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View Poll Results: Myth or fiction - D35's don't hold up?
Off Road with factory D35 (LSD or locked) and No Problems 70 57.38%
OFf Road w/ D35 (LSD or locked) with Chrome Moly axle shafts and No Problems 17 13.93%
Off Road with Super D35, and No Problems 10 8.20%
Have broken axle shafts when off road with D35 rear axle 22 18.03%
Have broken axle shafts when off road with D35 and chrome moly axle shafts 2 1.64%
Have broken axle shafts when off road with Superf 35 Kit 1 0.82%
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Unread 09-16-2012, 09:38 AM   #1
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Facts on Off Roading with Dana 35 Rear Axles

I want hands on experience, not what you've heard or read. I read they are terible but run into many on the trail that just act with reasonable caution and claim to have have no problems??
As I get into more and more advanced trails, I wonder how protected I am?

Please ........ Explain below how you voted and any variations or exceptions.......

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Unread 09-16-2012, 12:19 PM   #2
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You forgot one:

On road with Dana 35 and 31" tires. <-- That's me. Twice.

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Unread 09-16-2012, 08:11 PM   #3
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I can not vote because I personally have not broken one, but I have seen two break.
The first one broke halfway up a rock ledge and they rolled twice back down.
(that is when I replaced mine with a 9 inch)
The second one was going across a ditch.
Go to youtube and put in Dana 35 break.
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Unread 09-16-2012, 08:14 PM   #4
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Where's the option for stock D35 open?
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Unread 09-16-2012, 08:32 PM   #5
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First thing you have to understand about the D35 is people with the 4.0L are going to have a different experience than people with the 2.5L. Tire size and wheel-n style will also play a role. However, the D35 will take abuse only for so long, before it explodes. It might explode on the trail. it might explode while driving to work.

I replaced my D35 while I still had 30 inch tires as I didn't want to risk it any longer. I never had any trouble, but there was a spell where every time we went off road, someone had D35 issues in the group. I knew a guy that bragged about his Super 35 and the fact that he never had an issue out of it. Then one day his Daughter was driving the Jeep to school, and the D35 exploded at 45 mph and sent Jeep into a roll..... luckily she was not hurt.

Locking a D35 is just asking for trouble IMO. The D35 has weak axle shafts, weak axle tubes, drum brakes, brackets made from coke cans, if you change the gear ratio, the R&P is small and fragile. Like a chain, your axle is only as strong as the weakest link in it. Most of these issues can be resolved to a limited degree... However, by time you do so, you will have a boat load of money tied up in what is commonly considered a second rate axle at best.
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Unread 09-16-2012, 10:30 PM   #6
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I have Stock 30 and 35 in my 98 TJ w/33x12.50's. I have about 45k miles on this set up. A few years ago I bought a TrueTrack for the rear and 4.88 gears. I've never installed them because I believe the axles will break, and I don't have the $ to replace them. I figured this out after I bought the parts.

I can pretty much get anywhere I want. The only thing that stops me is when I feel I'm about to roll the jeep. I drive carefully, where other drivers use the skinny pedal, I pick a better line or just drive smarter. I know that if I start to spin then suddenly regain traction while heavy in the throttle, something will likely break, so I avoid that. I have quite a bit of useful articulation, and use it.

I doubt they would last if I were climbing waterfalls or hopping ledges, but that is not common where I live.
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Unread 09-17-2012, 05:51 AM   #7
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I doubt they would last if I were climbing waterfalls or hopping ledges, but that is not common where I live.

Where you live and wheel plays a role. In my area, a D35 has a short life span on the trails unless in stock condition. Locking a D35 with non stock size tires, in this area, is like the kiss of death. However, in Florida, because of the sandy soil, they have much better experience with locking a D35, even with larger tires.
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Unread 09-17-2012, 06:57 AM   #8
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Where's the option for stock D35 open?
Open 35 is not an option for any off roading more than a drive in the woods or across a field. JMO

Can't cover every combo of gears, tire, engines, etc. Tried to list most likely combos, from what I see out there.
Have only road trails with one TJ with open frt & rear axles and he held us up anytime we hit more than a smooth hill climb!

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Unread 09-17-2012, 07:09 AM   #9
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Okay - I'm gonna preface this with I do not have a D35 but I'm speaking/voting for my uncle who runs a '97 TJ, D35, locked, 4.10s, on 31's, manual 4 banger:

We have wheeled many times together and he has gone out a handful of times when I wasn't there. He has had no issues with this set-up. His wheelin style is not aggressive and the trails he runs at the high end of rating would be moderate/difficult. No rock crawling so to speak. He's pretty light on the skinny pedal and runs a Teraflex hand throttle so he sets his rpm's on a climb and runs steady.

All that being said, he is looking at jumping to 33s and when he does he'll probably at least swap to a SuperD35.

Just thought I'd share the info.............
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Open 35 is not an option for any off roading more than a drive in the woods or accross a field.
you're joking, right? my open D35 did just fine on the mtn trails in western Va.
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Open 35 is not an option for any off roading more than a drive in the woods or accross a field.
^^^ You have to be kidding?!?!?!?!?
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Where's the option for I broke a shaft into 3 pieces and broke all the spider gears open on 33s?
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That piece of shaft is stuck in the spider gear due to the splines twisting so bad.
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Okay - I'm gonna preface this with I do not have a D35 but I'm speaking/voting for my uncle who runs a '97 TJ, D35, locked, 4.10s, on 31's, manual 4 banger:

---snip--

All that being said, he is looking at jumping to 33s and when he does he'll probably at least swap to a SuperD35.

Just thought I'd share the info.............

You cannot compare a 4 banger (2.5L) to the experience with a 4.0L...
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Open 35 is not an option for any off roading more than a drive in the woods or across a field.
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