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post #16 of 49 Old 03-14-2013, 12:28 PM
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I wasn't being sarcastic I was being serious you're on every single forum on this website.

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post #17 of 49 Old 03-14-2013, 12:30 PM
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I already admitted I was wrong is it worth beating a dead horse get over it

I guess I'm the first person on this forum to have an opinion on gears and tires
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post #18 of 49 Old 03-14-2013, 12:34 PM
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I wasn't being sarcastic I was being serious you're on every single forum on this website.
Well then I will take it as a compliment. Thank you. My advice would be the same as pasinbuy: gear way deeper and junk the Dana 35 for the 8.8 outlet. Running 35's myself, I know what the line is when it comes to offroad performance and daily drivability. Mine takes me everywhere but its been a long hard road getting there with many a Dana 35 replacement before I wised up and faced reality. I think I'm one of about five guys in the Yj forum that has their jeep in a constant mix of overhaul and street time and its never finished. Ever.

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if I go the route of a ford 9in rear and dana 44 up front (which I am pretty sure that is what I am doing) is there a recommended trans/engine to match it up to for best results. Looks like I'm not getting out of it cheap, thought it was a U-Bolt issue at first.. Transmission is having some issues according to mechanic, so I want to beef that up too. engine was rebuilt by previous owner and runs good, but doesn't have a lot of power, so I assume I need to do both?
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Well then I will take it as a compliment. Thank you. My advice would be the same as pasinbuy: gear way deeper and junk the Dana 35 for the 8.8 outlet. Running 35's myself, I know what the line is when it comes to offroad performance and daily drivability. Mine takes me everywhere but its been a long hard road getting there with many a Dana 35 replacement before I wised up and faced reality. I think I'm one of about five guys in the Yj forum that has their jeep in a constant mix of overhaul and street time and its never finished. Ever.
Thanks for understanding.

I guess I'll leave the technical stuff to the seasoned vets.

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post #21 of 49 Old 03-15-2013, 12:17 AM
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There is a slight possibility that the clunking and hard shifting are symptoms of a poorly adjusted clutch or low fluid in the clutch master cylinder. If you don't trust your mechanic and he just put in a clutch that's the first place I'd look. Especially if he "fixed" 5th gear. In my inexperienced opinion, if he had the gear box apart to repair 5th, he should've read the warning signs of transmission failure. If I'm wrong about that, I'll take my corrections humbly.

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post #22 of 49 Old 03-18-2013, 08:16 AM Thread Starter
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so I just picked up jeep from mechanic and drove home carefully.. Bad clunking noise only once, but I drove home in 4hi. pretty sure rear and needs to be replaced/upgraded but besides hard to get into first, rest of shifting was good, any advice/suggestions?
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post #23 of 49 Old 03-18-2013, 01:42 PM
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If you don't have mechanical skills take it to another mechanic for a second opinion. Tell them the symptoms, don't tell them what the other mechanic diagnosed the problems as.
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post #24 of 49 Old 03-18-2013, 02:35 PM
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I have no mechanical skills but I had a similar issue were it was making a clicking noise and hard to shift turned out to be my rear driveshaft. Once I had that rebuilt the sound was gone and I was able to shift a lot smoother. It cost me about 700 with labor for the rebuild. 450 without labor to rebuild the driveshaft.

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post #25 of 49 Old 03-18-2013, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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Had a second opinion, he took time and showed me where issues were. His suggestion was that it would cost a lot to do 8.8 rear w fabrication etc, but we found a replacement Dana 35 (I know) that has 410 gears, that's what I have now, but it has a locker. Also we are thinking of replacing axle shaft to upgraded ones, hopefully that will be enough but won't cost me a ton, so I think it's worth trying. Thoughts? Trans also needs a little work but doesn't have to be done now, am thinking of t-5 trans as its more durable, does that make sense?
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post #26 of 49 Old 03-18-2013, 03:24 PM
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Did you have the rear driveshaft disconnected? Why did you drive home in 4 high? Replacing a Dana 35 with a locked Dana 35 on 35" tires is stupid. Unless you're a mechanic who is going to be doing all the work then by all means charge the sucker several times.

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post #27 of 49 Old 03-19-2013, 09:17 AM
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Easy Anticanman, educate a newbie don't flame them. If you're running 35's you need to bit the bullet and upgrade to an 8.8 with 4.10's (if that's the gearing you want, personally a 4 cyl. with 35's I'd look to go deeper on the gears). Even with better axles in a D35 it's still a pig with lipstick.
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Honestly an 8.8 wouldn't cost too much. MORE offroad sells an 8.8 perch kit (around 100-150) and you can get an 8.8 from most pick and pulls (250 or so). finding 4.10s might be possible (sorry im not terribly knowledgeable as to stock 8.8 gear ratio). The biggest I would ever go on a stock dana 35 are 33in tires. Anything after that IMHO is just asking for trouble, but honestly this depends on how you wheel. If you wait until there is a 50% off day at pick n pull, the swap could be around 300.

Flajeeper1 is definitely right. Lower gearing with 35s will help a ton. I hope to run 35s on my willy's soon. Just picked up 4.88 re-gear kits for the front and rear axles.
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I have no mechanical skills but I had a similar issue were it was making a clicking noise and hard to shift turned out to be my rear driveshaft. Once I had that rebuilt the sound was gone and I was able to shift a lot smoother. It cost me about 700 with labor for the rebuild. 450 without labor to rebuild the driveshaft.

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I just choked when I read this. They charged you $700 for 2 ujoints installed?

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post #30 of 49 Old 03-19-2013, 01:42 PM
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Easy Anticanman, educate a newbie don't flame them...
My thought is the definition of insanity. Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Dana 35 on 35's wasn't a good idea the first time. His words, not necessarily mine.

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