No, the ring gear is part of the ring & pinion gearset and neither get replaced. What does get replaced is the Dana 35c's weak carrier and axleshafts. You're probably thinking of the spider & side gears inside the carrier but that whole assembly gets replaced by the full case locker (ARB Air Locker, Detroit Locker, or Ox Locker).
For 99% of the Jeepers on this forum, the Super 35 kit is a very good upgrade and with the locker it includes, holds up to some pretty serious offroading with 35" tires. One of the members here who has a very well built TJ with a Super 35 installed regularly takes his TJ through the toughest rock crawling trails imaginable including Johnson Valley without problem. Super 35 breakages are extremely rare.
I'm very happy with my Super 35. I have the Alloy USA version with the Detroit locker. 500 bucks used and I haven't looked back.
Guys that flog the crap out of their rigs deserve their breakages. Super 35 with some common sense will last you.
Sure, there's better options out there, but do we all really need 60's and Unimogs??
I know what and where I'll be wheeling. I don't need anything bigger than my S35.
Bingo! What Airbrne4x4 said. Look around what others are using and breaking/not breaking in your area and that will tell you what you can reasonably run. The key like you said is to know where you're wheeling. People break d60s too. They break d44s too. It's much easier for people to blame "faulty" equipment than their own driving style.
We wheeled our TJ for 6 years with an open 35 on 33's and 4.88s and never had a problem. Now that we have a 30 spline s35 w/Detroit we're still not being stupid and expect this thing to last a long time.
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RE 4.5SF with 3.5 springs & Tera QDFTs
Super 35 & Detroit in back w/4.88s
33x10.5 BFG KM2's
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Um, the super kit locker does replace the spiders since Jeep never made a 30 spine carrier for the 35. Last I checked my ARB and the OX in our other jeep used their own spiders and carrier.
For the guy who ate the OX, did you break the center pin? Were kinda tracking carnage since we work with the OX guys. I would love to get some pics of your destruction.
that was a full disaster
don't be a misunderstanding over here. ox locker served me for a year or some but was the first time that i've pushed it hard and broked.
but was me who broked it you know what i'm talking about....everythink can be broke
on the right side of the pic are marked numbers.
these are the parts that did't broke, everthink else was full replased by the ox guys through the local shop!