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Unread 10-05-2012, 07:34 PM   #1
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axel questions

How do I find out what kind of rear and front axel I have and what should I be hopeing for

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Unread 10-05-2012, 10:48 PM   #2
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most common, dana 30 -front and dana 35 rear for the year, option/metric ton package had a dana 44 rear(the holy grail)...

http://coloradok5.com/axleguide.shtml
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Unread 10-06-2012, 10:12 PM   #3
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take a picture of the differential covers for both of them and post em. We will be able to tell you whats what within a few seconds of seeing them.
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Unread 10-07-2012, 07:03 PM   #4
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Can do(as soon as it stops raining lol) but its only 2x4
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Unread 10-16-2012, 01:36 PM   #5
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Well looks like its a Dana 35 rear
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Unread 10-16-2012, 01:36 PM   #6
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Is that good
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Unread 10-16-2012, 02:30 PM   #7
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they're not bad if they are taken care of, not abused..i had 31's and did mudding, rock climbing with mine, now i have 33's , most say thats the max size for a dana 35, i'm still searching for a d44 or a ford 8.8 with 4.10s to match my front diff gears..

best to open the diff cover and check the gears, take a pic and post it if your unsure, look close at the center gears/spider gears..they are the weak link and when they go they take the ring and pinion gears too..
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Unread 10-17-2012, 08:50 AM   #8
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Oh ok, what does different gearings do? Like if its a bigger number how does that differ from a smaller number
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Unread 10-17-2012, 03:10 PM   #9
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hmm, i'm sure theres lots of info on the gearing out there...

say a gearing of 4.10 to a 3.73 or 354

the 4.10 the driveshaft rates 4.1 revs to 1 on the axle allows more torque to the axle but hurts the top speed of the truck and fuel economy.good for towing

a 3.73 or 3.54 would be better for top speed and economy. but the 3.54 would be less of a towing or light load towing..

hope that helped..and this
http://www.offroaders.com/tech/gear-ratio-chart.htm
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Unread 10-19-2012, 06:59 AM   #10
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Very much so, and how do I find out what my gearing is if its a d35
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Unread 10-19-2012, 03:03 PM   #11
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4 cyl- most common 4.10's

4.0l- 3.54 or 3.08, mine had 3.54's for 89.
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Unread 10-20-2012, 06:40 AM   #12
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There's a tag on the diff with some numbers on it. Clean it up and post those numbers.
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