This what I find amusing....everyone says "35 is ****" but nobody says WHAT is **** about it. They are known for leaking? So are Harley's. Look, its the stock axle on a vehicle that people buy and go offroad with. I garuntee if all jeeps came with 44's people would say the same. Search youtube "dana 35 grenade" and you come up with a bunch of videos with 44's blowing out.....everyone starts with the 35 so of course thats what everyone ruins first. This axle was 20 years old and I beat the **** out of it since I bought it. Now the spider gears broke when I was clearly over-doing it. Im beginning to see that everyone just regurgitates what they have heard, but not experienced.
You were playing and loading and unloading a open diff, shocking a tire that keeps losing traction and you broke the spider..
Guess what, that happens to EVERY diff that people do that to, it doesn't make the diff junk and going to explode, it's driver error and you learned what not to do.
I have a 8.5 10 bolt on the lift in a gm p/u, with exactly the same break BUT from doing 1 wheel burnouts, thats another way to kill spiders.
I also have on the other lift a D-44 in a Jeep also with a broken S P I D E R.... that then took out the ring and pin.
Maybe it's just the drivers doing things they shouldn't or not knowing when to lift, but surely it's not the diffs fault.
Otherwise i would be BREAKING D-35s 16 times a day
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