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post #31 of 40 Old 12-19-2013, 08:49 AM
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I swapped mine because of all the negative comments here on the D35 and I was going from LT235/75-15 to 33 x 12 tires. It ended up costing way more than I thought (junk yard axle was junk and needed a new diff) But I sold the D35 for $75 and the old tires and wheels for $250.

It runs quiet and you can use 5th gear.


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post #32 of 40 Old 12-19-2013, 11:34 AM
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I swapped mine ... It ended up costing way more than I thought
The bucks pain heals. I bought my Jeep in 1996, joined a club and started off-roading in '97, added an ARB and 33's to the D35 in '98 (didn't know better back then), it exploded in '01, and the 8.8 went in.

The swap included another ARB, gears, and new disc brakes. I have no clue what the swap cost, and now over a dozen years later, I don't care. Last year I added Superior alloy shafts and c-clip eliminator kit. I figure it's pretty bulletproof now with 35's and an easy right foot.

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post #33 of 40 Old 12-19-2013, 03:14 PM
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The bucks pain heals. I bought my Jeep in 1996, joined a club and started off-roading in '97, added an ARB and 33's to the D35 in '98 (didn't know better back then), it exploded in '01, and the 8.8 went in.

The swap included another ARB, gears, and new disc brakes. I have no clue what the swap cost, and now over a dozen years later, I don't care. Last year I added Superior alloy shafts and c-clip eliminator kit. I figure it's pretty bulletproof now with 35's and an easy right foot.
Don't get me wrong I think the 8.8 is the way to go, it just was too bad the axle I got was toast. The housing was all that was usable. Now I could have looked for another, but reliability is most important aspect of a build for me. Also, I really didn't want to go looking for another axle and end up with two pieces of junk.

Just in case anyone wants to know what it cost to do up new.

Junkyard 8.8 $212
Axles $183
Studs $22
LSD $265
Rear Brake Pads & E Brake Shoes $36
Rotors $29
Brake Hoses $23
Spring Perch, U bolts, Plates, Shock Bracket Kit & Pinion Yoke $187
Diff Cover $75
Ring & Pinion Rear & Install Kit $267

Or $1300.

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post #34 of 40 Old 12-19-2013, 05:37 PM
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can someone explain the difference in the 8.8 and the dana swaps? in the truck world ( atleast back home) that was the "in" thing was to throw dana series ,mostly 60, under ur truck and run it in the mud holes......keep in mind im a noob to owning and building a jeep

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post #35 of 40 Old 12-19-2013, 05:50 PM
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The 8.8 is smaller physically than a D60 so has better clearance. It's fine for Jeeps with relatively normal power and other drive train components, and up to maybe 37" tires. The D60 in a Jeep is usually for a bigger motor or bigger than 37" tires. Both are readily available in junk yards. The 8.8 has the advantage of having a normal Jeep 5x4.5" bolt pattern (from '87 to '06 anyway) and almost the same 60" width of a D35.

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so i plain on 90% of my driving on the road and only would go up to a 33...if i could even fit that with my 4'' lift...which would u think would be a good axle...any of the options out there....on a budget lol

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post #37 of 40 Old 12-20-2013, 05:35 AM
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so i plain on 90% of my driving on the road and only would go up to a 33...if i could even fit that with my 4'' lift...which would u think would be a good axle...any of the options out there....on a budget lol
8.8 all the way

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. It started with a $200 axle, and a few thousand dollars later I was done :)
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diagnose the real issue before you start going all Obama on it - spending mad cash you'll need for other important things.

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this is also my second set of RC springs this year. I'd rather spend the money again and get something that will last.
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post #38 of 40 Old 12-20-2013, 08:24 AM
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so i plain on 90% of my driving on the road and only would go up to a 33...if i could even fit that with my 4'' lift...which would u think would be a good axle...any of the options out there....on a budget lol
Not to be a jerk, but did you just post and not even bother reading the one above you? Let alone the whole thread? Come on guys!!!!!
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post #39 of 40 Old 12-20-2013, 11:13 AM
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What put me over the edge toward a swap:
I just rewelded mine back on a couple nights ago

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post #40 of 40 Old 12-20-2013, 11:20 AM
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I literally contemplated replacing the brake shoes on my dana 35, but decided it was way too much to spend on that axle so I went 8.8.
I was one of the suckers that put 4.88's in a d35 before I did my research.
3 years & 25,000 miles later on 33s and it's not dead ....YET!

8.8 has been in the garage for almost 2 years now...I just need to ball up and order the gears and master kit.
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