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    Default D44 Swap or Ford 8.8

    Hello all,

    I have a bit of a dilemma. I have been cursed by the Jeep Gods with a D35 rear-end that contains 3.07 gears. My goal here is to be able to run 33" tires while using my Jeep as my daily driver. I don't do a lot of extreme wheeling or anything. Mostly use the Jeep to get to remote fishing or camping spots.

    My question is this: should I spend the money on a bolt-in D44 swap, or should I try to save a buck by doing the Ford 8.8 install but risk getting lost in the sauce?

    Someone did suggest to me once that I should just re-gear the D35 and go with that since I don't do a lot of crazy rock crawling. But, I've heard of way too many D35's breaking just from bigger tires while driving on the street. Plus, who knows...maybe I will get into rock crawling someday.

    So, what do you guys suggest?

    regards,
    Joel

    PS - Just an FYI, I will be running the DPG Ultimate Kit as my lift. I'll figure out wheels and tires once I get this issue resolved.

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    I'd go with your 'someone's' recommendation. If you're not wheeling it hard, don't waste the time or effort unless you come across a slammin deal. Even if you get a bolt up 44 for the rear, you'd have to regear the front as our X's were the only ones to come with 3.07's. I've been there man. Just regear the sucker, and if you start feeling frisky, start looking for another axle. I wheeled the dog piss out of my 35 before it snapped, and that was on 35's.

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    I've been wheeling my D35 with 3.07 gears on 33's for a year now while I piece together my SOA 8.8 upgrade. If you're only doing light wheeling you should be fine just regearing, but if you do want to upgrade all the numbers say the 8.8 is stronger than the 44. Something to think about.
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    Hell yeah. If you do ever wind up going up, 8.8 is the way to go. 44 is nice cause generally you can find a bolt up 44 w/ 4.10 and a locker from a trashed on in a yard, but 88 is stronger adn you going build it as you go, as enil01 and myself did.

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    I think I'll end up just running Super 35's and see what happens.

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    I wouldn't spend the money. The money dumped into the 35 will put you a lot closer to another complete axle.

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    I'm not listening to you because of your disclaimer

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    Quote Originally Posted by 05warrior View Post
    I'm not listening to you because of your disclaimer
    How about I repeat it for him so you can listen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 05warrior View Post
    I'm not listening to you because of your disclaimer
    Now that's hilarious. Honestly, I laughed out loud like an idiot.

    Anyway...thanks for all of the input here. That "someone" was Dirk from DPG. He suggested that I just re-gear if I'm not doing anything crazy. A couple people suggested that I do the S35, which is attractive because it is cost effective if I just plan on keeping the D35. The situation that I want to avoid is: breaking the D35 and having to drop some serious cash in order to get the Jeep back on the road. It is my daily driver and I'll be damned if I'm ever called out of ranks.

    I suppose re-gearing the D35 wouldn't be that bad of an option. But, if I go that route then for the extra what...$500...I should just have the S35 & Detroit locker thrown in there while they have the pumpkin open. ???

    I know I said I'm just going to run 33's as a DD, but this whole Jeep thing appears to be a sickness of some sort. Right now I have 31's but after I do the lift...that is going to make the Jeep look like one of those lowriders with the tiny wheels sticking way out. Can't have that. So, I plan on throwing 33's on there...but might just go balls out and get some 35's.

    What the hell.

    regards,
    Joel

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    super 35, regear and keep spare shafts. its very rarely the carrier that snaps, its usually the shaft right at the spline and or C-clip going into the carrier. Spare shaft will get you home and to formation the next day.

    although i should ask, are you heavy on the skinny pedal?
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