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Unread 07-08-2014, 09:28 PM   #1
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East Coast Gear 8.8 Options.

Pinions bearing on my Dana 35 are bad. I am not wasting my time or money on it anymore.

So I am doing an 8.8 swap. I want this to be as stress free as possible and want to just bolt it on. east coast gear has an assembly you can put together that I am really liking. I am having a hard time choosing what I want, and what would be best. I want to keep it as close to 1k as possible. Here is the link-

http://eastcoastgearsupply.com/i-411...-assembly.html

My front gears are 3.73 so I will match those up. I will go with factory brakes since I can do those cheaper than they want. Stock diff cover and shafts. All new bearings (is it really worth the 350??? Although that is what why I am swapping my 35), and then just gear oil. Open diff for now so I can decide on what kind of locker later. Does this sound good to you guys? will run me about 1300 delivered.

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Unread 07-08-2014, 09:59 PM   #2
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Just my thought, but if you're gonna pony up the money for a bolt in axle, it'd be way past foolish to not put new bearings in it. These are junkyard axles, it's literally a toss up if it's bad now, or it takes a bit.
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I'm of the do it right the first time mentality. If you're going to pay quite a lot of money to have somebody build and setup an axle, you may as well get the axle you want and not have to touch it again. Get a locker, get the gears you want to run (4.56?) and get some protection.

If you're trying to be cheap then get a JY 8.8 with 3.73's and weld on the artec truss.
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Unread 07-09-2014, 08:35 AM   #4
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Well I am only running 31s at this point. My front end is 3.73 and I like it. I think I will get the axle all refreshed in that case. Hmm now to decide on the limited slip or locker.
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Ok so everything comes to 1600. Entirely rebuilt bolt in axle with limited slip. Is this not worth it?
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Ok so everything comes to 1600. Entirely rebuilt bolt in axle with limited slip. Is this not worth it?
If it were my choice, I'd get the open carrier, no LSD. That way if you decide you want to throw a lunchbox locker in later you don't have to reset the gears. The LSD doesn't help much with larger size tires.
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I've heard the 8.8 LSD is worth it and works for larger tires, I've also never had a problem with the d44a LSD on 31's. I wouldn't lunch the rear on something that sees a lot of street time.
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I have this exact setup on 33x12.50 BFGs.

I built mine vs buying theirs... But I went Artec truss and 4.56 G2 gears with all Timken bearings and used ford LSD with upgraded HD clutch pak.

It's been great for streets and mild off-roading. I miss my Detroit NoSpin locker only in two wheel drive off-road, I now have to put it in 4wd when before I did not, but I'm no longer twisting axles in two on pavement. So it's a win for me. I've not had any issues with less capability without the locker than I did with it, I have traveled the same places and maybe some worse without any different outcome....I went over or through all just as before.

If you drive it a lot or daily like mine, the LSD will do you good.
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Limited slips are beyond useless. Now is the time to get a locker. By FAR the single biggest step forward in off road capability.
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Limited slips are beyond useless. Now is the time to get a locker. By FAR the single biggest step forward in off road capability.
I agree, IF offroading is the main use of your vehicle. Full time lockers are hard on parts if you daily drive the vehicle, things don't last as long. I loved mine, expect when it twisted the axles and I was pulling parts and replacing axles.

The BEST option IMO, is a selectable locker. I think that's why the Rubicon Wranglers are such a hot commodity. They're limited slip until you lock it in, and they are electronic, which is the best IMO. But whether it be air or electric actuated, the selectable locker is the ultimate way to go. But it will also set you back another $800+ depending on what brand you go with.

It all depends on the use planned for the vehicle.
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44a with the same gears... Bolt it up... Good to go for far less... You'll never need more with 31s
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44a with the same gears... Bolt it up... Good to go for far less... You'll never need more with 31s
This.
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Unread 07-09-2014, 09:58 PM   #13
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Yeah I never thought about a 44a. Would you guys recommend the 44a? jeep will never go above 31s and 3.73s. Just a cheap mess around vehicle.
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I beat the crap out of my 44a on 31's.

The WJ's I wheel with do the same, it's a solid axle.
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Unread 07-10-2014, 09:46 AM   #15
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Ok so I am going to try and find an axle off craigslist or a junk yard. How do I make sure the new axle has no problems like mine does? Any tell tale signs?
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