or D44, huge tubes, and the Pinion is not ridiculously offset like an 8.8.
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Unread 03-13-2012, 02:01 AM   #5
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Going to the 8.25 you would loose ABS. Agree with previous post that the D35 is more than fine with that tire size
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How about the same scenario with 30's 0r 31's and a 2" lift. Will the d35 still be sufficient?
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Unread 04-21-2012, 02:31 PM   #7
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I have watched several stock Jeeps break a D35 with stock car type P metric size tires. The Chry 8.25 is easy to find, cheap, has lockers available, will accept disk brakes, and is much stronger than a D35. If you have durability concerns, find and install an 8.25. As noted, the 8.25 does not support ABS, but that is no big loss. Simply pull the ABS relays and ABS is disabled.
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Dana 35 - 27 Spline

Chrysler 8.25 - 29 Spline + bigger axle tubes + easy to find. Doesn't support ABS.
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What are the advantages of a Chrysler 8.25 over the Dana 35 rear axle? I plan to take it off road, but I don't plan to modify it much (I run 235/75 instead of 225/65, but everything else is stock). I'm not really a recreational off-roader... but as an avid hunter, I need a ride than can handle itself off the beaten path. Most of my driving is on pavement, though. I hear the Chrysler is tougher, but is it necessary if I don't plan to jack it up and rock crawl with it?

Thanks!
For your application, don't even worry for the D35.
if some day you think you need to change pinion & ring in your D35, then replace the whole axle with a 8.25 w/29 splines...(97+ Xjs)
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