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Unread 08-22-2013, 07:14 AM   #1
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Yj axle swap

Hello everyone! I've decide to do a soa on my yj but don't want to do all the work on a dana 30 and 35. I'm going to be looking in my local self service salvage yard in two weeks and get started. I was hoping some one could put together a list of good donors and what axle they have.

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Unread 08-22-2013, 07:44 AM   #2
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Axle swaps are usually done because they cannot handle the proposed tire size. What's yours?
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Unread 08-22-2013, 08:01 AM   #3
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Axle swaps are usually done because they cannot handle the proposed tire size. What's yours?
Sure is and that's why I'm swapping. Right now im on 33's but moving to soa so 35's so I would need a swap. That's why I'm asking if anyone can help by putting a list of donors to look at it would be very helpful.
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Sure is and that's why I'm swapping. Right now im on 33's but moving to soa so 35's so I would need a swap. That's why I'm asking if anyone can help by putting a list of donors to look at it would be very helpful.
Just grab a ford 8.8 for the rear and put a super 88 kit in it. For extra precaution and go. That's what I'd do....

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8.8 rear and your Dana 30 will be ok if beefed up.

What kind of wheeling are we talking?
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If he is one of those crazy arizona wheelers than he is gonna need something beefier up front. They have some mega knarly trails.
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Unread 08-22-2013, 09:24 AM   #7
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If he is one of those crazy arizona wheelers than he is gonna need something beefier up front. They have some mega knarly trails.
Yes sir I am in Arizona and we do have some nice trails.
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Unread 08-22-2013, 11:54 AM   #8
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8.8 rear and your Dana 30 will be ok if beefed up.

What kind of wheeling are we talking?
Rugged rock terrain I go throw axle alley, coke ovens, Ajax, butcher jones, and crown king all in the central Arizona area.
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If you do the hard trails, want to do them, or wheel with people who do, skip the junkyard. You won't find anything that will suit you that you wouldn't need to completely gut anyways. The 8.8 is fine if left close to stock with mild tires. It's a fantastic dana35 alternative, however, once you completely rebuild one with proper gears, locker/ superior kit you could have done something better particularly if you want to do a front swap. The 5 on 4.5 pattern leaves you without a matching front upgrade unless you are ok with adapters. Not implying that this is bad as ive done this. 5 on 4.5 to 8 lug adapters are very pricey so you'd want to stick with 5 on 5.5. Don't discount a custom built axle or even buying parts to build one. My first axle build was a Currie. They walked me through the process of picking parts and they sent it unassembled. It was a nice intro to axle building. Put a list together of the parts you would need for a junkyard swap and also another line for parts you would want for the axles. Add the cost of these and compare with an aftermarket unit. Also factor in all the time and personal labor of finding the housing you want. For me its no longer worth digging for simply an empty housing only to replace everything else. If a 14bolt was a potential then i might pull one of those from a yard. You can also check forums for people getting rid of 3/4 or 1 ton stuff when upgrading. There's often cool stuff listed on pirate.
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Unread 08-22-2013, 12:35 PM   #10
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Thanks y'all for your input but my question isn't getting answered here. I'm not looking for a debate on what I should do. I'm just looking for a list of donor trucks and what axles they have so I can keep an eye out and look at my options and go from there. I want to go to a junkyard and do it myself. Just looking for a list to look for.
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Unread 08-22-2013, 01:17 PM   #11
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Without knowing your goals. We dont know what to tell you.

You cant be spoonfed if you dont have your bowl of applesauce in front of you.


73-87 chevy or gmc k20 k30 c2500 k3500 for a 14bolt full floater. Single rear wheel.

73-87 k30 for pass drop dana 60.

89-81. And 85-92 grand wagoneer for driver drop narrower dana44

76-79 ford f100 f150 for fullwidth high pinion d44. 5lug

76-79 ford f250. For fullwidtg high pinion d44 8 lug

Ford dana 60s below:
78-79 F-350 and some F-250 (Snofighter and High GVW packages)

1986-88 F-350 with dual rear wheels (DRW)

1988-91.5 F-350 with single rear wheels (SRW)

1992-95 F-350 (all) (balljoint)

1996.5-98 F-350 (all) (balljoint)
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Unread 08-22-2013, 04:17 PM   #12
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Without knowing your goals. We dont know what to tell you.

You cant be spoonfed if you dont have your bowl of applesauce in front of you.

73-87 chevy or gmc k20 k30 c2500 k3500 for a 14bolt full floater. Single rear wheel.

73-87 k30 for pass drop dana 60.

89-81. And 85-92 grand wagoneer for driver drop narrower dana44

76-79 ford f100 f150 for fullwidth high pinion d44. 5lug

76-79 ford f250. For fullwidtg high pinion d44 8 lug

Ford dana 60s below:
78-79 F-350 and some F-250 (Snofighter and High GVW packages)

1986-88 F-350 with dual rear wheels (DRW)

1988-91.5 F-350 with single rear wheels (SRW)

1992-95 F-350 (all) (balljoint)

1996.5-98 F-350 (all) (balljoint)
Thanks that's all I needed just to see what had what to go off of thanks again.
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Unread 08-22-2013, 10:48 PM   #13
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Don't mean to hijack this thread, But could I get some clarification on this particular axle listed as a potential swap

"89-81. And 85-92 grand wagoneer for driver drop narrower dana44"

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Don't mean to hijack this thread, But could I get some clarification on this particular axle listed as a potential swap

"89-81. And 85-92 grand wagoneer for driver drop narrower dana44"

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It's passenger drop. Right now you have a d30 driver drop. To run that axle you would have to to a d300 tcase flip kit for everything to work (amongst other things).
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