With the information that I have read on the forums about the dana 35.... If I placed 35 inch tires on my 2001 WJ it the stock d35 will explode!! What if f I get a front and rear axles from an 8cyl WJ the rear being a d44. Then I could change the gears either 4.10 or 4.56(what would be better) then would the axles be all set with 35 inch tires??????????
After a little more searching I may have found another option.......... change the gears front and rear (4.56) Install a dana 35 Detroit TrueTrac Limited Slip (it is not a locker) and an assuie or sparton in the front. The tires that I want are toyo mt 295 70 17r they are 34 inch tires on the toyo website.
My question is how would the aussie only lock when 4wd is in play.
Lunchbox lockers, I.e. Aussie, spartan, only lock when torque is applied. When in 2wd no torque is being sent to the front so it won't lock up.
That is the biggest problem with a lunchbox, its all or nothing.
With selectables front and back, you can have 1 wheel pull or 2 or 3 or heck all 4. It just depends on what's engaged and what's not.
Not very many people are going to recommend that you keep that d35 though. It's your jeep though and depending on how you drive it you may be one of the lucky ones. I blew up a d35 on 245/75r16's. I guess I wasn't lucky.
Maybe I'm a special case, but I snapped the D35 on 31s with the TrueTrac. A Spartan front will practically be invisible when in 2wd (assuming you have a 242). All depends on how you wheel though. That being said though, I loved the TrueTrac that I had in my D35.
And WJ axles are FAR from one ton axles. Google Dana 60, Dana 70, GM 14 Bolt, Sterling 10.5 and you'll be in one ton territory.
Set it on 33's protect the heck out of it with skids and bumpers. Then throw on a winch.
That will get you down the trail that those 35's would run from. Plus you won't have to be as hard on the throttle if you don't mind pulling cable.
You said its your DD so, a protected and winched jeep is gonna get you home easier than just big tires.
Today I spoke with a person from East Coast Gear Supply (919-672-2705). As we were talking he said that I could get a 30 spline count Detroit locker or true-trac for the d35 the use the Dana 44 wj REAR SHAFT KIT into the 35 rear end, and replace all the bearings and it would be dam strong.
If that would work, that would fix some of the big weak internals but the housing flexes big time so you need to truss it. Although the d44a needs a truss also. You'll never know how much you need to build up your rig until you break it. There are a good amount of people that wheel the he77 out of d35's with no problem.