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post #1 of 19 Old 06-28-2012, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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YJ Axle swap....kinda?

I have the chance to buy a front HP D30 and a Dana 35 rear (barf) that already have 4.88 gears, the HP D30 has had TJ shafts put in, lock-rite locker, and also comes with all brakes, rotors, calipers, and the entire steering set up. The D35 has a Detroit Locker in the rear, also set up for 4.88 and has the disc brake conversion put on. It is set up for a YJ and I am very tempted. I have same axle set up but with 3.07 gearing, and open differentials front and rear, front axle is still the two piece on passenger side. I have 33" tires and do not hop the wheels as I baby everything I own. I know the D35 is a ticking time bomb, but i'm not too worried about it. What would you pay for the two axles with everything included? Quick reply would be great

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Maybe $500 or so

A D30 with stock 4:10 gears for about $200 here. Gears and locker would cost about $500 to install new but they are used now. TJ shafts are about $20 at any junkyard. I assume you already have the brake parts and steering from your current axle so there's little value to you there. The D35 really has no value even with the locker.

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If you've never driven on the street with a Detroit in the rear, you'll be in for a surprise. I bought a similar setup when my second Dana 35 went boom and I hated it.
Drivin a Detroit on the street takes a combination of balls, delicacy and stupidity. In a Hotrod its one thing, a Jeep is quite another....
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Im going to delete my remarks and see where this goes.

Your limited slip differential sucks.

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If you've never driven on the street with a Detroit in the rear, you'll be in for a surprise. I bought a similar setup when my second Dana 35 went boom and I hated it.
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Drivin a Detroit on the street takes a combination of balls, delicacy and stupidity. In a Hotrod its one thing, a Jeep is quite another....
off topic. please reread question...

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What would you pay for the two axles with everything included? Quick reply would be great

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post #6 of 19 Old 06-28-2012, 08:58 PM
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you are looking at buying someone elses junk. Build your own dana 44 front and rear.

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no you gave a personal opinion that had nothing to do with the question. not "tech" related in any way.

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Please no bickering; there's been plenty of that in this section of late.

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I'd pay 200-250 for front and would maybe give 50 for rear, that would be only in the case that I needed a quick and temporary swap (talking about D35)

Do you have 4 cyl or 4.0?

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Please no bickering; there's been plenty of that in this section of late.
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I wasn't trying to go off topic but simply relate my own experiences with a Detroit. I wouldn't suggest using the Detroit in a D35 as a street vehicle. To someone not accustomed to driving one, they can be very dangerous.

As previously stated, $250 for the front and I wouldn't bother with the rear. To me it makes more sense to spend money on something that will last and be worthwhile. If you need a rear tk hold you over while you are building one, may e pick up the D35 for $100. But don't plan on it lasting very long with the Detroit and 33s.

Total I would offer: $300

That more on topic?
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post #12 of 19 Old 06-29-2012, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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Hey thanks for the replies, my YJ has the 4.2 and ax15. This jeep is not a daily driver by any means. It sees about 5 miles of asphault and then its all dirt. I live in utah and so there are mountains in every direction of me. I do not do moab type rock crawling, or mudding. its mainly just going up old mining trails and mountain access roads. I just hate my 3.07 gears and figured that $500 for everything is a pretty good deal. I know everyone hates the D35 but I haven't had any issues with mine, granted it has an open diff. I am a full service auto mechanic and work on lifted jeeps all day long and have yet to do anything other than an axle seal here and there on a D35. I have seen more issues with the Grand Cherokee D44a than any other axle, of course not counting all the Yota axles we rebuild
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post #13 of 19 Old 06-29-2012, 11:32 AM
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$500 is a pretty fair price considering there is an option to resell the Dana 35 if you wanted a stronger axle to replace it. I would say its a good start but it's only worth however much you're willing to pay for it based on how badly you want it.

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I agree, $500 is fair price. I did almost the same thing. Bumped up to 33" tires with 3.07's and decided I needed some different gears. I paid $100 for a set of 4.10 d30 and d35 that came out of a 4cyl. Bolted them in for the time being to keep wheeling. Bought some Aussie lockers front and rear for good deal, and held up well with light throttle usage offroad. I did have a set of spare shafts for the d35 just in case though. I eventually found a ford 8.8 and swapped it in the rear, but the D35 with the locker allowed me to keep wheeling and keep up with my buddies while I built the 8.8. I am currently going to sell both front and rear Dana's with Aussies for $300 to a family member who doesn't plan on wheeling to much.

With that being said, $500 is good deal I think for 4.88's and you can resell them later.
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$500 is a good price- real good! Put a truss on the D-35 if you think it may be shakey, but I can tell you from my personal experience that the D-35 is not the total boat anchor it's made out to be. It should do you well. Carry some spare shafts as back-up, or go with alloy shafts.

I've been throwed out of a carwash- too much mud!

I've done bodywork useing a winch, a tree, a prybar, and a BFH!

Now, my wild oats have turned to prune juice and all-bran...
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