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post #16 of 23 Old 03-01-2014, 07:47 PM
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Since you are using the earlier disco axle would make running a mini spool/lunchbox locker more streetable?
are the ford 35's HP?


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post #17 of 23 Old 03-01-2014, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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The high pinion D35's were in the TTB front ends. The only Ford part of the front axle was the gear set out of the aluminum D35 from the front of an IFS Explorer. Since I use the Cherokee all year round, I wanted to keep it drivable in the snow and ice, so no locker. I have an E-Z locker in the front of my TJ...it is a handful on the road, even with the AWD mode in the NP242 I swapped into it.

Since the disconnect system only works on the passenger side axle, they don't respond well to limited slip or locking differentials. I had considered welding the spiders but then I would be turning the front drive shaft all the time, which would be okay as just a toy.
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Let me know how it drives and performs. The boneyards here are slap full of exploders.

I'm liking this build. I'm actually going to go pick up a set of exploder axles tomorrow that are 4.10. I was thinking of maybe making axle tubes. I'm an ok welder. I can make it strong just not pretty yet lol.
Its just expensive around here to regear. I run 35/14.50's in mud. So 4.10 will be fine. I've got the torque and HP to make up for nit gearing to 5.18 or whatever I've been flamed for.
Is the ford 35 flanged?

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For this build I only used the gear set from an Explorer, so the wear pattern and backlash needs to be set up (while this is tedious, it isn't terribly hard...you do need a bearing puller though). This only works with the IFS Explorers, unfortunately the pumpkin is aluminum. For the mud you probably want to stay with a high pinion for strength. I'm not sure what you could build out of a TTB front end, which are high pinion...could be interesting.

As I recall the Ford does have a flanged input.

I did some browsing on a Ford forum, the TTB front ends also use an aluminum pumpkin.

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That blows. I like it though.

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post #21 of 23 Old 03-03-2014, 01:29 AM
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Props for thinking out-of-the-box, but I can't really see a low pinion D35 being a real upgrade over a HP D30. LP D44 gears in the front aren't a huge improvement in strength over HP D30 gears, let alone LP D35.

.02" difference in shaft diameter isn't much, but it's some slop you've got there between the splines. I would expect that to become an issue at some point if this Jeep gets to see trails fairly often.

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I like to see something different here. Good job.
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Props for thinking out-of-the-box, but I can't really see a low pinion D35 being a real upgrade over a HP D30. LP D44 gears in the front aren't a huge improvement in strength over HP D30 gears, let alone LP D35.

.02" difference in shaft diameter isn't much, but it's some slop you've got there between the splines. I would expect that to become an issue at some point if this Jeep gets to see trails fairly often.
The LP D35 isn't an upgrade from a HP D30, it is an upgrade from my HP D30 which has teeth missing. The reason I built this was easy access to 4.10 gear sets.
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