I have a 2005 Wrangler Unlimited with a 4" short arm lift, D44 in the rear (limited slip) and an open D30 in the front. I currently have the stock 3.73ís and Iím running 33ís. I need to get ARB lockers within the next month. I recognize an R&P change will be necessary, 4.10s as I still drive to the trails. If I am changing gears I might as well change the axles to a higher spline count. As I add up everything I am wondering how much more would it be to get new heavier duty axles that are already setup for my jeep and avoid the labor cost of the locker and R&P install. I wonít need Dana 60ís, as I really don't see going any larger than a 36ís on this jeep as it wouldn't fit in my garage. I would like to retain my wheels and could swap the brakes if necessary. Question is, do I build my stock axles or start fresh with some custom built axles. Budget is tight but I will spend what I need to get it done right.
I would be curious as to what you all thought about my situation and what would be the most cost effective solution. The details are below. I am somewhat mechanically inclined but inexperienced so I will need the complicated parts to be done professionally. I'm confident I could swap out complete axles but for the right price I would have it done professionally also.
My plans for this vehicle include mainly trails and some basic rock crawling. I would like to be able to have fun at Moab and the Rubicon yet still drive there from Missouri. Just so you know about where my budget is I am also considering the package below and I am figuring 500 per axle for installation to bring the total to around 4599.95 including shipping.
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I have the manual trans. (6 speed) I agree they would be built well but I would have $4600 in them and still have a Dana 30 in the front. It just seems like a lot of cash to put into stock axles. I also question the housing on the TJ Dana 44.
I guess I'm just looking for suggestions on what some of you have done. The stock axles are fine but when you want to add the lockers it starts the snowball with the gears. You've got big money in the lockers and if you ever want to upgrade the axle shafts. Then you question the integrity of the housing.
I'm just trying to avoid doing what i did when I lifted it. Budget boost to 4" short arm to long arm. I just want to do it right but not over the top.
The reality that I, myself, am slowly adapting to is this: most people have no need of anything over a 35" tire on a Jeep. Most people have no need of a 1-ton axle, much less the professionally built, competition-level D60's that I see slung under everything in the magazines. I've belatedly realized that approximately .1% of the Jeeps out there need to run 36's or 37's and D60's front and rear...so at least keep that in mind when you're deciding on what to do. If you just want them, then more power to you. Personally, I'd start more along the lines of what you have laid out, but reduce my tire size down to 35"...that won't strain the front as much, and you'll have plenty of extra cash on hand.
If it's worth doing, then it's worth overdoing.
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Thanks for the info. I will check out car-part .com in a few. I have an Unlimited so it came with 4 wheel disk. The e-brake is very trouble some though. Have though about upgrading the brakes to bigger ones. Thats a benefit i could get going the new axle route. What do you all think of the G2 Axles the catalog companies are selling?
I have been contemplating the gears. I plan to stay with the 33's for a while as they are barely used. Do you all think the 4.11's will be fine. I will upgrade to 4.56 when its time for the 35's/36's. Depending on the manufacturer they are about he same anyway. I prefer MTR's but currently have some ProComp Extreme Mudds. I still need to be able to drive on the highway.
Already did the steering upgrade. Well I replaced the linkages with HD 1 ton stuff from Rugged Ridge/OmixAda and Rusty's. Tube seals I will do. Good idea.