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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-14-2005, 05:09 PM
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I bought a YJ

I bought a jeep this weekend..........finally
It is a 1994 jeep wrangler S 2.5L It only has 90000 miles on it. It check real good on carfax.

My question is, What axles do it have? I think i have a Dana 35 in the rear just not sure of the front. Also i want to put a detroit ez locker in it and was wondering if it is ok to do just the rear for now? It has a 3in body lift and 30x9.5 brand new tires. I also want to do a 2.5 susp. lift or should i wait and just do a good set of shocks. This is only a weekend driver for the desert. No rock climbing and stuff just hard pack desert and some soft sand.
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Re: I bought a YJ

Cograts on the purchase. If it were me, after what I've learned here and through my own experiences (not an expert), I would decrease the body lift to 1 inch, and do the 2.5 inch lift springs and shocks. This should allow you to run 31 inch tires comfortably, which is all the bigger you should go with the 4 cylinder without re-gearing.

You have a D30 front and yes most likely a D35 rear. The D35 rear is thought of as very weak. With the four cylinder and 31's you can probably lock it up and be OK in the sand, but be careful and smart with the skinny pedal. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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i blew up my D35 with my 4 popper....so be careful...i would advise not locking the rear.....

an aussie locker in the front would do good though....agree with the lift advice above.

a ford 8.8 shouldnt be had on a leaf spring jeep....so you might want to save for that for the rear end....theres lots of guys here that are your end of the country that would prolly volenteer to help you
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Re: I bought a YJ

Sounds like you've gotten good advice here.

Lose the 3" body lift - go down to 1" or 1.25". JKS makes a nice 1.25" body lift.

A 2.5" suspension lift, and a Ford 8.8 rear axle, with 31" tires would be a good combination for the Jeep. With your 4 cyl. engine, you probably have 4.10:1 gears. The 8.8 can be found with 4.10:1 gears, so that should work out nicely for you.

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where can one find ford 8.8 and how hard is it to swap out?
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you need to weld on spring perches....or have someone do that....

i got the axle for 300 or so and the spring perches can be had from M.O.R.E.

i found my axle from a 97 explorer at a junk yard, found it at www.car-parts.com

you want 97 or newer i think, so its a 31 spline, you'll want matching gears (4.10)

grind off the ford mounts...weld on new ones.

comes with disc brakes so that's a nice bonus

do a google search
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Re: I bought a YJ

Just to add to what Greg said.

Get a 96 or newer axle, all of the explorers came with 31 spline but the post 96 has the disk brakes.

The Sport track also has the 31 spline.

Rangers, mustangs and t-birds have 29 spline.

The nice thing about the Exploder swap is that the axle is virtually the same width and has the same bolt pattern as teh D35.
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