As you all know that the Dana 35 stock axles are weak. I have replaced them 4 years ago with Yukon Heavy Duty Chrome Molly Axle Shafts that are 20% to 30% stronger than the stock axles shafts. I been wheeling pretty hard climbing all kinds of stuff including steep rock walls, rock gardens, rock steps and more. I ran my old 32x12.50 MTRs for 3 years and my 2 year old 33x13.50 Nitto Mud Grapplers without a problem. Recently, My Axles were worked on and noticed my axles bearing were bad so my Yukon axles were pulled off and found out that the bearing chewed up my drivers side axle shaft and there was tiny metal all inside my axles. I been running those axles for 4 years without any problems and are awesome. Since they were all chewed up from my old bearings. I had no other choice but to re-install my old stock axles I saved just incase the yukons breaks on the trails. It's nice to carry spare axles when you head out on the trails. I carry all 4 axles front & rear. Since I had to install my old axle shafts I knew those were gonna be my weak link when I go offroading. When I replaced my damaged drivers side yukon axle shafts I ordered a set of brand new ones again because, I am very pleased with them though-out the 4 years without breakage. Well, I had an offroading event that was coming and was concerned about my stock axles. All, went well for a about an hour then I climbed a wet slippery rock step thats very common to climb at the Badlands. I have done that rock step many times in 7 years without problems. But, this time I tried climbing it and
"POP" AHHHH... My stock drivers side axle snapped. It didn't bother me at all because I had my old yukons I saved. I had to bring those just incase my stock ones break. Those were just my bandaid so, I can get back home until my brand new yukons come in a few days. All went well replacing my snapped axle though, It took some time because, It was sorta hard to get the small chunks of metal inside the diff and axles shafts. We wheeled a tiny bit after we fixed it and got home safely. My new Yukon axles should be arriving today or a few days from now and I'm going to get rid of my other axles inside my dana 35.
Replacing your old dana 35 stock axles with a better and stronger axles is a nice inexpensive way to go. Keep your old ones just incase. Using them stock axles are not good. You will see from the pictures below. Soon I'll take a picture of my chewed up Yukon axle shaft.
By the way my set up on my Dana 30 & 35 has Detroit True Tracs with 4.56 and love them. Enjoy the pictures. We were working on a sandy ground when we were working on my axles so, There is sand on the spline.
*This was my very 1st breakdown since I been offroading for 7 years* WooHoo!