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Unread 07-28-2009, 09:01 PM   #1
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Read axle problems

My jeep has 150,000 miles on it now. The rear end is starting to make noise.I not sure how much longer it will last.Can anyone tell me what axles will trade out to replace it with. Someone told me I could use a Ford axle.Can anyone give me advise on what will work. Thank you

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Unread 07-28-2009, 09:20 PM   #2
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Try the XJ section for a better response. You are in the ZJ WJ tech section.
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Unread 07-28-2009, 09:26 PM   #3
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You can open the differential by removing the cover and looking inside. It could also be in need of oil. remove the oil plug (plastic or threaded) and stick your finger inside and down to feel if it has oil in it. Sometimes the oil seals wear-out and leak out all the oil, then make noise.

As for the Ford axle the most common swap for that is a 8.8 or 9.0 depending on the size of you vehicle. One should have some technical knowledge for this swap though. You can also try finding a replacement axle at your local junkyard.

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Unread 07-28-2009, 09:47 PM   #4
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Guessing that you have a 2000 WJ, an 8.8/9" are not what you want for your situation. Almost any rear axle behind a 4.0 WJ will swap in (just be sure it's a dana 35, there is a small percentage that had d44a's behind the 4.0 with the tow package but it's very rare). Also make sure it's the same gear ratio. If you are going to be going ~33" tires or bigger in the future, a d44a from any V8 WJ will swap in very easily, the only modification you need to make is to shorten the driveshaft (and re-gear the front axle if you don't have 3.73's already).
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