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Unread 04-09-2013, 07:32 AM   #1
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Help! Dana 35 or Ford 8.8 on budget?

I have a 94 zj 4.0l auto with a 249 tcase on 32x10 tires 4.5 inch lift. I have decided the stock gears have to go and I've picked 4.1s to replace them this should get me in the rpm range I want to be in at highway speed. My troubles now are should I just swap out the gears on my old 30 and 35 to 4.1s or keep my 30 with new gears and get a 8.8 that has been built for a zj with 4.1s I don't trail drive much but I do tow trailers with quads or a bike please give me some input on what would be best for me for my wallet and my needs.

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Unread 04-09-2013, 07:52 AM   #2
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ohh and I do plan on ditching the 249 for a 231 and the 32s will be going to more streetable tires in a 31x10.5 size soon and a possible 4.0 stroker motor in a year or 2.
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Unread 04-09-2013, 08:12 AM   #3
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Don't you mean 4.10's not "4.1's"??
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Unread 04-09-2013, 08:16 AM   #4
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Yes. sorry typo
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Unread 04-09-2013, 08:19 AM   #5
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Just keep the 32s and go with 4.56 gears.

Also, I would change out your rims. 10.5" wide tires on a 10" wide wheel is not a good combo
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Unread 04-09-2013, 08:44 AM   #6
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4.56 is just a bit to low for my needs I'm on the road more then the trails so I have to think about my mpg and the rims are a guess they might b 8 inch I just got this jeep a few weeks ago haven't had much time to check the small details all I know right now its a pig after 3rd gear and I have found a 8.8 built for a zj with 4.10s and factory limted slip with 4 link brace for $1100 just trying to see if spending the extra money will pay off for me in the long run I do plan to wheel more now that I have a lifted rig but mpgs and power to haul are goal #1
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Unread 04-09-2013, 08:45 AM   #7
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just the gear swap in what you have will be easiest.

for your intended plan the stock diffs should be fine
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Unread 04-09-2013, 08:48 AM   #8
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Don't you mean 4.10's not "4.1's"??
What's the difference? Same number.
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Unread 04-09-2013, 09:01 AM   #9
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just the gear swap in what you have will be easiest.

for your intended plan the stock diffs should be fine
Cool thanks any company's you would suggest for all the hardware I need?
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Unread 04-09-2013, 01:19 PM   #10
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Swap in a d44a from a post 96 V8 if you're worried about strength. Since you're doing regear anyway it's all bolt in.
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Unread 04-09-2013, 01:54 PM   #11
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Just swap both front and rear with a v8 96-98 zj and (3:73) call it good. Sell the 4.10s to a highschool kid with a tj. D35 is fine for 31s. I beat the piss out of mine with worn out LSD and it only bent shafts and crushed out wheel bearing cages.......on second thought just get rid of the 35.....
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Unread 04-09-2013, 02:08 PM   #12
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Swap in a d44a from a post 96 V8 if you're worried about strength. Since you're doing regear anyway it's all bolt in.
This may be your cheapest/easiest way to go. You could pick up a 44 cheap. a 44 would give you a larger R&P for towing and Itll be plenty strong for your application. Plus you could work on that rear axle while still keeping your Jeep drivable until you're ready to gear your D30
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