I have decided to start a thread documenting some wheeling trips & modifications that I will do/have done to my DD/Trail TJ. So far I've done some mild modifications to it i.e. lift & tires (nothing too crazy)
1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport.
Original specs (when I bought it):
-D30/D35 w/ factory limited slip
-231 T-case w/ an advanced adapters sye. & DC driveshaft.
-4" zone coils
-adjustable upper and lower currie control arms & antirock
-ZJ Tie Rod Swap
-Rokmen High clearance skid
-D30 Locked & F8.8 w/ factory limited slip
I’d like more peace of mind about my Tj's capability out on the trails and I eventually would like to tackle more difficult trails so my next big project is the Ford 8.8 I can’t really justify spending $ on anything else until addressing my rear axle & 3.55 stock gears.
I would have gone the Super 35 route if Superior Axle was still around but since that’s no longer an option the 8.8 is looking more promising. I exercise plenty of caution out on the trails because I’m overly paranoid of snapping one of the shafts on my D35.
I was really close to re-gearing my stock axles to 456 to accommodate for my current setup on 33 tires but I am glad I didn’t. 1200 bucks towards re-gearing would be better off going towards an 8.8
I’m leaning towards an 8.8 from ECGS because I haven’t learned to weld yet and haven’t gotten around to buying a welder. A Tj ready bolt in 8.8 setup with gears is still several hundred dollars cheaper than even the cheapest D44 G2 axle. I have absolutely NOTHING against G2 but I’d personally rather put the extra few hundred bucks towards steering or brakes. I don’t like the idea of losing clearance with the lower hanging 8.8 pumpkin but I’m willing to save a few hundred bucks and just deal with the slight loss of diff clearance.
last month's updates coming shortly