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Old March 11th, 2013, 11:03 AM   #1
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Kind of new on here, but I have a 2000 TJ on 35" BFG M/T Km2s. 4" of lift. I still have the Dana 30 in the front with a lock rite locker and the Dana 35 in the rear stock. I first want to swap out my rear end, but don't know if I want the Dana 44 Rubicon because it has the air locker and it bolts in, or go bigger to a Dana 60? My plan for the rig is to do minor crawling, nothing huge and some good trails. I've been up at twisted and have done well on all all the trails. I plan on sticking with 35's for a couple years at least. The highest I want to go is 37's. Thoughts on axles? Also the budget is not unlimited unfortunately :)
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Put in a ford 8.8

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8.8 in the rear and RCV shafts in the front and run it.
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I'm in the same boat and was considering some G2 44's front and rear. I'm planning on 35's but a V8 swap wondering if the 44's will hold up to mild rocks but mostly just trails.
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8.8 in the rear and RCV shafts in the front and run it.
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Thanks. I do have access to an 8.8 relatively cheap too. Thanks for the insight! If it helps down the road I might be putting in a V8 as well. I'm sure with an 8.8 I will benefit?
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I have a friend with a 5.3L, he was running 35's with the 8.8 no problem. He did shear off every bolt on the ring gear but I think they were defective bolts to begin with.
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8.8 all the way. I read somewhere the maximum torque rating is around 4600 lb ft for a d44 axle shaft, 5100 for a 8.8, and 5500 for a dana 60.
I am in the process of building a jig to put a 8.8 in my tj right now.
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Yeah, I am leaning towards the 8.8 now. Cheaper to re-gear than a rubi 44.
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I'd like to jump to 4.88 gears
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