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Unread 07-27-2014, 10:02 AM   #1
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Dana 35 axle situation.

Jeep in question is a ZJ. Also, this needs to be done by Aug 25th since it will become a commuter vehicle then.

My dana 35 howls when driving above 45. I brought it in to a shop to have them look and they said my bearing were all bad. Quoted me at 1015.00. This seemed stupidly high to me. I thought I could find a dana 44a but have had absolutely no luck, or if I do find one it is 3 hours away and the wrong gear ratio.

I was looking online and found this kit- http://eastcoastgearsupply.com/i-126...it-master.html

I figure this would have everything needed to fix up my issues. If this kit is so cheap though, where did the 1015 come from? 900 in labor to install bearing?

Does anybody know how long this job should take on book time? If it is not too long I might just rebuild the dana 35 for the simplicity of that situation. I run a 31 inch tire and will probably only ever go that high.

Also wanted to mention this to see if it is an option. A dana super 35 kit. This includes all bearing and everything and a locker. Making the axle stronger than that dana 44a.

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Unread 07-27-2014, 10:24 AM   #2
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Just to verify, my D35 needs a pinion bearing and a ds axle seal: $840. I would do it myself and only pay for the repair kit, but if the gear lash, shims, or preload on the bearing are not done right you'll be getting it fixed again really soon.
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Unread 07-29-2014, 08:43 PM   #3
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Not sure why they are charging you 1015 for bearings, i'd talk to some people look for a reputable driveline shop. It shouldn't be more than 600 to do the bearings and reset it.

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Unread 07-30-2014, 05:40 PM   #4
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Get a Ford 8.8 don't drop a dime into a Dana35
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