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    Hey everyone,
    Just wondering what anyone out there has done to swap axles on there Cherokee. I have a 1999, and was looking to upgrade mine. I have a Dana 30 4.10 in the front, and Chrysler 4.10 in the rear. I don't even know if they are stock axles. I want to do lockers in at least the rear axle. I don't know a whole bunch about this stuff so I wanna know what folks out here have done. I am looking for minimal work, but it being worth while. Seems as switching to an axle off of a Ford Explorer is a popular one for the rear, since it matches up well and not modifications are needed. Disc brakes give you more stopping power as well.

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    The 8.8 is a simple swap for an XJ but look for a bolt in XJ D44
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    A Chrysler 8.25 rear end is a decent axle already. Are you going to regear? What tire size are you running? Are you looking for an auto locker, or selectable? If I were to throw a locker in there, it would be an Elocker. But they are like 800 plus labor for install . You can get an auto locker (aussie or lock rite) for under 250 plus install. Not too bad. Will this be street driven, or primarily trail truck? Budget?
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    The axles you have are stock (D30 front & Chrysler 8.25 rear) and are good axles.

    You can also adapt D35 Disc brakes to the Chry 8.25 real easy, just get everything from the donor axle (calipers, lines mounts, rotors, e-brake cables)

    Plus the D30 in the '99 is high pinion.

    I'm running 33" TSL's on my '99 (same axles) with the rear welded into a 'Lincoln Locker' (not my first choice, but it was welded when I bought it)

    They're holding up great!


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    I am looking to save money if I can, but I would rather get something that I will not stand the chance to break easy. I only plan to drive this on the road to get to trails, ect. I have 35in tires. I got this Jeep from a guy on another forum website. I will just copy paste all the info he had posted about it because I am not that mechanical when it comes to vehicles, but I am learning. I only ended up paying $4000 for it by the way. Since then I have added the roof rack, new shocks in the front, rock sliders, and bar pin eliminators. I removed the sway bar and the links all together since I rarely drive it on the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillBillE View Post
    You can also adapt D35 Disc brakes to the Chry 8.25 real easy, just get everything from the donor axle (calipers, lines mounts, rotors, e-brake cables)
    I like this idea. So all I have to do for this, if I decide to keep my stock rear axle is get a Dana 35 rear axle, and take all of the brake parts off of it? Any sort of modification that needs to be done? Know of any "how to" kind of things around?

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