Originally Posted by oIIIIIooIIIIIo
Put a lunch box locker in the rear. The trouble with a front locker is torque steer. The 35 will hold up provided you don't go over board with tires and how you treat it.
There's no torque-steer with a front-mounted lunchbox locker on the street when in 2wd. At the most a lunchbox locker just clicks (ratchets) through turns. Other than that they're fine on the street and work fine offroad.
Offroad, any locked front axle can make steering more difficult but on low-traction surfaces it is a non-issue.
And one of the worst places you can mount a lunchbox locker is in the rear. Especially in a Dana 35. Generally speaking, lunchbox lockers behave extremely poorly on the street when in the rear axle. They bang, lurch, etc. and are no fun to drive with. Not to mention that being so small, they aren't very strong... and in my opinion, not strong enough for trails that actually require lockers.
But no matter what, a stock Dana 35 should not be locked. Eventually, the owner of a locked stock Dana 35 is going to find himself on the trail with a broken axle shaft. Even if he keeps telling himself he'll be gentle with it.
Frankly, it's rare to see anyone recommending any kind of a locker for a stock Dana 35, especially a lunchbox locker.
Here are some examples of what happens when the Dana 35 breaks an axle shaft, which is commonly seen on the trail. I've had to help more than a few get back to camp which isn't easily done since the wheel on the broken shaft keeps on wanting to slide out of the axle tube.