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post #1 of 10 Old 10-24-2013, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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1997 Dana 35 Spider Gear replacement

Just to start off, yes I searched.
I have seen many different stories and different styles of the Dana 35 discussed.

I have an open diff, dana 35, non c-clip axles and it appears to have the 1/2" 12 point bolt that holds the cross pin in place in the carrier. Can I replace the spiders without removing the carrier?

Is it just as easy as remove the retaining bolt, remove the pin, slide the axles out a little bit, spin the old gears out, and then reverse to assemble?

Also where to buy the spider gears? I believe that quadratec has them for around $115+ tax and shipping, is there a better place?

Thanks for the help.


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post #2 of 10 Old 10-24-2013, 05:40 PM
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I don't see why you can't do what you describe.


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post #3 of 10 Old 10-25-2013, 05:18 AM Thread Starter
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I'm hoping for that, just wanted someone who has done this to tell me yes, thats how it is done, and a few ideas of where to get the new gear kit, quadratec is usually expensive and money is tight...

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I've done it many times. The only thing you have to watch is the timing so to speak, one tooth off and you have to start over. Some new gear lube on the cone washers will help keep them from falling out on you.
Everything is going to walk as you rotate them in so watch your fingers! LOL


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Aussie Locker directions say to use heavy grease to hold the parts in place as you assemble, this should also work great for spider gears.

Did you blow yours up ? And what is your axle out of that it's non c clip?

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You are correct on the procedure. No need to remove the carrier at all.

You can get genuine Spicer spider and side gear set with thrust washers, cross pin, and locking screw for $80 shipped on ebay from a couple different people.
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I,m sort of confused, thought all standard D35 had c clips, and the screw holding in the cross pin wasn't 1/2 inch.
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Mine is the factory axle, I thought that I heard that it was a non c-clip axle because of the year or something.

I have not blown it up, yet... When I got the Jeep in she had 133K on her, flushed diff fluid fall of '11, few months after gettin her, and rear fluid was gray and sludgy and half of spiders were missing. Now, 2 years and almost 40K miles later, they look a lot worse, bearings seals and other gears are all good and she is my DD and commuter so I don't want to swap axles or anything that requires too much down time. I'm kinda plannin on replacing these in the spring, but I want to be prepared if something goes wrong over the winter.

http://www.wjjeeps.com/dana35c.jpg

The link is a axle breakdown out of a wj, but I figured they'd be similar, I know I have the bolt holding the cross pin in, I saw it when I flushed the diffs a few nights ago. I did not see any c-clips, but I wasn't looking for them and the pictures don't really show any, but yet again, pic is for a WJ...

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In the jeep parts book it doesn'tshow the c clip on the breakdown for the ring and pinion either, only on the axle itself breakdown.

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post #10 of 10 Old 10-27-2013, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, thats probably better for tear down anyway, less exposed to rust.

Like i said, not planning on doing this till spring but i want to be prepared in case things got worse. I've never messed with gears before and things kinda scare me if i haven't done them before... but since im only 20, i got time to learn.

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