A D35 is capable of standing up to 35's under some harsh punishment....keep in mind that this front end is different from the heep 35's as well (for those who are reading it. You can upgrade the hubs to warn jeep hubs, clearance the axle shaft yokes so they dont bind, and upgrade to 297 u jonts in the front and you should be fine with it....the strength of a D44 is really only in the ring/pinon set up over this axle - that and the wheel bearing spacing on the 35 is a little narrow which requires lots of attention to keep the bearings in good shape
Edit: And a D35 from a ranger is the same as a D35 from a sploder'
Theres a few guys over on therangerstation.com that are running 37's on this front end with minimal problems.
That said, lifting and tweaking the TTB to perform and maintain good street manners can take alot of time and money.....but if you want something thats just bolt in that's a good option.....
Personally though, for 38's I'd skip the D44 and go with a 60 if you're going to do a solid axle swap.....just because you'll gain alot more strength for minimal cost over a 44 (which isn't really a huge upgrade over the 35 unless you've got bling shafts and joints which make it very expensive....)
Last edited by chris1044; March 14th, 2006 at 10:37 AM.