Join Date: May 2007
Location: Westminster, MD
My (inevitable) D35 replacement
So, after 5 years running my built D35 (ARB, 4.56 gears) on borrowed time with all the extra weight and horsepower in the YJ it conveniently blew while my wife was driving it to the grocery store - "What did you do to it honey?".
The cross shaft sheared in the spider gears and made a solid axle out of it. Can't figure how to get it apart unless I start cutting the ARB case apart with the torch.
I scored a Ford 8.8 from an explorer with disc brakes and a Solid cover for $300 on the local Craig's list so here we go.
I have stripped the 8.8 (anyone looking for a Trac-Loc carrier with 3.73 ring and pinion?).
I have ordered spring perches, u-bolt kit, 4.56 gear set, master rebuild kit, e-brake hardware kit, and another ARB for the 8.8. I shopped around and should have about $1600 into the project unless I can sell some of the used parts that I don't need.
'90 YJ Wrangler - 4.3L Chevy
'91 GMC 3500 Bus - Tow Vehicle
'87 MBenz 300D Turbo
'02 MBenz E55 AMG
'55 Piper Apache