So then maybe this is a dumb question but chalk it up to being a Jeep newbie... why is the D35 unsuitable for the rear axle but still suitable for the front axle? You have to get the Rubicon to get a D44 front axle. Unless it just has to do with the duty rating and that the rear axle is always engaged versus the front axle only part-time.
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I believe the D35s used the older C clip retainer which was a real problem - if it broke, your axle slid out! Know some who had this problem. The newer D30 in the front uses a unit bearing that retains the axle, not a C clip in the pumpkin...also, the D30 in front is a high pinion which is inherently stronger because the pinion rides on the correct (strong) side of the ring gear. All for the better if you ask me.
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On my '99 TJ, I've got the D30 front, D35 rear, on 3.73 and 33x12.5 on 15" rims. I ran a Lock-Right locker in the front, until it cracked, then replaced it with an Aussie Locker. The D30 is still going strong, although I think my knuckle joints are going out. I just started to take it apart to find out what's going on.
My D35... well, one time I blew out the clutch pack from the Trac-Lok, and the other time, I blew out my side and spider gears on a moderate trail (my fault really, the rear-end hopped up, and I didn't let off the gas fast enough before it came down). Mine is c-clipped, and a Super35 is on my list. However, I do know they made 2 versions of the D35.. c-clipped and non-c clipped... FWIW...