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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 09-17-2012, 12:15 PM   #16
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I ran my open 35 with 33's and a 4.0 for three years without a problem in moderate to hard trails. I never got stuck driving across a field either.

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Unread 09-17-2012, 12:31 PM   #17
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im reluctant to post in here as my open 35 has not had any issues off road......... yet.....
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Unread 09-17-2012, 12:38 PM   #18
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I got stuck after driving only about 10 miles across this field, so did the locked V8 CJ I was with though. Probably 3-5' of snow, couldn't find the bottom.

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Unread 09-17-2012, 12:57 PM   #19
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....Just thought I'd share the info.............
Thanks..... That is the kind of hard feedback I'm looking for.
Your uncle & I sound alike in our trail riding.... but I'm on 33's with chrome/moly shafts. I have started getting into some heavy 3 diamond trails and some easier 4 diamond trails. Love it but wondering if my D35 does also?

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Unread 09-17-2012, 01:05 PM   #20
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you're joking, right? my open D35 did just fine on the mtn trails in western Va.
OK...let me rephrase.
Around here, an open 35 is not an option an any trails that I've been on..... unless D30 is locked??

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Unread 09-17-2012, 01:44 PM   #21
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OK...let me rephrase.
Around here, an open 35 is not an option an any trails that I've been on..... unless D30 is locked??

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D30 locked would be the way to go since it can take a beating better than a D35, in my post I meant "Why not D35 open" because the general consensus is that
A) Locking a D35 is asking for trouble and
B) for the price of a locker you can get a better rear axle, which is usually what is done.
The question only covers the D35, so chances are you'll find more people wheeling it open until it explodes then swapping it, or swapping wheeling it open and swapping it before it explodes...
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Unread 09-17-2012, 05:52 PM   #22
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OK...let me rephrase.
Around here, an open 35 is not an option an any trails that I've been on..... unless D30 is locked??

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i have heard that before, and proved them wrong. driver skill over everything else.
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Unread 09-17-2012, 10:38 PM   #23
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I broke my D35 almost 5 years ago in Calico with LS. After I realized it was a turd, I just learned to be smooth and easy on the skinny pedal. I've had no problems since then with 33's up until I finally swapped axles this year. The bad thing is when you wheel with the D35, there's always that thought in the back of your head, what if..... Just change it and you'll be happier in the long run.
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Unread 09-18-2012, 07:57 AM   #24
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... The bad thing is when you wheel with the D35, there's always that thought in the back of your head, what if.....
That's exactly where I'm stuck! Avoiding med hard trails because of no trailer and 3 Hrs. +/- from home.
I need two major upgrades (rear axle and 4:1 T-case) and can't decide which to do first.... since it will be at least 6 months till I can do the second?

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Unread 09-18-2012, 08:00 AM   #25
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You cannot compare a 4 banger (2.5L) to the experience with a 4.0L...
Right, I know. I was just giving the OP some info on that particular set-up w/ a D35.
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That's exactly where I'm stuck! Avoiding med hard trails because of no trailer and 3 Hrs. +/- from home.
I need two major upgrades (rear axle and 4:1 T-case) and can't decide which to do first.... since it will be at least 6 months till I can do the second?

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Rear axle.

A 4:1 t-case will be applying even more torque to that little d35
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Unread 09-18-2012, 01:47 PM   #27
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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.
My open d35 does fine with 33's at rausch creek.....
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Unread 09-18-2012, 07:14 PM   #28
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That's exactly where I'm stuck! Avoiding med hard trails because of no trailer and 3 Hrs. +/- from home.
I need two major upgrades (rear axle and 4:1 T-case) and can't decide which to do first.... since it will be at least 6 months till I can do the second?

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Definitely the rear axle! I think it's more of a necessity. The T-case is something you just want.
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Unread 09-18-2012, 07:37 PM   #29
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Driver skills is the main factor for D35 survivability. I have seen 2 100% factory stock TJ's snap a D35 axle shaft. One on a grassy hill, and one on a sandy hill with small rocks. One of the locals ran 32's for several years on his XJ with an open D35. Another local XJ snapped his open D35 on his first trip on new 31's.

My Limited Slip D35 was in the scrap bin when I lifted 3" and installed 31's. It did however survive a week long trip to Moab and another week in central Colorado on 30x9.5's.
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Unread 09-18-2012, 08:56 PM   #30
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X whatever on the rear axle, that is the weak link between the two.
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