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Unread 04-15-2009, 10:48 AM   #151
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Thanks for the great thread guys! The 8.8 is strong as hell. Even the "weak" mustang ones hold up to 600+ rwhp and 5000rpm clutch dumps on slicks that dead hook. Getting 4.10s and a LSD is the added bonus of the 8.8. But once you factor in the cost of a locker and all the fab work needed, the S35 arb kit for ~$1200 seems like a better deal. The arbs for the 8.8 are around $700-800, then a $1-200 for a axle, more $$ for new brackets, lots of time measuring, cutting, and welding (but thats fun). So its basically around the same price, but way more work. So i'm still up in the air. I don't plan on running more that 33's. If i want a locker, it seems the S35 kit is the way to go. If i think a LSD will be fine, then the 8.8 swap seems like a better deal (and a more fun project).

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Unread 04-15-2009, 11:26 AM   #152
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if you are only running 33s then definitely go with the S35, an 8.8 is huge, you will be hitting that thing on everything.
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Unread 06-17-2010, 06:39 PM   #153
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cool to read such a opinionated thread..im with the 8.8 thats sitting in my shop..but i have to be honest,after reading a lot of blaines post(no,i dont know him) and seeing i just inherited a set of superior 35 axles i may just build the s35 and leave the 8.8 in the shop for a spare..i will be doing a lot more stuff to my heep so this will be a test of axles for my own knowledge..
maybe 10 yrs from now i can drop in and say someone was correct on the s35..i

i do have a couple buddys that have trashed a few d35,s and run 8.8,s now and say they cant break them..ive seen the abuse first hand so the 8.8 is a great axle also,if your willing to do the work,,,and mulla..
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Unread 08-09-2013, 01:20 PM   #154
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Anyone of know if a S35 kit can handle an LT1 with about 350hp, 33's with 4.56 gears, AX15, mostly street driven. Jeep only sees the trails once in a while.
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