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Unread 09-07-2012, 09:54 PM   #1
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What axel can i use in a 99 tj?

I Have a 99 tj wrangler and the rear differential went out. I heard its better to buy a used rear end but the local junk yard only has Cherokees. I am wondering what rear ends I can use in a 99 wrangler

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Unread 09-08-2012, 07:40 AM   #2
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You "can" use many different axles, although a lot of them require significant work. If you're actually asking what will bolt up easily, you need either an axle from another TJ/LJ or you need to buy a crate axle.
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you need either an axle from another TJ/LJ or you need to buy a crate axle.

Or a TJ/TJL Rubicon Dana 44. or make work a Ford 8.8 or Dana 44

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Or if you happen to live close you can come get the one out of my yard!

Many will work, few will bolt in. Gear ratio needs to match front also.
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I live in Wilmington, NC. I checked the local junk yards and couldn't find a tj. If anyone knows a place in eastern NC I could go I would appreciate it
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I live in Wilmington, NC. I checked the local junk yards and couldn't find a tj. If anyone knows a place in eastern NC I could go I would appreciate it
TJs in JYs are a pretty rare find. Your best bet for used axles is forum classifieds and CL. Either that or you go to vendor. For you East Coast Gear Supply is close enough for you that you could physically pickup and save the shipping (which can be material). They are pretty well regarded around here.
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As said above, craigslist is the place to be. Especially because everyone is getting rid of their stock d35 so you can pick one of those up dirt cheap.
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Especially because everyone is getting rid of their stock d35 so you can pick one of those up dirt cheap.
If you just want "an" axle, this is the way to go.

If you want an axle to build on (if you have or plan tires bigger than 33", etc, etc) the Dana 44 out of another TJ is your easiest, cheapest option.

Beyond that, a Ford 8.8 from ECGS is a good option... and it goes up from there.

If you're handy and have the tools (welder, etc) you can get a 44 or 8.8 from another vehicle and fab the mounts yourself. You'll want to make sure it's the 31 spline shafts, not 28 spline, and check the width.

Front and rear gears matching is something to check on all these options.
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I talked to the guy from ECGS today and it seems like the 8.8 works best for me since I don't do any serious off roading and custom fitting something myself isn't really an option. I appreciate the help from everyone
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