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    Alright I gotta '06 Tj sittin on 33s. I'm wanting to put lockers in it. It has the stock dana 30 and 35 in it with 3:08 gears. I want to go up to 3:73s. Do I have to change it all out at once including new axles or is it just a good idea? Maybe a dumb question but hell I don't know, I'm learnin as I go...

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    Well, with 33's on the stock 35 and 30 I wouldn't lock it until you upgraded your axle shafts.
    Once you do that, I wouldn't re-gear it unless you had the lockers waiting to go in. There's no point in paying someone to do the gears once, just to pull the carrier out a few months down the road and put the locker in.
    In all honesty, I would go ahead and find a ford 8.8 out of a late 90's explorer before you throw money into a D35. It probably wouldn't cost you much more. Also, for gears, if you've got a manual trans you'll want 4.10's minimum. If an auto, you'll probably want 4.56s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffb_79 View Post
    Well, with 33's on the stock 35 and 30 I wouldn't lock it until you upgraded your axle shafts.
    Once you do that, I wouldn't re-gear it unless you had the lockers waiting to go in. There's no point in paying someone to do the gears once, just to pull the carrier out a few months down the road and put the locker in.
    In all honesty, I would go ahead and find a ford 8.8 out of a late 90's explorer before you throw money into a D35. It probably wouldn't cost you much more. Also, for gears, if you've got a manual trans you'll want 4.10's minimum. If an auto, you'll probably want 4.56s.
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    When I went to 33's I had 3.73's and it was the pits. I'm now running 4.56's on a 2.5l auto.
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    X3-Upgrade the rear axel before locking it/dumping a lot of money in it.

    While I have seen D35's hold up with 35" tires and locked, I've seen more break.

    As far as gears, the cut off on the D30 is 3:55 and down numerically, and 3:73 and up.

    So you will need a new carrier for the front axle when you regear.

    It is better (and less expensive) to do the gears and lockers at the same time, if you can. Especially if you're paying a shop to do it, if you're doing it yourself, it's mostly a labor/time issue when doing it seperately.


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    I will speak from experience.
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    I know it is hard. There is nothing worse than paying to unf*ck what you did the first time. Costs a lot more that way. My .02 is research and figure out where you want to be before doing anything. What is the biggest tire you will want to run? What are the trails you want to concur? I researched for 2 years before I finally took the plunge to unf*ck mine. Now it is a beast.
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    Agree with the other 4 others before me don't bother with a D35. Save you money and do some research. You can find 8.8s nice and cheap and if you keep you eye on the local boards and CL you may run across a D44. What is in your jeep 4.0l or 2.5, manual or auto? Do you ever plan on going to 35's or bigger?

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    Thanks yall, I got a 4.0 with a manual and yes eventually I do want to step up to 35s. But that opens up a whole nother can of worms there. This could get expensive, maybe a winch would be cheaper for now..lol

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    If your future plans are to go 35's I would hold off like everyone else said. Look into upgrading the rear axle with either 8.8 of D44. I would run 4.88 with 35's. They will also work with 33's until you get the new shoes.

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    What about the front, do I stick with the 30?

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    No do not stick with the 30. Find a set of Danna 44's or go big with tons. I run 35's on my 04 and have 44s front and rear with 4:88s. No mine is not a rubicon. It's better. Like I said before. Figure out how big you wanna go then research parts and save. i know it is hard, but you want to do it only once. Unlike me I am on my 3rd time.
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