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  1. #1
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    Breaking the Dana 35 ?

    Just wanted to know how many of you guys out there have actually broken the stock D35 under the back of the YJ under normal off roading conditions? I'm not talking about really heavy duty, hard core rocks and such but just mild off road play, some mud, exploring and such.

    I have my old YJ on all stock drive train with 35's on it and I would like to re-gear it. I would also like to throw bigger and better axles under it too but money and time do not allow that right now. A set of gears and installing them my self, that one I think I could pull off.

    I know I have heard of a lot of guys on line breaking the D35 on the Jeep but I have yet to run into one person my self that has broke one or even knows anyone that has broken one. I have talked to a good number of older guys that have wheeled for a long time on stock axles and had never broken one either.

    So for my DD YJ, sitting on 35's and used for mild off road use, not hard core rock crawling, is it really needed to swap out the rear axle? How many of you guys have really busted up that axle and or how long have you been wheeling on that rear axle before it did come apart on you?

    I don't want to spend money on gears for the D35 if it is just going to come apart but it seems like it would be fine for now. At least for the way I am using the Jeep right now. in the future when she is not my DD and she can be used for more hard core off roading, I'm sure bigger axles and better drive train will be put in.

    I also know you guys are probly going to hammer me for this question and I know most of you are going to just tell me to swap it out. Just rember the question before you nail me on this subject. How many of you have actually broken the rear axle and under what conditions did you break it if you broke it?

  2. #2
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    When I first got my 1994 Wrangler (4 cyl) with D35 I just had to regear (456) and install a locker. My next run was out to Panamint Valley (Stone Canyon) of which I made it all the way to fall 3. At that point a little to much gas and a drivers rear tire in the air with sudden traction equaled a snapped axle. I had to let my Jeep spend 4 nights alone on the trail until I could get a replacement axle. The moral is even if you don't intend to abuse the axles it doesn't take much to leave you in a lurch. I then went to a super 35 kit with a Detroit Locker and its been 7 or 8 years with out any problems.

  3. #3
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    First time my spider gear blew up and took out the carrier. The next time the ring gear lost a bunch of teeth and shoved one of them thru the cover losing all the oil. That was mild wheeling on 33's. I have an 8.8 now running 35's, it is nice going off road not worrying if the axle is going to explode again.


 

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