How can you be a Jeeper and not read JP magazine! They say the dana 35 is a turd.So many people waste there time and money only to down the road get a better axle.
Yea because JP is the end all be all publication
Plenty of people make the D35 survive with the Super 35 kit on 35" tires. As I said do some research and decide for yourself. Don't base the decision solely on what JP posts. Some of the stuff in that magazine is worthless anyways.
I had a stock dana 35 with 3.07s and 35's. wheeled the hell outta it and nothing ever happend to it. swapped it once it got the 8.8 done, but like i said, i abused the hell outta mine with 150k miles on it and it loved every min of it.
02 TJ X-HP D30 front-spartan locker and cromo'd-8.8 rear with new limited slip and cromo's-4.88's-35 BFG AT's FOR SALE!! send me a PM if interested
I wheeled with one on the old YJ.
It lasted until I swapped it, which is all it had to do at the time.
Now I know better, and have first hand witnessed them breaking, I wouldn't put a penny into one myself. Too easy to ruin a good day IMHO.
Can they last with gentle throttle? Probably.
Are they a ticking time bomb? For sure.
Also consider that some peoples version of "wheeling" is a lot different than others. I play on rocks in the Midwest, which means the tires are damp at times, and need a little wheel spin to get traction. If you play on different terrain, and wheel on more gentle trails, it could last a while.
The HP30 though, can last with 37's and low gearing if you are kind and sink some money into it.
I ran one with Chromo axles, ARB and 4.88's. I could break u joints on command when I put the 4.3:1 Atlas in, where I never had breakage before. I dropped some Yukon Super Joints in it, and it was fine after that. I probably had too much money in it at the time, but it worked and came on the rig.
A Ford 8.8 can be had cheap, and there is a reason it is a very popular swap in Jeeps that had a 35 out back.
1998 XJ on 37's.JK Rubi axles with chromo shafts and ctm's, 4:1 transfer case, etc etc etc.
2003 Range Rover HSE, 4.4 Quad Cam.
1998 Range Rover with a 6.0 LSx
1994 YJ, 4.3/700R4/OME SOA, etc
Western Star 4900EX 4 axle.
4.3/700r4/new frame buildup (YJ).... http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/swap-offically-underway-324622/