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post #1 of 6 Old 05-16-2013, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Figuring out my rear axle - 1990 XJ

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I've recently acquired a 1990 XJ as a work vehicle to save miles going to work on my daily driver. I've decided that I'm going to do some upgrades to make it my hunting vehicle as well. My plan is to install a 3" or 4.5" lift from rusty's and I need to know which rear axle I have. I'm about 99% sure that it is a Dana 35, but some of the pictures I've looked at through the posts resemble a Chrysler 8.25. Also, give me your opinions on Rusty's kits versus other budget lift kits. She obviously needs some love, but can't complain for a freebie.

Thanks in advance.

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post #2 of 6 Old 05-16-2013, 07:48 PM
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yah D35. There should be some info on the tag to the upper left there and also 350 stamped on the housing behind it.


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post #3 of 6 Old 05-16-2013, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Chris. Any opinions on budget lifts for these babies?
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i built a very capable 93 xj using a 3in lift kit from rustys mixed in with a little custom work. I bought a 2in budget lift- 2in coil spring spaces and 2in lift shackles for the rear and added that to the lift- it got me about 5in of lift. I built my own lower control arms(heavy steel tubing) and threw on an adj track bar. its a little bit of a harsh ride but i also have the HD coil springs instead of regular ones. its a jeep anyway so who cares. the lift from rustys was 300 and i think i got the 2in budget lift for like 75.
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D35 for sure. Don't plan on going over 33" tires especially if you like throttling everything hard.
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post #6 of 6 Old 05-17-2013, 11:48 AM
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As Chris said, you have the D35.
As far as Rusty's stuff goes: It's gotten better over time. There was some concern with the tie rod end on his track bar, some have failed due to fatigue and these were documented. That problem was resolved and I haven't heard of a failure in a couple years. I ran that track bar but upgraded, then modified a Currie. I run Rusty's 4.5" full packs in the rear and 4.5" coils with lift pucks in the front. I also have the Rusty's long-arm upgrade kit which I bought during a discount they offered, well worth it. Lifting over 3" may require a driveline mod such as SYE and double cardan drive shaft. and if you plan to do any hard wheeling you may want to look into a Ford 8.8 axle replacement from your newly identified D35.
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