I have a lot of questions for the dana 30 axle and disconnect fork experts....
1) Do people normally break the spline collar??
2) If I upgrade to a solid piece axle on the passenger side do I have to remove the bearings supporting the axle half-shafts??
3) What is the benefit of the cable disconnect upgrade?
4) Is there an upgrade for the shifter fork?
Okay here is the carnage picture:
I can get the shift collar and shift fork and (2) plastic wear pads from SixStates for about $45 not including shipping charges since they have to order the parts from from alaska. I figure that is what I will do for now for a fix and not an upgrade.
If you look at the picture below you will notice a small step in the splines on the right side shaft. Is this what it is suppose to look like? I can't tell because it looks like a machine surface. I like the fact of having a cheap weak point so that I don't break the valueable gear work. Is this the right way to think? See I would like to upgrade to a single solid shaft if i could but that would move the weak point to another spot.
I know that I have 33" tires with 4.56 gears (open front, true trak rear) and I do push it pretty hard when there is a camera nearby but at the same time I don't play on slick rock which could be fatal with my 33's. Am I doing the right thing or should I upgrade to 95 and newer XJ/YJ single piece axles or the dreaded and expensive dana 44 swap front and rear???? I guess the question is not if I should, but should I consider it since we all know that dana 44 is beefier than the dana 30 front & dana 35c.
Any comments would be helpfull since I don't know what would be best for me and most economical.
87' XJ, 8" Lift, 33x12.50 Tires, Ramps 1000+