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Unread 09-05-2013, 11:09 AM   #1
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8.25 rear end experiences

I have the 8.25 chrystler rear end in my xj and i was wondering what kind of experiences people have had with them. I heard from one guy that they were similar to d44s in strength and another person told me to junk it as soon as possible. I have 35x12.50s right now with stock gearing and an open diff and so far it has done pretty good for me. I dont do much crawling, mostly soupy mudding, and was wondering if i could lock out my rear end with 33x10.50s without issue, and if so, could i go any bigger?

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The 8.25 isn't a bad axle, if you are only in mud and not bouncing it over rocks and keeping it floored you should be ok
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The Chry 8.25 is almost as strong as a D44. It has plenty of locker and gearing choices, and will bolt on swap disk brakes from a KJ Liberty. Anybody that tells you different is mistaken. It will handle 33's no problem and 35's if you drive like an adult. The Dana 35 is the turd you do not want.
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The Chry 8.25 is almost as strong as a D44. It has plenty of locker and gearing choices, and will bolt on swap disk brakes from a KJ Liberty. Anybody that tells you different is mistaken. It will handle 33's no problem and 35's if you drive like an adult. The Dana 35 is the turd you do not want.
Hahaha yeah i was so happy when i found out i didnt have a dana 35. I try to drive it just as hard as the trail demands and not test my limits since its a daily driver
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The 8.25 isn't a bad axle, if you are only in mud and not bouncing it over rocks and keeping it floored you should be ok
The rocks around my area are pathetic and my jeep still doesnt crawl up them (to high of tire pressure im pretty sure) so i stay away from them usually. Ive only bounced a few times and after the first bounce i let off and either try to re approach my obstacle or just stop trying.


On a side note, how do you like your power ram? Their one of my favorite trucks from a non owner stand point.
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On a side note, how do you like your power ram? Their one of my favorite trucks from a non owner stand point.
I loved it, loved building it and loved using it for everything, unfortunately i sold the Power Ram
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I loved it, loved building it and loved using it for everything, unfortunately i sold the Power Ram
Aww crap thats a heartbreaker
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The 8.25 has only 2 weak points. The crap drum brakes and the center pin bolt. Otherwise its great. It'll hold 35's with a locker the way you drive.
You can also put the disc brakes off of a zj Dana 35 on it with a little grinding
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The 8.25 has only 2 weak points. The crap drum brakes and the center pin bolt. Otherwise its great. It'll hold 35's with a locker the way you drive.
You can also put the disc brakes off of a zj Dana 35 on it with a little grinding
My breaks are pretty bad. They dont sink to the floor at all but stopping on a dime just isnt going to happen. As for that pin bolt is there anyway to make it stronger? Or is it just an inherent flaw?
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I put a locker in mine. It hasn't let me down in 2 years of hard Florida Mudding on 33's.
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The 8.25 has only 2 weak points. The crap drum brakes and the center pin bolt.
Drum brakes are the same, no matter what axle they are on. The Chry 8.25 will also accept Ford disk brakes with a little bit of work.

Do you mean the cross shaft retainer bolt, and what is the issue with it ? Many D35 and D44 also have the same type of retaining bolt.

My Chry 8.25 is has no issues, even with a locker installed.
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I put a locker in mine. It hasn't let me down in 2 years of hard Florida Mudding on 33's.
How wide are your tires? I want 12.50s for the look but im still not sure. Thanks for your feedback regardless though
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I have seem and heard of the stock bolt failing. It maybe a weak metal.
I run 12.50's.
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