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Old September 26th, 2007, 10:55 AM   #1
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On my 97 TJ I have a dana 30 in front and a dana 35 in back. I would love to upgrade but do not have that kind of cash right now.

My question is what spare parts should I carry for each of these axles in the event of breakage on the trail? I figured extra axle shafts for the dana 35, but what else?

I basically want to be able to drive my Jeep home in either front or rear drive only without having to use a trailer.

Am I being unrealistic? :chiefwoohaw:
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Old September 26th, 2007, 01:15 PM   #2
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I would carry a spare shaft for the rear, carry few spare u-joints. The rear drive shaft and front share the same ones. So i'd carry 2 or so. Than a u-joint for the front axle shaft. If you brake a front shaft, you can always leave the shaft out and just run with the outtershaft installed to limp it home.

Carry spare U-joint straps...
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Old September 30th, 2007, 09:40 PM   #3
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Thanks!

Any one else have any suggestions?
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You have it pretty much covered with the D35 shafts and spare u-joints, but make sure you have some gear lube and a 12 point 1/4" box end wrench. A set of spider gears wouldn't hurt, either. If you can, carry a pair of extra shafts for the D30, as well. I ran with basically these spare parts for a couple years on my TJ, and I always made it home with 31" MTs to 35" Boggers. I eventually upgraded to an 8 3/4 out of a Road Runner for the rear, but kept the D30 and spares for the front- I haven't needed the spare front shafts yet, but I'm sure I would if I stopped carrying them. :miff:

*Edit- understand that D35 shaft breakage is messy, and it is usually a PITA to get the broken peices out. Don't plan on the shaft replacement being a cakewalk in the field. (Or laying on you back in the creek next to Rockface @ The Badlands- not that I had to swap a D35 shaft there, or anything) :tonka:
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get a nice strong wand magnet. This can be used to stick inside the axle housing where the shaft slips in. It will grab the broken peice and pull it out. I had to do this on my front dana 44
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Thanks guys!

I got my spare D35 axle shafts and spider gears w/washers and c-clips. Should I carry a spare carrier, or am I all set?

For the front D30 I just plan on getting a spare outer shaft, are both sides the same or do I need to carry two of them?
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Thanks guys!

I got my spare D35 axle shafts and spider gears w/washers and c-clips. Should I carry a spare carrier, or am I all set?

For the front D30 I just plan on getting a spare outer shaft, are both sides the same or do I need to carry two of them?
Both of the outer shafts are the same.

If you ever remove your front axle shafts, be sure to reinstall the outer shaft. It is what holds the wheel bearing together. We have a couple of Spicer brand new d30 stub shafts around the shop. Shoot me a pm for a price if you want.
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I would carry both front shafts, inner and outer complete with u-joint. It takes just as long to replace an outer as a complete shaft, and you can get a complete pair for $100 used. At the very least, carry two outers so you can still drive the Jeep in the event you pop both front u-joints at the same time .
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