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Unread 05-07-2010, 12:36 AM   #1
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Dana 35 axle question

Ok gents,
heres the question. I know the "turdy five" is a pretty weak axle as far as that goes. Im not running large (31" and keeping them) tires, would a super 35 kit with an ARB locker installed be a good investment? From what I have been reading, the weak points are the shafts and the carriers. Looks like the super kits have both ends covered with the better chromoly shafts and the carriers covered by replacing with a known strong component (arb locker) am I right? or am I missing some minute engineering flaw in the design? I really dont want to do a swap, unless I find a totalled Rubi, then Im yanking the complete drivetrain of course, but thats a slim to none find, especially on a Sailors paycheck.

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Unread 05-07-2010, 01:09 AM   #2
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I'm a retired sailor myself (FCC Tomahawker) ......if I were to be giving advice to a true sailor friend, I would slap them in the face before I'd advise them to put even one nickle into a D35.
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Unread 05-07-2010, 01:14 AM   #3
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Even with 31's, I agree with Joe. For the price of the ARB and super 35 kit you can swap in a Ford 8.8
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Unread 05-07-2010, 01:22 AM   #4
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Thanks guys, Im looking at options right now. I honestly dont have the time nor resources for the axle swap at this point in life, yet the shaft swap was a workable option for me which is why I was looking into it.
FCC huh?? Go push button, fire missile lol. IT here, former 0621 (field radio operator) in the marines. Thanks again
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Unread 05-07-2010, 01:28 AM   #5
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I just minutes ago swapped in a 35 for a 35 that had noise issues, I have an 8.8 that will go in this fall and from what I can see is that the 8.8 has better brakes a limited slip in most cases and is stronger all around.

the swap kit is about $250 and you will need to do some welding, I am not sure about driveshaft but I think a new setup is in order there as well..

what is a axel kit and locker going to cost?
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Unread 05-07-2010, 01:45 AM   #6
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The other major flaw with the D35 is the strength of the housing. It is quite easy to bend a tube, thus breaking the expensive axles you just put in it. Skip the Super 35 kit. You'd be miles ahead if you put an open 8.8 in instead of a locked 35. The 8.8 will give you tons of options without sacrificing reliability.
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