Senior Web Wheeler
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Close to Austin, TX
Matt, I have the 8.25 as well.... 29 spline version. IMO people really underestimate it's strength... considering how close it is to a d44 in most measurements.
I had my hands on a d44, but considering how much I'd have to rebuild it I decided against it. I also looked at getting a ford 8.8, but I don't like wheel spacers and the 8.8 is 2" narrower. If you can get an XJ/MJ d44 for dirt cheap and it is in working order I'd go with that... but mine needed too much work.
So I built up my "Super 8.25" which also means I have spare shafts should the unforseen occur. My 8.25 was/is in good shape, no brake problems and I know it's straight ... plus it was a lot cheaper to bulk up my 8.25 than work on the d44.
Before finalizing my decision, I called a few drivetrain places (Drivetrain Direct, Randys, west coast) and was pretty much told the same thing by all. The 8.25 with 29 splines would be more than fine with 33s & stock shafts. Heck one tech guy told me he has the 27 spline on his XJ and beats it to death on the rocks with 32s, stock shafts and a locker. So considering the 29 spline is that much stronger I figured I'd be fine with 33s.
Anyway, I dropped Yukon Alloy shafts (Just to be overkill and to have spares ... just in case), Yukon 4.56s and powertrax in mine. I know it's tough and I'm super pleased with it's performance.
Only potential down fall I see to the 8.25 is the c-clip, but with the alloy shafts I don't forsee any problems....
... an no sidewindin' bushwackin', hornswagglin' cracker croaker is gonna rouin me bishen cutter.
Last edited by LOCKED UP; 08-29-2003 at 10:35 AM.