an 8.8 isn't much stronger than a Dana 44, which is a stock axle. Plus it's a c-clip axle, so it's a D35 with the strength of a D44.
Either way, you're a twit for running 38.5's on it, not to mention the D30 up front.
Hope you don't bust your balljoints and send one of those into one of my parents' cars while they're on their way to work.
Sorry man, but I'm gonna have to say your an idiot if you think that an 8.8 is between a dana 35 and 44 lol…And you do realize that C-clips has nothing to do with an axles strength right?! C-clips only make a difference if you snap an axle shaft…the axle can walk out…although with factory disc brakes on an 8.8…the axle will not be able to walk out anyway. You should probably know more about axles and rears before you try to talk about and compare them.
yeah, I'm aware that the c-clips don't determine strength. But IF you break a shaft, that ruins your day. I also said that an 8.8 isn't MUCH STRONGER than a D44(I.E. it's not between a D35 and D44 in terms of strength alone), then you're adding that extra potential for disaster if you do break a shaft.
Which is highly likely if you "do wheelstands on pavement" with 38.5's.
For me, that brings the 8.8 down a notch relative to the D44. And neither of which I would trust, even with chromo shafts, to running 38.5's.
I'd also like to see you explain how two caliper bolts on a weak cast caliper bracket designed for gradual loading in a rotational direction, not shock loading in a lateral direction, are sufficient to retain a 38.5" tire and broken axle shaft that wants to walk away. But since you're Mr. Knowledgeable, I'm sure you already know that you're full of ****.
There's a reason that it's common knowledge that if you go larger than 36's, it's a good idea to get away from 1/4-1/2 ton running gear. Which is what you're running.
I won't get into the discussion of 38s on an d30/8.8
But I've contemplated this myself, to take the 15x7 to 15x8 or 9, to run a 33x12.50 or 35x12.50 a little safer, and make it more asthetically pleasing to MY eye as I like the way the wheel looks, especially if it was like the Willys Edition Wheel, powdercoated afterwards......
1989 YJ Sahara, 4.2, 5spd, AC, 4" rough country, 35" dick cepek crushers on cragar soft 8's, tj flares, smittybilt seats, stereo console, smittybilt stinger, and rear tire carrier...