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post #1 of 43 Old 03-15-2012, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Can the dana 35 handle 33's ?

Hey guys i am trying to figure out if my jeep still has the stock dana 35 in the rear, or if it was upgraded to a bigger axle. it only has disc brakes in the front drums in rear. I have not been able to find any sort of sticker or tag on the axle indicating what it is. I bought the jeep back in september it came with 33"superswampers 15.5"wide, which the jeep has no problem at all pushing forward, and i do not feel any lack of power whatsoever, very good throttle response. I have the stock 4.2L engine and the TF999 3 speed automatic. Hopefully you guys can chime in as to which axle ive most likely got under there. Thanks appreciate it.

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post #2 of 43 Old 03-15-2012, 02:47 PM
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take a pic. if ts a oval cover with a rubber plug then its a dana 35

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You most likely have a 35.

Straight off google images (sometimes its quicker to google than make a post FWIW):



Reference the other couple posts on the front page here regarding its strength. This topic has been beat to death.

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It has the same bolt pattern as a D35 / same pumpkin shame. From what I can tell from that picture, at least.

As far as handing 33"s. I have a D35 with 33x12.5 (Not as wide as your behemoth 15.5" tires), and all I can say is that my spider gears are starting to pit. I don't think that's from the strain of the tires.

Members on this forum say it can handle 33"s and lower, but don't go higher because it'll lower the life of the axle by a lot.

However, from my experience with 33"s, it works.
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That looks like a 35, but that's not the rubber plug they come with. How about a picture of the whole pumkin.
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That looks like a 35, but that's not the rubber plug they come with. How about a picture of the whole pumkin.
The older ones have a metal fill plug.

It looks like a dana 35

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I'm not sure which years, did some searching and didn't come up with much, but I know some years came with metal plugs not rubber.

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The older ones have a metal fill plug.

It looks like a dana 35

Cool, I learned something today.
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The early versions of the 35 have a stronger housing and larger brakes - and no c-clips!
If you wanted to upgrade any 35, it would be the one to do it to.
Most people decide to replace it completely because of the history.

I swapped the 35 from my 87 (just like yours) into our 92 when I regeared the 87 to 3.55 and put in the 8.25 Chrysler.
We re-geared it to 4.10 with some used gears out of a 4cyl.
It's been behind that 4.0l and AX15 for almost 3 years now pushing 15x10" rims and 33x12.5" tires since the re-gear.
It's been off road numerous times.
No issues whatsoever.
BUT, it's an open carrier - no locker.
I would put a TruTrack in it, but not without some larger axles.

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I run 33 TSL on my 35 for the last 7 years, so it is capable of doing it, but most of them wont.....

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we ran the 35 with a loc-rite, in our 1991 with the TF 999 trans for a year with 35" x 10.50 boggers and had no problem. The automatic trans probably is a little easier on the driveline. Looks like the tag is on the rear still, in the picture i think i see the bottom edge of the tag just under the bolt on the left side.
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The dana 35 in my 88 YJ looks the same as the one from your picture. (no rubber plug). Mine is the non c-clip 35. I have had 33" bfg a/t's on it for 8 years with no problem. Only thing I have broken is the pinon yoke. I broke it twice. Surprisingly, the axle has held up good. (so far)

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She needs a good scrubbin with wire brush and simple green. Looks like it's caked in oil and grit. Reseal it with black RTV. All in all it ain't pretty. I keep my undercarrage very clean.
I try. I really try. But the second I go off road in South Florida, it's mud. And I don't have a pressure washer strong enough to get that mud off! My pressure washer just gets it wet... haha. It sucks.
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Everyone says no, I have 35's on mine with a 4.88's and a Detriot locker and it has held up for well over a year so far and I beat the snot out of it at times. No problems .... yet...

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