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    I have a 2001 XJ with the upcountry package bone stock. It has a D35 with the LS diff. Already has gas tank skid front (whatever it protects) skid and front/rear tow hooks. I plan to start building it after the first of the year. Planning on about 4.5"- 5" lift with 33"s, My question is, should the first improvement be to get rid of the D35? I am really new to offroading (never been on anything more treacherous than a bumpy gravel road or wet grass). It's not that I don't want to I have just heard all the horror stories about how weak this axle is so I have been too chicken to attempt any offroading with it for fear that it will leave me stranded.

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    I have been wheeling mine hard for a year now with 33's and the D35 and never had a problem. Everyone talks about how weak they are but i have never seen one break in person. I'm not replacing mine until it's broke. I always wheel with a group so don't have to worry about breaking and being stranded.

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    I have not had any problems with the D35 on my setup (31's open) and with 33"s I dont think there would be much of a problem. The only thing I would worry about is the LSD, It shouldnt break anything but I would take it easy on the skinny pedal untill you upgrade.

    Now when I say I have not had any problems with it I have put it through about as much hell as you can on 31" MTRs. When the jeep was on the road it was doing burnouts and being launched hard. When it was off the road it was going from full throttle doughnuts in mud to sliding sideways onto dry pavement without letting off the throttle. I would run blacks and blues being both technical and stupid with the throttle and it never even made a sound. I have even barrel rolled it off of a 15' high rock pile and driven away without a problem on it.


    All I am saying is as long as its open with 33"s dont be stupid and it will last.
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    If 33's and open is your goal, you'll be fine. If you're really worried, buy an extra set of shafts just in case and learn how to change them out. If you're going to go larger and want to lock it, then you might want to think about a different axle.
    As far as the XJ's go when lifting, I think the big thing to take care of stiffening up the frame. I'm sure a few people can chime in on that.

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    im runnin 35s on my 35
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    Quote Originally Posted by rescueyj View Post
    im runnin 35s on my 35
    I wouldn't say you're actually running it

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    Quote Originally Posted by armymedic View Post
    I have been wheeling mine hard for a year now with 33's and the D35 and never had a problem. Everyone talks about how weak they are but i have never seen one break in person. I'm not replacing mine until it's broke. I always wheel with a group so don't have to worry about breaking and being stranded.
    I think I could furnish you coordinates to an "axle garden" composed entirely of axles sticking up out of the mud. But you need to wheel to get in there, and you stand a good chance of adding to the garden.
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    Would good rock rails and aftermarket bumpers be sufficient in stiffening up the unibody or would I need to buy the weld in frame stiffeners?

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    frame stiffeners
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    I was also thinking of putting in a lunch box locker in the front until I am ready to regear, then selectable lockers f/r? If I get a cheap XJ with HP D30 and Chry. 8.25 to swap out would they hold up to lockers?

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