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Re: Is the RE 4.5\" heavy duty lift w/33\" tires safe?
the 4.5" kit will probably be enough lift but you might need a 1" body lift or a couple cuts with the swazall. As for the axles the front should be fine since i think most '95's have 297x u-joints which are the same as those that come in d44's. The rear is questionable. Some people make d35's live for ever and others kill them every time they go out. I personally swapped my d35 for a ford exploer 8.8. My guess is you could do the swap for under $500 though i'm not sure if you could throw gears in there for that cheep unless you know how to install them. I went with an 8.8 because they have bigger ring gear, 31 spline shafts vs 27 spline d35 shafts, factory rear discs my jeep stops on a dime now (not really but much better than it used to), and bigger tubes. It is a c-clip axle though the discs are susposed to hold the axles in when you brake a shaft. If you want unbreakable get a 35 spline d60. I got my 8.8 for $250 w/ 3.55's (they matched my front axle, 4.10s were a factory option). Then put probably $100 into new brake pads, cutting the rotars, a new brake line (i think i used 2 pass side soft lines and my d35 hard lines), gear lube, and other mis parts. New spring pads and shock mounts will run you less than $50 a set. Now add up the costs for welding and you are good to to. I second the 4.88's, they will put you back into the factory rpm range with 33's and will work for 35's alright.