Blown Up Sir! (Dana 35 / 3.07 / open)
Ok, so that little (not so little) howl was telling me something. Seems like my pinion bearings have failed so bad (102k miles) that this morning the ring and pinion slipped a few times backing out of my driveway. 5 miles later I had to crawl to the safety of a friendly driveway. I have not looked yet, but I would bet I banged up the gears a bit. Re-gearing was on the wish-list anyway, but this event just bumped it to the top of the list. . . my Jeep guy (SVE in East Haven, CT) comes highly recommended from multiple sources. With my description of use (98% on road DD in New England and 2% hunting and fishing access on rutted two-track) he talked me into going with a Trac Lok and 3.73 gears while he does the bearings. 32" tires and a 2" suspension lift are on the wish list too, but the 29" Destinations that came on the TJ are near new and I will likely drive them down. From what I read it sounds like for the small increase in cost (I need to replace the carrier to re-gear no matter what) the Trac Lok will give me some increased performance on snow covered roads and in muddy ruts. Your thoughts? Mostly looking for input on gear size and Trac Loc vs. just another open diff. Thanks for looking!