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Unread 04-16-2014, 07:21 AM   #16
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This is proof that you need that this mechanic is not the one for you (ask me a bunch of other questions that he didn't seem interested in filling me in on.) You need to run from this guy.

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Unread 04-16-2014, 07:24 AM   #17
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I figured you beat me to it.
Lets just say I'm bored at work
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Unread 04-16-2014, 08:04 AM   #18
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I have deduced that I have a Dana 35 with a 3.73 gear ratio. With that information I have found a few on craigslist in the $100 range. Now, my question is if it is for a Cherokee will it still fit or do I need one off of a wrangler?
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Unread 04-16-2014, 08:07 AM   #19
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I have deduced that I have a Dana 35 with a 3.73 gear ratio. With that information I have found a few on craigslist in the $100 range. Now, my question is if it is for a Cherokee will it still fit or do I need one off of a wrangler?
I believe the Cherokee is a little different. Stick with one that came out of a TJ. It will be a direct bolt on.
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Unread 04-16-2014, 08:41 AM   #20
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I believe the Cherokee is a little different.
True, leaf springs are a little different.
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Unread 04-16-2014, 08:43 AM   #21
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True, leaf springs are a little different.
Yes Sir, that they are.
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Unread 04-16-2014, 09:16 AM   #22
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I agree get an axle from a TJ so it will bolt right up if you do the swap. I think you should bring it to another shop and have it rebuilt before buying an axle.
$170 for good Ring and pinion
$230 for Carrier with Spider gears
$120 for master install kit
$300-400 for labor
$850 ish with all new parts you can price shop and you can find cheaper parts

You would still be taking a risk with buying a used axle and possibly having problems with it.

I know a local shop here in Baton Rouge may have D35 with 3.73 Gears for sale. Searcher's 4wd is the shop but shipping would probably be expensive.
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Unread 04-16-2014, 09:29 AM   #23
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^^^agree.
Just went through this a few months ago.first guy sat on it and pissed around till I started bugging him after a few weeks. Threw out 1700 for a rebuild and 2300 or something for new. I called junk yards and for 3.07 dana 35 they all wanted 850+. I ended up driving 4 hours to Maryland and picked up a used one for 150. Local guy that specializes in axles put new bearings and gears in for 750, so everything's new inside and works fine. He only had it 2 days. Mine was grinding and then it was banging like someone was underneath throwing bricks up at it. Mechanic said it appears the fluid was low, the housing was
Bent inside.
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Unread 04-16-2014, 09:50 AM   #24
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Having some trouble finding a used Dana 35. Called around a few places, going to have to hit the phones again. If anyone knows of a place around Tampa FL I could call that would be fantastic.

Thanks everyone for all the help. I got more answers here in just a few hours than I got for the mechanic in a week.
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Unread 04-16-2014, 10:26 AM   #25
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^^^agree.
Just went through this a few months ago.first guy sat on it and pissed around till I started bugging him after a few weeks. Threw out 1700 for a rebuild and 2300 or something for new. I called junk yards and for 3.07 dana 35 they all wanted 850+. I ended up driving 4 hours to Maryland and picked up a used one for 150. Local guy that specializes in axles put new bearings and gears in for 750, so everything's new inside and works fine. He only had it 2 days. Mine was grinding and then it was banging like someone was underneath throwing bricks up at it. Mechanic said it appears the fluid was low, the housing was
Bent inside.
$850+ for a used, stock Dana 35 is insane.. Lol.
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Unread 04-16-2014, 01:00 PM   #26
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I found a local shop that can replace the rear dana 35 axle assembly for 1175 +tax. Best I've found so far. I should probably hold out for a cheaper part right?
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Unread 04-16-2014, 01:20 PM   #27
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I found a local shop that can replace the rear dana 35 axle assembly for 1175 +tax. Best I've found so far. I should probably hold out for a cheaper part right?
It's confusing when you use the word "assembly" as that refers to the entire axle housing plus all internals. Is that price truly a new "assembly" or just what they are trying to charge to rebuild your current axle? Either way, I would hold out. You should be able to find a shop to rebuild yours for around $700-800 including parts and labor.
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Unread 04-16-2014, 02:30 PM   #28
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When I broke one of my Dana 35 shafts it took out the bearing and egg shaped the housing. At that point I needed a new housing, maybe something similar happened to his housing and that's why he may need a whole assembly. Took me about 7 years to sell the new Dana 35 that they replaced under warranty, but I did get $100 for it. OP, keep looking, maybe find some nearby 4x4 forums you could post on the wanted section. Should not cost that much if you can wait to find one.
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Unread 04-16-2014, 06:00 PM   #29
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for that kinda price buy a dana 44, and it wont break like that.
the dana 35 u have is common to all kinds of spectacular breakage.
the dana 44 was a factory option for wranglers.
you need to make absolutely sure it is 3.73 ratio!
find all the local florida 4x4 clubs and message boards.
i bet someone has one. or a local will rebuild yours for alot less.
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Unread 04-17-2014, 07:27 AM   #30
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The first three number on the tag bolted to the diff cover will be the gear ratio
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