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Unread 06-30-2013, 11:50 AM   #1
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rear axle replacement?????

I have a 95 4.0 zj and i see alot of people talking about 8.8 rear ends I know this makes me sound ignorant but I'm young and only been into jeeps year or so. I like mudding and wonder how a different rear end would effect the jeep

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Unread 06-30-2013, 12:36 PM   #2
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I have a 95 4.0 zj and i see alot of people talking about 8.8 rear ends I know this makes me sound ignorant but I'm young and only been into jeeps year or so. I like mudding and wonder how a different rear end would effect the jeep
It all depends on your plans for your zj. If you like mudding and you plan on 33-35 inch+ tires then it may be a plausable swap for you seeing as an 8.8 is much stronger. But if your plans are stock or BB and 31s then just keep your stock dana 35 its plenty strong for that. Just give us more info and what your plans for the jeep are.
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Unread 06-30-2013, 02:24 PM   #3
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It all depends on your plans for your zj. If you like mudding and you plan on 33-35 inch+ tires then it may be a plausable swap for you seeing as an 8.8 is much stronger. But if your plans are stock or BB and 31s then just keep your stock dana 35 its plenty strong for that. Just give us more info and what your plans for the jeep are.
I have 31's on now but now that there on I want bigger. My plans r it's a daily driver but I want it to do anything and go anywhere. All purpose tank lol it will have a suspension lift and a steel bumper with winch and so on and so forth the normal toys I see
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Unread 06-30-2013, 03:47 PM   #4
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I have 31's on now but now that there on I want bigger. My plans r it's a daily driver but I want it to do anything and go anywhere. All purpose tank lol it will have a suspension lift and a steel bumper with winch and so on and so forth the normal toys I see
Well then an 8.8 swap looks like it may be right for you. Just make sure that when you get yours from the jy that you match gears and bolt pattern. An older ford explorer is your best bet. Now is the time and use that search button haha many threads have already been started on this subject and will answer all your questions along with where the best place to buy your bracket kit is. Hope you find all the answers if not come back and ask!
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Unread 06-30-2013, 05:18 PM   #5
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Well then an 8.8 swap looks like it may be right for you. Just make sure that when you get yours from the jy that you match gears and bolt pattern. An older ford explorer is your best bet. Now is the time and use that search button haha many threads have already been started on this subject and will answer all your questions along with where the best place to buy your bracket kit is. Hope you find all the answers if not come back and ask!
I'm all ears for suggestions
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Unread 06-30-2013, 05:45 PM   #6
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lots of people run the artec truss kit. i think thats the route i will be going eventually. others use the iro bracket kit with great results as well. really depends what you want to spend and how strong you want it to be.
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Unread 06-30-2013, 05:49 PM   #7
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Wat if I wanna stick with dana? any other axles that r better that bolt up?
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Wat if I wanna stick with dana? any other axles that r better that bolt up?
dana 44a out of a 96-98 ZJ with the V8. direct bolt in, no welding required. it is not the same as an iron dana 44 though. the pumpkin is aluminum. not quite as strong as the 8.8, but i hear of guys running 35s all the time on the 44a. hardly any aftermarket for the 44a though. IIRC theres only 2 lockers available, and they are not selectable lockers. nothing from the iron 44 is the same
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dana 44a out of a 96-98 ZJ with the V8. direct bolt in, no welding required. it is not the same as an iron dana 44 though. the pumpkin is aluminum. not quite as strong as the 8.8, but i hear of guys running 35s all the time on the 44a. hardly any aftermarket for the 44a though. IIRC theres only 2 lockers available, and they are not selectable lockers. nothing from the iron 44 is the same
Wat u mean selectable
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Wat u mean selectable
Its mechanical and locks when the other wheel slips. With a selectable you choose when it is locked or not.
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Unread 06-30-2013, 06:11 PM   #11
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The D35 is only exceeded in suckiness by the D44A. D44A is not an improvement when replacing a D35. And as noted already, nobody makes anything for the D44A, and the D44A eats bearings like they are popcorn.

Any axle that didn't originally come under a ZJ will need modifications which may include cutting and welding, gear swaps, and/or custom length drive shafts.
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Its mechanical and locks when the other wheel slips. With a selectable you choose when it is locked or not.
Does 35 have them available
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Does 35 have them available
Yes sir it does
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Yes sir it does
Wat kind of prices
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Unread 06-30-2013, 07:26 PM   #15
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about the same as any other axle. but you need to wheel with a light foot on a locked 35.
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