Alright so I have 94 XJ...pretty sure it has the Dana 35 which I have heard is garbage. What rear axle should I switch/upgrade too? C8.25? Or maybe the Dana 44. I don't even know if that would, those are just 2 of the rear axles I know about. And yea I plan on getting whatever axle I decide on from my local junk yard lol
Right now its looking like I'm gunna be doing a 3.5" lift, even though I am struggling to find one im happy with on the internet :/ and will probably get 31x10.50 tires. Not set in stone yet and have been tossing around the idea of 4.5" lift and still sticking with 31x10.50's or maybe go to 33's. Im going to take it off roading but nothing tooo hardcore (I say that now...wait till I get on a trail and change my mind lol) and it will be alternating with my awesome gas mileage vehicle as a dd more than likely.
But I've heard the Dana 35 is the WORST rear axle to come on XJ's. Well that just makes me want a different one. Maybe im weird lol
Get a Chry 8.25 and drive shaft from a 1997-2001 XJ Cherokee. It will be inexpensive, easy to find, and bolt on. An XJ Dana 44 will be 2x to 4x the price of an 8.25, if the seller knows what they have. Plus, the XJ Dana 44 is very rare.
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Well my springs are fine so should I not get a lift...I just wanna upgrade since I found one at the junkyard already. Besides later on I plan on getting a larger lift and bigger tires so might as well upgrade early.
And I have wheeled sucessfully with 35" tires on a locked d35, stupidity can break anything. Not saying those incidents were caused by it, but hopping the rear tires on rocks will break any axle if you do it enough. For 31" tires unless you are going to do some extreme wheeling I would just leave the d35 under there. I have ran a couple of jeeps with 33's, 35's with one and had zero issues. If you need the peace of mind the 8.25 like CJ7tim stated, is a direct swap and cheap to find.
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