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Unread 12-18-2013, 01:23 AM   #1
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First thread here and getting ready to do a axle swap

Hey everyone! I'm just now getting around to introducing myself since I joined a few months ago. I've been gleaning as much info as I can and this forum is a great resource.
I picked up a 02 WJ back in June and have been loving every minute of owning it. I've had a couple minor repairs (Oil Pressure sending unit and a thermostat) but now I have a rear pinion bearing going out. The shop wanted $700 bucks to do the job so I opted for finding another D35 axle and do a swap.

I know this should be pretty straight forward but I figured I'd check in and see if there's anything I should keep an eye out for while doing the job.
While I've got everything torn apart I'm replacing the e-brake shoes (found out they are missing), changing out a warped brake rotor, and throwing on a 2" BB. I'm planning on putting Bilsteins on the end of January as long as nothing else takes a crap on me.

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Unread 12-18-2013, 01:25 AM   #2
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I would try for a D44A since you are replacing it anyhow. Better upgrade versus the D35
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Unread 12-18-2013, 01:31 AM   #3
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I was originally going to swap for the D44A but I looked high and low and there wasn't one to be found. It took me a month of persistent searching to find a D35 in decent shape.
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Unread 12-18-2013, 06:02 AM   #4
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That is funny as around here, the junkyards are FULL of them. My recommendation is to replace the pinion bearing in the existing axle.Opting to replace the whole axle is kind of like replacing a motor instead of popping in new spark plugs. Replacing the 44a you have with a D35 is just a major downgrade and pointless....
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Unread 12-18-2013, 06:34 AM   #5
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That is funny as around here, the junkyards are FULL of them. My recommendation is to replace the pinion bearing in the existing axle.Opting to replace the whole axle is kind of like replacing a motor instead of popping in new spark plugs. Replacing the 44a you have with a D35 is just a major downgrade and pointless....
He has a D35 and is replacing with same..


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Unread 12-18-2013, 09:51 PM   #6
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Haha thanks for clearing that up texlurch. Got all the parts ordered up tonight. When it's said and done I'll have put roughly $350 (axle, fluids, etc) in the swap and another $150ish in the other repairs and 2" BB. I think it will have worked out to my favor in the end. *knocks on wood*
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