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Unread 08-15-2004, 01:19 PM   #1
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Rear axle in 91 XJ Laredo?

I used to have a 91 XJ Laredo with the 4.0L HO engine and 5-speed tranny. I thought the rear axle was a Dana 35... am I wrong? Why I ask is that the guys on the TJ forum are always trashing the Dana 35 as being a weakling but if that's the axle I ran in the XJ, it took TONS of on and off-road abuse (including a trip to the dragstrip where I showed it no mercy) and never blew-up. So what's the deal? A Dana 35 in a 4-cylinder TJ will die the second it's off-roaded yet it withstands 190hp and power-shifting in a Cherokee?

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Unread 08-15-2004, 05:41 PM   #2
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with the tow package some older XJ's had the Dana 44. Newer XJ's have the D35 or the Corp 8.25, but I dont kno if they used the 8.25 in older Xj's
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Unread 08-15-2004, 07:20 PM   #3
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I used to have a 91 XJ Laredo with the 4.0L HO engine and 5-speed tranny. I thought the rear axle was a Dana 35... am I wrong? Why I ask is that the guys on the TJ forum are always trashing the Dana 35 as being a weakling but if that's the axle I ran in the XJ, it took TONS of on and off-road abuse (including a trip to the dragstrip where I showed it no mercy) and never blew-up. So what's the deal? A Dana 35 in a 4-cylinder TJ will die the second it's off-roaded yet it withstands 190hp and power-shifting in a Cherokee?
The D35 is a relatively weak axle, but you have to look at what you are comparing it to. There are a lot of TJs running 33s. The D35 isn't quite strong enough to handle a 33in tire when wheeling it hard, but it is plenty strong enough to handle stock sized tires.

The c-clips in the D35 are weak points as are the axle tubes in general. They are known to bend and crack -- which is why axle trusses are sometimes used.

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Unread 08-15-2004, 10:12 PM   #4
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True, the average TJ would be running larger tires... I had 31x10.5-15s on my XJ and they looked huge but 31s look a tad small on the Wrangler...

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Unread 08-16-2004, 01:24 AM   #5
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I think people over exaggerate the weakness of the D35 axle.

No, the D35 isnt going to hold up well against 33" super swampers and an ARB locker. Then again, that combo can snap a D44 too.
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