When the yoke on my D35 broke. I ran on front wheels for about 3 weeks waiting for the SYE kit, took it easy and everything was fine. When the D35 broke, I ran it on front wheels for about 4 weeks waiting for an 8.8 swap. I drove it normal then even on the highway, no issues even with 3.07 gears and 32's. It will spin the tires easily in the rain and it didn't like tight turns.
00' TJ Sport 4.0 5spd: D30/8.8 w/Tru-Tracs F/R and 4.56's
Teraflex 3", 35x12.50's on 15x10 Eagle's, Airraid intake, Borla catback, Xenon Flares, Fabtech SYE and driveshaft, JKS Quicker Discos, XD Security, just getting started...
Originally Posted by mrblaine
After all, I are educted.
Originally Posted by Muddy Rocks
Beer makes the world go round. (thats why it leans a little when it rotates)
The only reason why i would say no, is because that is a lot of stress to put on JUST your front axle. It's only a Dana 30... while it is a tough little axle, to put 100% of the jeeps power and weight on it would be a lot of stress. For temporary use you should be fine, and there should be no mechanical problems with the drive-train. But i wouldn't run it very much until you get the rear put back together.
97 Jeep Wrangler
4.0, 5 speed AX-15, D44 & Ford 8.8 w/Detroit - 4.88, NP-231, OME 2.5" coils w/1.25" spacers on front, 1.25" JKS BL, 35X12.50R15 KM2 on 15x8 Eagle alloys, Banks Header, Banks Monster Exhaust, Brown Dog MML, Rhino Liner, Tuffy Glove Box, AtoZ Rockers, Optima Red Top Battery.
in first and second be sure to stay off heavy throttle it'll break the tires loose w/o a problem even with 35's and 37's
it may be funny to see your jeep smoke off the front tires but it sucks when you stop moving (broken front driveshaft)
Thanks for all of the input. I've read various posts before using the Search button about it and couldn't get solid answer on the matter. Obviously driving it in "front wheel drive" is less than ideal. Sounds like the consensus is go for it and just be careful with the skinny pedal.
You will be fine. I was in the same boat as you. I installed my SYE then waited a couple weeks for my rear driveshaft to be delivered. I drove it around town and on the highway. No leaks, nothing broke. It does steer different in fwd but that was all I noticed different.
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the former." - Albert Einstein
yeah you can do it, I'm doing it right now while I wait for my shaft. The case won't leak just dont take corners under power very hard if you can avoid it, it makes some uncomfortable movements if you do.
2005 Wrangler Unlimited
6 speed, hard top, bone stock