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Unread 05-01-2001, 06:26 PM   #1
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Rear Axle Question

My current config:87' spring over,35rear with 4:56 gears and lock right lockers, 33" tires.I'm starting to wonder if I made a mistake investing in current 35 rear axle. Question: Am I on borrowed time with this rear end, I realize everything can break,however, I have one shop telling me to replace it and another saying don't worry. I just spent the money on this setup last summer, so not excited about replacing. Any thoughts?

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Unread 05-01-2001, 07:11 PM   #2
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Take it easy on the 35 rear... especially with lockers. I have a 95 yj , 31in BFG muds with the dana 35c rear and a lockright. Two days after the locker was installed, I broke the passenger side axle shaft.
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Unread 05-01-2001, 11:58 PM   #3
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With 33s, I'd think you should be ok...just don't go crazy on the throttle off-road.

I run 35s with 4.56 gears, lockers, and wheel pretty hard...still not broken (knock on wood ).
But I've got a Ford 8.8 to swap in as soon
as I save a few more bucks.

If you go bigger then 33s, I'd consider an upgrage. Either the Superior Axle Super 35C kit...or an axle swap. The axle swap may even be cheaper, or close to the Super 35C.

Even so, you may start putting aside spare cash to prepare for the next upgrade
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Unread 05-02-2001, 12:34 PM   #4
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Check out Superior's dana 35 options. The super 35 kit is a nice setup with never a reported broken axle. They also have a nice warrenty. I've been very happy with mine. My only grip is it's an act of God to get a spare shaft(s). An axle truss isn't a bad idea either.
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Unread 05-03-2001, 12:20 AM   #5
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I bought my 95 YJ in September of 94. Up until last July I was running on the stock axles. The last setup I ran on those axles was an SOA, ARBs, 4.10s and 33" tires. My wheeling on those axles included the Rubicon a few times, the Dusy-Ershim, even Jackhammer at Johnson Valley among lots of other trails and events. I have never busted so much as a u-joint. It's my opinion, if you can't afford to do an axle swap, but you can afford to get locked and geared, do it! I wouldn't spend the dough on these new ultra-shafts from various vendors. Just getting spares for the ones you have is a better investment. For now, run what ya brung! Later down the road when you can afford and believe you really need an axle swap, then go for it. ARBs were expensive, but I sure as hell don't figure I wasted my money putting them into stock axles. I got my money's worth out of them. Heaven forbid I would have taken the advice of not locking those axles and missed out on all the cool trails I did on them stockers.
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Unread 05-03-2001, 02:07 AM   #6
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I did the same thing with my axles after a gearless didn't like where it was in the rear end. I put 4.56 with a detroit locker in the rear 35C. I use Moser shafts and broke one playing on something i shouldn't have. I did that with 35's on the jeep. with 33's you shouldnt have a problem. i ran with the same setup with 33's for 2 1/2 years and never have a problem. I would recomend getting a set of Moser shafts or Superior shafts from Lane Auto.
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