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    My TJ has the stock D35 and D30 axles. Eventually I will be replacing the axles but I dont think I will be able to afford it until I graduate in a year and a half. I have been reading a lot of forums on another site that says the D35 just cant handle a locker. Is this true? I am looking at a lunchbox locker like the Aussie or Lockrite. I want it to be capable until I have more money to throw at my rig. So I plan on throwing a lunchbox on one of the axles. Which axle would be best? Can my axles handle the locker? I have 33's on the TJ with a 2.5 suspension lift and 1 in body. Thanks for any advice.

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    For the most part your D35 isn't sturdy enough for a locker. It has to be the weakest rear axle in the modern Jeep line. Your D30 front can handle a locker better, but since you don't have lock-out hubs I wouldn't suggest a front locker for handling/steering purposes.
    Like many have suggested in a different thread (New/Old Locker...cool), save your money, and head to a pull-a-part, and find a Ford 8.8 (with disc brakes & the same gear ratio as your front axle) and use that as your starting point for an axle built.
    A local Pull-a-part (by me) sells axles for like $75 to $180 dollars, even 1 ton's. So shop around, and make those pennies count for something.

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    I know someone that locked a dana 35 with 3.73 gearing, and hasn't broken anything.
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    I run Assuies in both mine dana 30 front and 44 rear. The trade off is that it makes tight turns on the trail a little rough but they are awsome for the price. you can tackle the install yourself
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    If you don't have the money to replace the axle when it breaks, then don't do it.
    I would throw an aussie up front in the D30 before I thought about putting one in the D35.

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    If you want to lock the rear, I'd think about a D44 0r an 8.8. D35 is a time bomb!
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    lock the front leave the d35 alone
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    I have been convinced so looking for a lunchbox for my front. Anybody know of any good deals? Northridge is out of the D30 version. I have seen the Lockrite as low as 279 shipped.

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    Keep your eyes open and be patient. They can be found used for 75-100 on craigs list. Watch greatlakes4x4,pirate and jeep forum. If worried you can always get new springs and pins

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    I ran my TJ for 3 years with a d35 rear and an Aussie locker with no problems. You have to remember that you have a d35, and you need to be easy on the skinny pedal. When I moved up to 35's, I switched over to an 8.8 with another Aussie. I still run mine with 3:73 gears.
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