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Unread 12-01-2013, 07:25 PM   #1
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Rear end swap

I have 1990 xj loredo with a dana 35 rear end that seized up. Will the stock rear end from a 97 grand cherokee be compatible with it?

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Unread 12-02-2013, 08:32 PM   #2
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No. The Grand Axle is coil spring. All the mounts would need to be cut off and new ones welded on. Any newer Regular Cherokee will work. Drive shaft change with an 8.25 Chrysler version.

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Unread 12-02-2013, 10:37 PM   #3
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DS change with transmission too.

A Chrysler 8.25 out of a 97+ XJ is a beast. Don't forget the gear ratio MUST match. If you drive a 4.0L automatic, chances are you'll have the same gear ratio as a 4.0L automatic donor.
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Unread 12-03-2013, 11:03 AM   #4
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Fix your 35
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Unread 12-03-2013, 06:22 PM   #5
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don't fix a junk Dana35 get a Ford 8.8 with disc
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Unread 12-03-2013, 06:44 PM   #6
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Any XJ Cherokee axle will bolt in swap into any other XJ Cherokee. Find an XJ with a matching gear ratio, same as the broken one.

A Dana 35 is not worth the time or money to fix, and Ford 8.8 requires welding fabrication and driveshaft adaptations.

I was at the junkyard last weekend and they had 5-6 XJ Cherokees.
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Unread 12-04-2013, 12:06 AM   #7
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Fix your 35
You knew it would start when you said that lol lol.
Btw you were right on the built 35's. Saw it in action. Pretty good beat a 9" in a tug off.

But like what's above simple and fast is to just get another xj rear
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Unread 12-04-2013, 07:54 AM   #8
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It amazes me, but i didn't expect it since the post didn't even hint at needing anything other than to fix what he has, and it turned into building something and make a repair into a project.
Any xj axle can have some issue you have no idea of coming from a jy, and INSTEAD of doing it right and repairing yours so you have atleast another 200k miles of non issues, or more, buying a jy piece and maybe get a year or 2 weeks .....or 1 minute..is a gamble.
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Unread 12-04-2013, 11:28 AM   #9
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One might assume that a 1990 XJ is probably not a high value vehicle worth an 8.8 axle swap or even an axle rebuild.


Used drum to drum XJ Cherokee axle assemblies are $89 at the local U-Pull-It junkyard, and even the full service yard sells them for $150. I have bought about 20 axles from them, and the only one of that 20 that was a clunker, I forgot to inspect it before I bought it.
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Unread 12-04-2013, 11:43 AM   #10
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Any xj or real jeep for that matter is worth fixing or rebuilding. Its all up to the owner.
But you're both right. If you have the time and funds then build the axle you have.
If not then replacement is cheap easy and fast.
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Unread 12-04-2013, 05:48 PM   #11
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I have bought about 20 axles from them, and the only one of that 20 that was a clunker, I forgot to inspect it before I bought it.
You did say you bought 20 of them, not 2, but TWENTY.

Buying 20 of them you still consider that better than having it done right and then you know what you're starting with rather than buying something from a jy who might have had the dana 35 like mine that has been seeing 700 plus hp since 2005, or maybe its the one that has been run out of oil from a leak several times, or it's been abused by a jeep guy who doesn't know when to get off the gas pedal and already has a chipped tooth, and it's just waiting to get lodged in the gears right around mile 3 after you instal it...

Point is he didn't break it from not knowing when to take his foot off the gas pedal while attempting to bounce over something, he locked it up, and he never said how, for all we know he had a leak and ignored it, still, better, smarter and more beneficial to redo that then get into a UNKNOWN and play weekend project turns into a week project and other issues and then the unseen little things that wind up costing just as much or even more usually than just fixing it right.

. Also you pick it yards aren't all over and neither are those prices.

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Unread 12-04-2013, 06:55 PM   #12
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At least 20 if not more. I would have to go out in the garage and count to be sure exactly how many are in there today. I fix wrecks, build and sell lifted XJ's, and sell XJ D44's on eBay.

I would guess the OP, Thebeast90, does not have the tools/skills to do his own axle rebuild, or the money to pay a shop to rebuild the D35. Beside, it is a D35. A decent low miles XJ Chry 8.25 can be swapped in using hand tools, in the driveway. If a person is not knowledgeable enough to inspect an axle for abuse or unusual wear, most bigger junkyard will also sell you a limited warranty on their used parts.

For about the cost of an axle rebuild kit a person could have a decent used axle with warranty.

Makes no difference to me what anybody does, but an 8.8 swap is not the answer to every axle situation, and used parts are certainly a low cost option. Thebeast90 can have the old XJ D35 in my garage, I just haven't got around to hauling it to the scrapyard.
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Unread 12-04-2013, 08:24 PM   #13
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Having broken 4 D35's, for the cost of the hard parts you can get a 8.25 chrysler rear from another XJ and bolt it right in. It not worthy of a rebuild



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You did say you bought 20 of them, not 2, but TWENTY.

Buying 20 of them you still consider that better than having it done right and then you know what you're starting with rather than buying something from a jy who might have had the dana 35 like mine that has been seeing 700 plus hp since 2005, or maybe its the one that has been run out of oil from a leak several times, or it's been abused by a jeep guy who doesn't know when to get off the gas pedal and already has a chipped tooth, and it's just waiting to get lodged in the gears right around mile 3 after you instal it...

Point is he didn't break it from not knowing when to take his foot off the gas pedal while attempting to bounce over something, he locked it up, and he never said how, for all we know he had a leak and ignored it, still, better, smarter and more beneficial to redo that then get into a UNKNOWN and play weekend project turns into a week project and other issues and then the unseen little things that wind up costing just as much or even more usually than just fixing it right.

. Also you pick it yards aren't all over and neither are those prices.

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700hp on a D35 since 2005? Anyone else wanna call it what it is?

Post that up on PBB and let me know how it works out for you.
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700hp on a D35 since 2005? Anyone else wanna call it what it is?
S.A.D. , Tell you what, whenever you want to lose some money you can line right up next it there jack, i would be happy to take a few thousand off of you, 2 bets, 1. you lose for a thousand and 2. it's a d-35 all stock for an additional thousand.

I'll put up the vid of my jeep embarrassing you severely, bring something exotic and expensive that's my specialty.

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Unread 12-06-2013, 11:05 AM   #15
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S.A.D. , Tell you what, whenever you want to lose some money you can line right up next it there jack, i would be happy to take a few thousand off of you, 2 bets, 1. you lose for a thousand and 2. it's a d-35 all stock for an additional thousand.

I'll put up the vid of my jeep embarrassing you severely, bring something exotic and expensive that's my specialty.

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Got my attention, how about some videos?
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