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Unread 07-01-2010, 08:28 PM   #1
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Dana 35 detroit locker for $200

I found a used Detroit Locker for a Dana 35 with 30-spline axles for $200. The guy said it's got low miles, he's just parting out his Jeep. That plus some 30-spline axles and I'm well on my way to a S35 setup, right? I wouldn't mind doing an 8.8 build, but that's a lot of work and I'd have a lot of money in it to do it right, so I thought an S35 should suffice with my 33's.

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Unread 07-01-2010, 08:39 PM   #2
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8.8 is probably cheeper, in the long run if nothing else. Stock axles in the 8.8 are strong. For the cost of your $200 locker and 'super' D35 axles you can build an 8.8 and not worry about it
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Unread 07-01-2010, 08:45 PM   #3
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I'm trying to figure out how it's possible that I can build an 8.8 for the same price. I've read that but it don't add up. At the very cheapest the bracket kit is gonna be $250. Cheapest I've found a disc brake 8.8 anywhere around this area is $250 and that's with a 3.73 gear. So I'll need to regear it, $170 for a 4.10 gearset. That's not including having the brackets welded on and I'm already at $670ish? Then I'll need new brake lines, hoses, u-joint, etc. right?
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Unread 07-01-2010, 09:12 PM   #4
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You can't get an 8.8 in there for remotely the same cost. As a standard answer, I don't get why people say that.

Detroit locker for $200? That's a terrible deal. In fact it's so bad, you should just give me the guy's contact info and I will buy it to save anyone else from getting such a bad deal.
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Unread 07-01-2010, 09:45 PM   #5
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I would see if the guy also has the 30 spline shafts also, or if he would be willing to sell the whole axle to you.

Either way 200 bones is pretty cheap, like lunch box cheap.
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Unread 07-02-2010, 12:16 AM   #6
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Thats a great price. I have that same setup in my TJ, but I paid $8_ _ for mine.
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Unread 07-02-2010, 12:33 AM   #7
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I found a used Detroit Locker for a Dana 35 with 30-spline axles for $200. The guy said it's got low miles, he's just parting out his Jeep. That plus some 30-spline axles and I'm well on my way to a S35 setup, right? I wouldn't mind doing an 8.8 build, but that's a lot of work and I'd have a lot of money in it to do it right, so I thought an S35 should suffice with my 33's.
If it's a Detroit EZ locker, it's a lunchbox and it will replace the spider gears and the carrier won't have to be re-set up. However, it's likely not a Detroit EZ because you indicate it comes with 30 spline axles...Detroit EZ is a lunchbox, and the lunchbox lockers are for 27 spline shafts in a d35. You should probably confirm that, but, I believe that to be a true statement.

If it's a full case Detroit locker it comes with a carrier and as a result, you'll have to "set up" the carrier, or pay to have it done. ($$) Since it comes with the 30 spline carrier you'll need the 30 spline shafts.

The Super 35 is, I believe, specific to Superior Axle and Gear, 30 spline, Evolution Series axles shafts, specific to the d35. Others copy it, but the Superior brand is the real enchilada, made in the good ole USA.
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Unread 07-02-2010, 08:19 AM   #8
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If it's a Detroit EZ locker, it's a lunchbox and it will replace the spider gears and the carrier won't have to be re-set up. However, it's likely not a Detroit EZ because you indicate it comes with 30 spline axles...Detroit EZ is a lunchbox, and the lunchbox lockers are for 27 spline shafts in a d35. You should probably confirm that, but, I believe that to be a true statement.

If it's a full case Detroit locker it comes with a carrier and as a result, you'll have to "set up" the carrier, or pay to have it done. ($$) Since it comes with the 30 spline carrier you'll need the 30 spline shafts.

The Super 35 is, I believe, specific to Superior Axle and Gear, 30 spline, Evolution Series axles shafts, specific to the d35. Others copy it, but the Superior brand is the real enchilada, made in the good ole USA.
It's a full case locker. Detroit is what Superior supplies in their kits, right?
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Unread 07-02-2010, 05:21 PM   #9
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It's a full case locker. Detroit is what Superior supplies in their kits, right?
I believe that's a true statement. I believe it's also true that ARB, Ox, Ected, Eaton etc. are options.
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i have a guy trying to sell me what he thinks is a detroit locker set up for a jeep yj 373 gears. but he told me it didnt fit on his jeep with 411s in a dana 35. if it doesnt fit the 411 dana 35, would it fit a dana 35 with 373? the locker has no box but has numbers 85044, 85041 stamped on the pieces. i am rebuilding my jeep. i picked up a 8.8 with limited slip for 70 bucks with 373 gears and just found this locker for 100 bucks. money is an object. should i stick with 8.8 and not afford a true locker or my perfectly working dana 35 with a locker? running very aggressive 33s
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i have a guy trying to sell me what he thinks is a detroit locker set up for a jeep yj 373 gears. but he told me it didnt fit on his jeep with 411s in a dana 35. if it doesnt fit the 411 dana 35, would it fit a dana 35 with 373? the locker has no box but has numbers 85044, 85041 stamped on the pieces. i am rebuilding my jeep. i picked up a 8.8 with limited slip for 70 bucks with 373 gears and just found this locker for 100 bucks. money is an object. should i stick with 8.8 and not afford a true locker or my perfectly working dana 35 with a locker? running very aggressive 33s
Unless you're in love with your Dana 35, stick to the 8.8 plan. You can run it open for a while and throw in a lunchbox locker later down the line. I was looking for an 8.8 for a while and also picked up one for $70 but it was also the wrong gear ratio. I hung on to mine and sold it later for $200 and bought one listed on craigslist that had everything I needed for super cheap.

Skip the Detroit because the carrier break is 3.54 and down and 3.73 and up. NOT the right locker for your 4.10 application. More reason anyway to find a 4.10 open 8.8 so you can throw a lunchbox inside a lot easier than the l/s models as they tend to be more expensive to lock.
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