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Unread 10-26-2010, 06:18 PM   #1
thansenwo0o
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new chevy 350- beef up my dana 35 or replace it?

im throwing a chevy 350 in my YJ so i can go harder on the trails BUT i have little faith in the mighty stock and unlocked dana 35. im trying to decide:

A. welding a support bar w/diff cover + 35 spline locker with alloy shafts

B. replacing the the whole thing

ADVICE?!

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Unread 10-26-2010, 06:48 PM   #2
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im throwing a chevy 350 in my YJ so i can go harder on the trails BUT i have little faith in the mighty stock and unlocked dana 35. im trying to decide:

A. welding a support bar w/diff cover + 35 spline locker with alloy shafts

B. replacing the the whole thing

ADVICE?!
You don't need a 350... you need to learn how to drive.

Drop the D35 and look for at least a D44 or Ford 8.8... what size tires you planning on?

My stock 4.0 with the right gears goes anywhere I need it to. Gearing is where it's at... horsepower will just break stuff faster
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Unread 10-26-2010, 07:28 PM   #3
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haha yeah yeah ive gotten that before.

we have one laying arround the shop staring at me so... daydreams

right now ive got an old rattling 2.5 and every time someone hops in i can feel the weight. it simply isn't doin it for me.(mainly on the street anyways) i figure since im going to swap it i mite as well go all the way. a buddy also has a 305 with low miles.

i plan on having 33 or 35x12.5 tires to answer your question
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Unread 10-26-2010, 07:32 PM   #4
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haha yeah yeah ive gotten that before.

we have one laying arround the shop staring at me so... daydreams

right now ive got an old rattling 2.5 and every time someone hops in i can feel the weight. it simply isn't doin it for me.(mainly on the street anyways) i figure since im going to swap it i mite as well go all the way. a buddy also has a 305 with low miles.

i plan on having 33 or 35x12.5 tires to answer your question
A Ford 8.8 should be plenty, just don't drive like an idiot and you'll be fine. The D35 in stock form has a hard enough time staying together.
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Unread 10-27-2010, 03:29 PM   #5
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I agree go with the 8.8 such an easy swap! my buddy did one into his 94 yj and it takes an *** kickin, and he has had 0 problems. Try to find one out of an exploder that had disc brakes.
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Unread 04-30-2012, 11:28 PM   #6
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what about the front end? i dont hear many people talk about swapping the front end.
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Unread 08-06-2013, 04:33 PM   #7
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I am well aware of the D35 being a turd. I just got a sweet deal on a SBC YJ it still has the 35 in it. I am living in sicily at the moment and dont really have the means to get a hold of a JY 8.8 or any other rear-end for that matter. I plan on just leaving it open, getting some alloy shafts for it and crossing my fingers. All the threads I can find are just people saying the 35 is gonna break and they suck and blah, blah, blah. None of them are running a SBC and half of them probably have not broke a 35. My advice is carry some spare shafts and spider gears and go have fun. If it breaks, it breaks. I am forced to push mine to the limits with my situation.

as for the D30, your front end might last a little longer with the high pinion design. however your U joints and housing will be weak points (because the housing is the vacuum disconnect). I would just wheel em both and start saving your money, eventually you will need it for axles. FRONT and REAR.

Like I said before, I really dont have the means to go with anything else so I will upgrade shafts and take it easy on the skinny pedal until I get back to the states.
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