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Unread 10-09-2011, 03:52 PM   #1
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lockers in stock Dana 35

so as I'm dreamin up new ways to upgrade my beloved jeep, I'm wondering if adding lockers to my stock rear axle (D35) would be okay or do lockers generally require something larger like a 44. What would be the better choice between electronic and air lockers and why? If doing an axle swap would a D44 be best choice or a ford 8.8? I don't do a lot of hard core wheeling right now. I just want my jeep to be a capable rig off road without the fear of breaking something important if the trail I'm on gets squirrely. If there's a post that answers this, forgive me and send me to the right place. Thanks, Lou.

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Unread 10-09-2011, 04:41 PM   #2
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if ur going to lock the 35 i would do a cheap locker, like an aussie. no reason to dump money into an axle that you are going to want to upgrade!

i have an aussie in my 35, works well, havent broken a shaft yet but i am expecting to.

so since you say you want a dependable setup that your not worried about i would recomend an upgrade, then locking.

or lock the front.
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Unread 10-09-2011, 06:17 PM   #3
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I personally wouldnt lock a 35. There are a few things you could do to beef up the 35, chromolly axles, but honestly if your going to lock it, I would go with a 44 or an 8.8. As fas as which is stronger, I am not sure, someone else might be able to help with that, Seems like everyone has there personal choice. But if you go the 8.8 route, keep in mind that you will have to get spring perches and shock mounts, then have them welded then make sure your gears are the same as the front.

Do your homework here, search the threads, read up on it all. It can get expensive, and you only want to have to do it once.
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Unread 10-09-2011, 08:15 PM   #4
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Locking a stock Dana 35c is opening the door wide open to a snapped an axle shaft, don't do it. If you want a locker, you have three choices. 1) Install the locker up front instead. 2) Upgrade your Dana 35c with a Super 35 kit from Superior Axle which upgrades/strengthens the axle shafts and includes a locker. 3) Replace the Dana 35c with a stronger axle like a Dana 44 or Ford 8.8.

The following website is made up of nothing but photos of broken Dana 35c axle shafts... enjoy. http://www.billhughes.com/dana35c/
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What gears do you have? I just bought a TJ with a Detroit Locker and would consider a trade for stock parts. I don't even have the jeep yet so not sure of the Gear Ratio but I'll find out tomorrow...


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so as I'm dreamin up new ways to upgrade my beloved jeep, I'm wondering if adding lockers to my stock rear axle (D35) would be okay or do lockers generally require something larger like a 44. What would be the better choice between electronic and air lockers and why? If doing an axle swap would a D44 be best choice or a ford 8.8? I don't do a lot of hard core wheeling right now. I just want my jeep to be a capable rig off road without the fear of breaking something important if the trail I'm on gets squirrely. If there's a post that answers this, forgive me and send me to the right place. Thanks, Lou.
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Unread 10-09-2011, 09:05 PM   #7
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Don't lock a stock 35. at very least do a super35.
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Unread 10-09-2011, 09:06 PM   #8
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Locking a stock Dana 35c is opening the door wide open to a snapped an axle shaft, don't do it. If you want a locker, you have three choices. 1) Install the locker up front instead. 2) Upgrade your Dana 35c with a Super 35 kit from Superior Axle which upgrades/strengthens the axle shafts and includes a locker. 3) Replace the Dana 35c with a stronger axle like a Dana 44 or Ford 8.8.

The following website is made up of nothing but photos of broken Dana 35c axle shafts... enjoy. http://www.billhughes.com/dana35c/
Jerry that website pretty much makes every single part of a d35 look useless doesnt it?
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Unread 10-09-2011, 09:06 PM   #9
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I have a lock right locker in my D35 rear for about the last 8 months and about 6000 miles on it so far without issue, but it has a lot to do with how hard you are on it since it is a weakness and if pushed too hard it will break your axle shaft, especially if you start bouncing in the rocks and stand on the skinny peday, also the street is pretty hard on the axles as well since you have so much traction in tight turns, for example a U-turn on the street hard on the gas with large or even just aired down tires can break an axle shaft in some cases.

I have been fine for now, but I do my best to make sure I dont break my axles until I put the D44 I bought a few months ago in (need to regear it first).
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I'm kinda the same as you, not too much hardcore offroading, just the weekend warrior type. What I want to do with my d35 is get the super 35 kit from superior axle, put an arb locker on it (along with the front) and put some g2 diff covers on. I think it should work great and look good too
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Unread 10-09-2011, 09:11 PM   #11
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...also the street is pretty hard on the axles as well since you have so much traction in tight turns, for example a U-turn on the street hard on the gas with large or even just aired down tires can break an axle shaft in some cases.
That is exactly what I was doing when my locked D35 disintegrated, a (slow speed) u-turn on the street. That was 12-13 years ago when I thought I could just be extra-careful with my locked Dana 35c.
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