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which axle???

Unread postby blackd-out-chev » Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:36 am

how do i identify what rear axle i have in my 88 cherokee??? the only marks i could find on it were on the driver side top part of the diff on the yoke side and it was a 3. please help!!! thanks
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Unread postby TallGuy » Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:05 pm

Is it round, or is it shaped more like a D44?

It's most likely a D35 - the D44 was only on a tow package option or something like that.

http://www.cherokeeforum.com/showthread ... 9a2&t=7043
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Unread postby jeeperak » Wed Dec 17, 2008 7:37 am

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Unread postby Flop » Wed Dec 17, 2008 8:31 am

14ff. Post a pic of your axle pumpkin.
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Unread postby blackd-out-chev » Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:32 am

ok...upon some serious serious gunk removal in the corners... and a bit of paint...its a dana 35c... thanks guys
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Unread postby archangel » Wed Dec 17, 2008 10:31 am

That axle is garbage. I'd be on the hunt for something better...quick.... With the 36's and d35c...its only a matter of time before that thing gives up... You can get a D44 out of an 87 comanche or cherokee with tow package. The other good option is a ford 8.8 rear axle...disk brakes, and easy to swap in. same bolt pattern...
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Unread postby jeeperak » Wed Dec 17, 2008 1:16 pm

i had great luck with the 8.8 and 36s for a long time, ran locker and drove the piss out of it, the swap was a cinch too
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Unread postby blackd-out-chev » Thu Dec 18, 2008 1:24 am

been thinkin bout swappin it since before i even got it...just guna wait for this axle to blow up and then do the swap maybe...just dpends how the job thing goes....
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Unread postby Loco » Thu Dec 18, 2008 10:30 am

blackd-out-chev wrote:been thinkin bout swappin it since before i even got it...just guna wait for this axle to blow up and then do the swap maybe...just dpends how the job thing goes....


A lot of people overestimate the d35.. Until you break one on the street with little tires.............. Seriously, if its going offroad ever then swap it out while you can and dont be a trail plug. At the very least get some spare shafts for it. Actually I have a set of alloys for it that will make it last a lilttle longer if youre interested. [side track] Seriously tho, with 36s its on a short fuse.
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Unread postby blackd-out-chev » Thu Dec 18, 2008 7:56 pm

if ne body finds a good deal on either a 44 or the 8.8 leme know bout it... ive had it out 5x with the 36s already and i wasnt bein nice to it. i think im gunna leave it unlocked to try not to break it until im able to do a swap. hopefully itll last til then... thanks guys
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Unread postby Ashman » Thu Dec 18, 2008 9:50 pm

I saw 8.8s going for about $500 and 14 bolts for next to free, thats why I put my $500 towards a d60 front and a free 1ton rear......


The 8.8s a good setup but they are hard to find cheap.
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Unread postby Flop » Fri Dec 19, 2008 10:46 am

Like Dave, 1 tons... Do it right the first time and save some cash. 60s are around, I recently picked up 2 sets of 60/14b axles with Detroits in the 14bs and 4.56s for just over $400 a set... They're around, you just have to look. :thumb:
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Unread postby blackd-out-chev » Fri Dec 19, 2008 4:39 pm

keep an eye out for me fellers...thanks
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Unread postby Loco » Mon Jan 05, 2009 10:16 pm

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Unread postby LUGSLAP » Sun Mar 22, 2009 8:10 am

If you want to go the cheap route and build a bit at a time, go with the 8.8 You can find them by the truckloads in AZ on AARA.com (Arizona Automotive Recyclers Association most are junkyards in Tucson and PHX) search for a 98 ford explorer (it will give you all acceptable years. You can find them with various ratio's for as cheap as $150 (or less). Bring the thing home and grind the mounts off and at least you have a start when the 35 goes. It will, its only a matter of time, mine went by way of a twisted axle tube, but most go by way of the axle breaking.

Mountain off road enterprises (M.O.R.E) sells complete kits for the leaf perches and shock mounts. I gained an inch of lift in the back just from the axle tube and higher spring mounts. I started with the ford trac lock and 4.10 gears that came in it from the Junkyard and slowly moved up to the Super 88 kit and an electric locker.

At least twice I have spent a long day and night on the trail due to a 35 breaking. Think about your buddies also. If they are truly your friends they will be stuck out on the trail with you also. It took a lot of winch time to get a buddy out of the last 1/2 mile of Pritchett Canyon last year and that was due to the spider gears letting go. I have some cheap tricks to do the brakes cheap too on the 8.8 Let me know if you ever go that route. It is a c-clip axle still but with 31 splines and 1 1/4" shafts. I beat the hell out of mine with 35's for a long time and finally got rid of the C-Clips with the super 88 kit prior to Moab, mainly I did that to get some track width as I have 16" wheel with only 4.5" of back spacing.
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Unread postby cook_141 » Fri Jun 19, 2009 8:06 am

josh i have a amc 20 out of a jeep wagon and a dana 44 if you want them we could make some thing work trade or some thing :thumb:
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