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Old April 3rd, 2006, 06:56 PM   #1
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should I get D35 or D44?

I found the perfect '04 TJ Sport except it only has rear D35's, not 44. I plan to off-road some and use it as my DD.

As a newbie, the question I'm wondering is: Is this a deal breaker and should I wait to find one with D44, or would I be ok with only 35's?

Input would be appreciated, and soon!

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Old April 3rd, 2006, 07:05 PM   #2
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How big of a tire are u planning on running?
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Old April 3rd, 2006, 07:06 PM   #3
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depends on the price. If you wanted to you could put in a ford 8.8 for around $450 with disk brakes and 4.10 gears.

The ford 8.8 is in many ways superior axles to the d44.

d35 suck but they will hold up to mild wheeling and do just fine as a daily driver of course.

what size tires did you want.


Did you think of buying it with the intention of swapping in an 8.8 if/when you wreck the d35. If you never wreck it your golden and saved money on the 8.8

What ever you do just dont put any more additional money into a D35
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Old April 3rd, 2006, 07:07 PM   #4
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i prefer to get none modded to start with a little less likely to be prebeat and i think the 44 only came stock on rubicons. as for holding up that depends on how hard on it you are it would be fine on the street and probly light wheeling
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Old April 3rd, 2006, 07:18 PM   #5
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i prefer to get none modded to start with a little less likely to be prebeat and i think the 44 only came stock on rubicons. as for holding up that depends on how hard on it you are it would be fine on the street and probly light wheeling

not true, lots of non-rubi TJ's came with D44's in the rear right from the factory
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Old April 3rd, 2006, 08:00 PM   #6
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I found the perfect '04 TJ Sport except it only has rear D35's, not 44. I plan to off-road some and use it as my DD.

As a newbie, the question I'm wondering is: Is this a deal breaker and should I wait to find one with D44, or would I be ok with only 35's?

Input would be appreciated, and soon!

Thanks.
If you are going to wheel it, find one with the d44. It will save hassle later. There are enough of them out there.
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Old April 3rd, 2006, 09:54 PM   #7
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when i was looking for my jeep, i only had a few criteria, 4.0, 5 speed, hardtop, full doors, and most importantly to me a dana 44. I got everything i wanted and more
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Old April 3rd, 2006, 09:57 PM   #8
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As long as you don't lock the 35 you will be able to wheel it quite a bit. If its locked bring some extra shafts with you because if you break one it will work its way out of the housing and you would then have a three wheeler....

If you can find one with a 44....buy it!
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Old April 4th, 2006, 12:15 AM   #9
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Funny...I would be willing to bet that a vast majority of people that crap on the d35 never had any trouble from one that wasn't caused by poor maintenance. Not saying this about the ones that posted in this thread...just in general. I know several people on this board and others that continually say get a d44 or 8.8 and get rid of the d35 and they themselves have a d35 and have had no troubles...locked or not...and up to 35 inch tires.

Now i'll blow an axle shaft going to the grocery store.
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Old April 6th, 2006, 02:01 PM   #10
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Thanks for the advice. I plan on running it stock, at least till I get my feet wet and figure out how to drive the thing. That said, however, I think I'll wait it out and find one with 44's, so I'm not worrying about it while I'm wheeling. And if I ever want to upgrade anything, I'll be all set.
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Old April 6th, 2006, 02:12 PM   #11
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I had a 95YJ with a 35 in it and blew it apart (broke both shafts at the splines at the same time) and then upgraded to Moser Alloy axle shafts and never had a problem with it after that. I was running 33x15.50x15 SX's with 4.56 gears and a full detroit locker. Even though i grenaded mine it was still an okay axle for what i done with the Jeep. BTM
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Old April 6th, 2006, 02:27 PM   #12
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god, I wish I could find a D44 for mine... hates my D35. Hates it so much.

Plan on grenading it first before I'm forced to upgrade though. :p
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Old April 6th, 2006, 02:45 PM   #13
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like most of the replies stated, it depends on what size tires and how you wheel. the D35 will handle most things without a problem. I used to work at DCX at they test them throughly. but at the same time if you plan on upgrades. I might wait, up to you you can upgrade to a different axle also once you have it. another thing to think about most of the guys giving you the info wheel, so if it already has a D44. unless a newer rubi more than likely it has been wheeled. the D44 is an optional upgrade and as such had that in mind when originally purchased. just my input
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Old April 6th, 2006, 02:51 PM   #14
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Funny...I would be willing to bet that a vast majority of people that crap on the d35 never had any trouble from one that wasn't caused by poor maintenance. Not saying this about the ones that posted in this thread...just in general. I know several people on this board and others that continually say get a d44 or 8.8 and get rid of the d35 and they themselves have a d35 and have had no troubles...locked or not...and up to 35 inch tires.

Now i'll blow an axle shaft going to the grocery store.

Mine was regularly maintained and I blew the ring and pinion going down the highway on stock tires with a 4 banger. -- of course it had 185,000 miles on it,

Though my jeep is the ONLY vehicle of all my familys that has had a rear end blow, my dads suburban is appraoching 300,000 miles, and the vette they sold had 180,000 on it, driven hard. Plus the numerous other vehicles with no rear end problems.

Put in an 8.8 and even with the V-8 no trouble.
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Old April 6th, 2006, 04:37 PM   #15
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Mine was regularly maintained and I blew the ring and pinion going down the highway on stock tires with a 4 banger. -- of course it had 185,000 miles on it,
I would have to say something went wrong...my 35 has 250k on it and it has a locker...ran several sets of 33's through it and now on 35's. This is all hooked to a fuel injected 383. Hell, it still has stock gears. Only thing I ever did to it was put a pinion seal in it after I got fishing line wrapped around the pinion. Change the fluid once...sometimes twice a year.
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