Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Copperas Cove, Texas
Here's my two-cents worth:
I was Jeeping with a group once, and a TJ with 35" tires broke the axle tube on a Dana 30 on the passenger side near the control arms. The tube cracked, and you could see the axle shaft inside. I don't know the gear ratio or if any lockers were used, but I'm thinking he had alloy axles installed. Someone had an onboard welder, so after a while they were able to get it welded up enough to get him off the trail. Everyone was telling him "Now's a good time to get a high-pinion Dana 30 front axle since you're going to have to replace it anyway".
It made me think that if I ever went to 35" tires (I'm on 33" now) I'd get some axle sleeves pressed in and welded into the axle tubes on my Dana 30. It would be cheap insurance. Seems like there's a couple of places that sell these sleeves.
So that reminds me (help I'm talking and I can't shut up) when I "did my Jeep" I changed out the Dana 35 for a Dana 44 with 33 spline alloy axles, Detroit locker, etc. specifically because of the bad press the Dana 35 has. I re-used the Dana 35 rear brakes, mailed the carrier and 4.10 gears R&P to a buddy of mine, saved the original axle shafts, and got rid of the Dana 35 housing. I've still got the factory Dana 35 axle shafts sitting in my garage, and I'm tired of looking at them. I'm assuming they're fine - when I bought my Jeep it had the factory suspension, 235 tires, and a four cylinder. What are they worth, and does anybody want them?