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Unread 05-22-2012, 06:07 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by liredneck View Post
If you looking at 44s from q-tec might as well check out an 8.8 from ECGS . I got mine with 4.10 and a lock right bolt in ready for around $1500 I think
Bought an 8.8 from them last week and they no longer have any 8.8s with stock 4.10gears. Had to pay an extra few hundred for aftermarket gears. Total cost with Detroit was $2340

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Unread 05-22-2012, 06:08 PM   #17
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Easiest and cheapest route would be to find an entire D35 from a 4 popper and swap it in, and start an 8.8 search and build on the side.
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Unread 05-22-2012, 09:04 PM   #18
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^^^ this is a good route as well. you can find 44's from other vehicles and weld on brackets, which is a much cheaper option than finding a tj rear end. but if you do that, might as well go 8.8
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Unread 05-22-2012, 11:16 PM   #19
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do a search on car-part.com. i found a TJ 44 at a yard about a mile from my house.
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Unread 05-23-2012, 06:17 AM   #20
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I dont know if this will copy/past alright, but i found a few D35's w/4.11 w/o ABS around you. It will take a day of drving + gas, but its doable.


Most under $300. That would be a cheap way to get up and running now.

edit: Wow Frank, its been a while since i was 2nd page ninja'd. Just do what frank says. Its a good method for finding cheap parts.
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Unread 05-23-2012, 08:37 AM   #21
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I'm not really in a rush to get it fixed so I can drive it. I bike to work and with summer upon me I'm diggin the exercise. I'd rather not drive a lil longer and get an 8.8 instead of fixing my D35 as this is the second time I've needed spider gears and pretty sure it was all due to a leaking axle seal on driver side. With everything adding up and checking ECGS, I think a 8.8 would be worth the moeny they charge. As far as gearing goes, I'll be doing most of the driving on streets and freeways as it's my daily driver. Would I want to go 4.88 as mentioned previously or what would be best for daily driving? It is a 2.5L with 33x12.5s and current 4.10 gearing. Cheers to all helpful feedback so far!
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