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  1. #1
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    WJ Noob along with JEEP NOOB!

    Well I bought a 2001 WJ Limited in July for my Bday. Looking into doing a bit more trail riding/moderate wheeling this year and this is what I wanted. So far so good other than a hair line crack in the upper rad inlet(fixed) and the blend doors .

    Im planning on getting those blend doors fixed come tax return so dont flame with the next question.

    Ive been looking into getting an IRO 6.5 Critical Path Long Arm Kit. Mabey a bit over board for what I want to do but we shall see. Now Ive searched through and looked through pics but the question is.....

    Can I run 35's without messing up the axle? Ive read stories about the Dana 30 having problems running them in general, running them with a locker or over using the skinny pedal when wheeling will result in Dana 30 saddness.

    Ive also seen/read people that have wheeled them with no proplems,YET. So I thought I would come to an all Jeep Forum and the WJ section. Any insight will be helpful and flaming will be taken with grain of salt.

    So will 35's work?

  2. #2
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    It's the DANA 35 that has the reliability issues. Since you have a 4.7, you'll have the DANA 44A. They all have DANA 30s up front, and there's quite a few people around here that run 35" tires.

    What will come into play is whether or not you have Quadra-Drive, as the Vari-Lock LSDs in the axles don't like tires larger than 32" (from what I've read)

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    You summed it up pretty well. Beat on it hard and you'll destroy the D30. Be gently with it, and it is a lot more likely to survive for a while. Eventually they all break though

    Don't forget to regear for the 35's. Lock the D30 and you're a lot more likely to break it.

  4. #4
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    Easy answer: go with 33s. You can do a lot of moderate-heavy wheeling with 33s IMO.

    Not so easy answer: go get more experience before you decide that you need at least $2500 worth of lift/tire. You'll find most of the moderate wheelers hear run a 4-5" lift and usually around a 32" tire and rarely (if ever) have any issues with clearance or traction. A lot of folks run with more-heavily-built rigs and with QuadraDrive they keep up just fine.

    Of course, maybe you've already done tons of wheeling with it. I don't know. But, a lot of people come to JF thinking they need WAY more lift than they really do and just want something because "it's the most expensive". Just trying to help. What sort of experience do you have?


 

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