so your saying to swap the back? how hard is it to swap axles? it would be a first for me. and the big question is how much will it cost me?
The dana 35 has a bad rap, and rightly so, jeepers like to lift their jeeps, stuff larger tires, add lockers, boost horse power and modify suspension components then drive them where god only intended deer to travel.
YES, I AM IN THAT GROUP.
But the 35 is plenty strong for 31’s and even up to 33’s as long as you don’t drive like a fool.
You plan to stay on 31’s and daily drive it with light wheeling… I wouldn’t change the rear-end. Its not worth the money, just re-gear. I know some will say it can be cheaper to swap, and that CAN BE true if you have the tools and the knowhow.
No offence, but it doesn’t sound like you have ether. Your jeep will live a long happy life with a 35 in the rear.
ps, your jeep came with the 35 in the rear. if the PO swapped in a 4 banger 35 rear you now have 4.10's
do you know if the PO swapped rears or had the original fixed? not many jeepers would swap a 35 for another 35 unless they were flat broke and someone paid them to do it, you may have a better rear all ready.
if he fixed it himself i would worry about him slapping in a used carrier and gears for a quick sell without proper setup. just a thought.