Do U have gears? The lower ya go, the more chance ya take. I would go with a auto locker like a No-Slip or such. Good unit for not too much money. I would deffinately get some kind of truss. Those D35 tubes flex like most don't know. One reason guys do break them. Go easy on the skinny pedel and U should be OK.
I haven't had any problems and my D35 has been locked for 6 years. If you are going to lock it maybe consider a Super35 kit that comes with a locker and high strength axles. I drive mine like it has a D35, carry spare shafts and everything else I need to fix it on the trail (unfortunately that all adds up to about a 100 pounds of extra gear I need to tote around). I have an auto so that helps absorb some of the shock loads. While we all know the D35 is the greatest, how long it lasts is usually up to the driver. I've seen a couple break in person and MANY videos on the internet and in EVERY case the breakage was driver error.
Observed: No forward progress due to loss of traction (results in bouncing in place)
Drivers Solution: Mash the go peddle (bounce more and higher)
Observed: No forward progress due to things being in a bind (great traction everywhere so tires are not turning)
Drivers Solution: Mash the go peddle
I have seen the about two examples time and time again. Unfortunately everyone blames breakage on a crappy D35 instead of crappy driving.
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I have had one also for several years now. I did add the bigger axles for a better feeling of security. I'm fully locked with 4:88s, it's great, no problem crawling over lots of rocks, as already said just don't be stupid. Have fun.
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it depends on a few things which most have been already discussed. such as how hard are u on it, how low of gears ur running, and also which locker ur using, and what power ur pushing to them.
i see u have the 4.0 so 4:10s or 4:56s is probably the ratio ur looking at?
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Right now I have stock gears, but I think when I go to 33's I will switch to 4:10's. I think though now that I have thought about it, I dont really want to spend money on an axle that I will replace, because after I get out of college I plan to spring it over and run 37's. I may just try and find a cheap 8.8 and do an axle swap. I just cant see myself spending alot of money on a crappy axle.
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It will not be a problem, especially if you have a 4 banger. Less horse power means less chance of breaking. I ran a Detroit in a D35 for 2 years. Went over the Rubicon twice, and other trails of similar quality. I don't think I even got close to breaking. You simply have to drive in a controlled fashion. Be aware of what you have.
I recently upgraded to D44s because I got sick of the response people gave me when they learned that I had a D35.
You have a 4.0 so you need to be more careful with the power you apply in hardcore situations.
My feeling about the D35 is that the ring and pinion is as likely to break as the shafts. I have a friend who broke the ring and pinion on his D35 on the gatekeeper at Rubicon. The shafts held up fine. That is the problem with a Super 35 kit. It gives you D44 strength shafts but leaves you with a weak ring and pinion.
i am runnin 32's with the 410's and locked with lock rite locker and havent had any problems yet.. i bout to upgrade to 33's jus take it easy. jus remember u may be drivin a gernade with the pin pulled..
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4.5" Rubicon Express heavy duty Suspension Lift
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