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Old March 18th, 2010, 02:02 PM   #1
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I was wanting to weld up my open diff in my YJ. I found a nice buy on an 8.8 with open 3.55 gears for $100 could not pass on it since I have been looking for awhile and the price was right (most were around 250-400)... My YJ had stock D30 and D35 with SOA done, 3.08 gears, and the YJ also had a 1970 BBC 396 swapped into it from the previous owner (nice).. well needless to say the D35 finally broke on me and I picked up the 8.8 after doing some research. here is my question I drive this on the road from time to time but @ 10mph/gallon its not my DD but still would like the option of driving it on the street from time to time and can not afford a locker at this point so the lincoln locker is definatley an option. I was going to keep the 3.55 gears for the simple fact I would only have to replace the R&P and not the carrier on my D30... my type of trail riding will be mild to medium is this a wise choice with money being a big factor right now? future plans are to swap a d44 up front but that is a year or 2 out. also a ladder bar will be in the works for this summer since I can fab one for pretty cheap and I already have anti-wrap spring perches for the 8.8 from rubicon express. oh yeah I have 35" 12.5 BFG MT on it and a th400 trans np231 transfercase with plans for SYE and CV driveshaft.

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Old March 22nd, 2010, 01:51 AM   #2
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wat? are you asking if you should weld it?
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yes that is my question should i weld it? or wait till i can save for a locker?
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i would wait to weld it. that's quite a bit of power on pavement to hold up. I'll be pulling a lsd carrier out of my 8.8 sometime soon hopefully, if you'd wanna go that route.
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yes that is my question should i weld it? or wait till i can save for a locker?
you should be fine w/ it welded, just be prepared for chirping tires on tight turns [parking lots] and stuff.

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i would wait to weld it. that's quite a bit of power on pavement to hold up. I'll be pulling a lsd carrier out of my 8.8 sometime soon hopefully, if you'd wanna go that route.
i welded up the 8.25 in joes old beater jeep that my cousin drove everyday for a few months, other then tire wear from him doin burnouts it didnt have an issue, that was w/ a harbour freight 220 wire feeder. and if i remember right the yj has had a welded rear end for awhile, and thats got a stroker and 35's
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sounds like I need to make a decision... when i do buy a locker I was going to go with a full carrier style so I would be replacing the open carrier completely I want to do some wheeling this summer and dont want to be getting stuck.. I traded a 02' gsxr 1000 for my jeep and it was basically a half done project after looking into everything... It did have 40" tires on it and I replaced them with some BFG MT 35" 12.50's it does have a 4" body lift but i'm thinking that could be removed since i decided to run the 35's to lower the COG.

I would be interested in that factory LSD when you remove it just let me know when you do and what you would want for it..

I posted som pics in my album of when it had the 40's on it check it out...

I have been riding dirtbikes and ATV's for all my life and since I got the jeep everything else is second fiddle now... I'm hooked!
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