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Old April 29th, 2012, 11:09 PM   #1
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I have a 1989 Jeep wrangler that i have been building sence i was 16. It was and is my first "car". I bent my rear drivers side axleshaft and idk if i should do an upgrade or replace just the axleshaft. If i went with an upgrade i wouldn't know what to look for and if i replaced the axleshaft i could be getting in over my head while im still trying to save/pay for college. I could use some advice on what the best way to go and keep the front axle and same bolt pattern.
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Old April 29th, 2012, 11:14 PM   #2
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axle shafts are cheap as well as a complete rear end. replacing an axle shaft is as easy as pulling off the tire. pushing the axle shaft inward, removing the diiff cover and pulling a single clip out. them pull the shaft out from the side after backing the brakes off.

pretty simple and takes no longer then half hour
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Old April 29th, 2012, 11:34 PM   #3
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is there an axle that would i cud swap with my d35 that would have a better gear ratio and not interfere with my front axle and that would have the same bolt pattern so i could also keep my rims? If so wheres the best place to find it or is there another truck it may have came stock on
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im assuming your new to 4x4s. nothing is a bolt in swap that would be worth anything. it will cost more and not be worth your time. if you swap the rear axle with a different gear ratio and you will have to swap the front as well.
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yes i am new. and i am learning very quickly that when you break things they cost alot of money to fix. thank you for your help.
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i would buy a matching rear end and just swap the shafts out. no worries man. let me know if you need anymore help
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I agree, a fun first project would be to swap an new shaft. Good to know how to do, cause if it happens on the trail, it sux to learn it then.
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axle shafts are cheap as well as a complete rear end. replacing an axle shaft is as easy as pulling off the tire. pushing the axle shaft inward, removing the diiff cover and pulling a single clip out. them pull the shaft out from the side after backing the brakes off.

pretty simple and takes no longer then half hour
Yjs do not use c clips they are retained by the bearing retainer.

Low still level replace axle shaft, if you have someone to help you and can weld get a explorer 8.8 and swap it out but this is not for a beginner
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Yj's do use c-clips. I think the early Dana 35s might not have though?
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Yjs do not use c clips they are retained by the bearing retainer.

Low still level replace axle shaft, if you have someone to help you and can weld get a explorer 8.8 and swap it out but this is not for a beginner
That's funny. My sons stock '91 YJ has a D35 with c-clips. Do some more homework.
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Yj's do use c-clips. I think the early Dana 35s might not have though?
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I have a 1989 Jeep wrangler that i have been building sence i was 16. It was and is my first "car". I bent my rear drivers side axleshaft and idk if i should do an upgrade or replace just the axleshaft. If i went with an upgrade i wouldn't know what to look for and if i replaced the axleshaft i could be getting in over my head while im still trying to save/pay for college. I could use some advice on what the best way to go and keep the front axle and same bolt pattern.
I have a set of spare rear shafts I'll sell you for $50 plus shippig.
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yes i am new. and i am learning very quickly that when you break things they cost alot of money to fix. thank you for your help.
This is one of the first lessons to be learned.
If you use your 4x4 to play, it is an expensive hobby.
Not trying to dissuade you at all. Just warn you.
You're on the right track, asking for advice and learn quick.
Good luck.
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So, how did you bend it?

How much air did you get?
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Old April 30th, 2012, 09:39 AM   #15
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Did some homework sir 87-89 were Non c clip so that would make me correct since op has a 89
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I would put a stock axle shaft in it for now,because it is cheap and easy.If you can save up a few hundred bucks buy a 8.8 ford rear axle from a explorer for a swap down the road.
The ford axle is the same wheel bolt pattern,almost the same width,and very strong.The newer ones come with disc brakes,many have a factory(pos) locker.If you have a 4cyl jeep it may have 410 gears,which are comon in explorers,6cyl may have 373 which are also common in fords.
Just search 8.8 in a yj,it's been done a million times. If you are going to keep your jeep,and wheel it,a 8.8 is one of the best mods on a tight budget.
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Did some homework sir 87-89 were Non c clip so that would make me correct since op has a 89
Your comment says YJ's, not a specific year. They made YJ's for a long time.
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I would put a stock axle shaft in it for now,because it is cheap and easy.If you can save up a few hundred bucks buy a 8.8 ford rear axle from a explorer for a swap down the road.
The ford axle is the same wheel bolt pattern,almost the same width,and very strong.The newer ones come with disc brakes,many have a factory(pos) locker.If you have a 4cyl jeep it may have 410 gears,which are comon in explorers,6cyl may have 373 which are also common in fords.
Just search 8.8 in a yj,it's been done a million times. If you are going to keep your jeep,and wheel it,a 8.8 is one of the best mods on a tight budget.
Def 8.8 if your going to wheel it. Cheap and fairly easy.
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if i did the 8.8 swap cud i keep my front axle as long as the gear ratios are the same?
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Yes. That is if you can match it up. If you have a 4.0L, more than likely you have a 3.07 ratio. I don't think 8.8's were produced with that ratio. You can find 3.55, 3.73, and 4.10's all day long though. Your easiest and best bet would be to replace the shaft. You can get an 8.8, but you then have to set pinion angles and weld perches, rework brake lines, rework the parking brake, and weld your shock mounts. You also have to adapt your driveshaft to flange mount. You might get a complete rearend for $2-300, but you'll have $750 in it before you know it.
The 8.8 is the way to go though if you are building up.
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