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Axle question from first time poster

Hey guys,

I've been reading this forum for about a month now, just to educate myself. Holy cow, you guys sure know a lot about jeeps.

A little background first:
I live near Toronto, Ontario and bought my 98 TJ Sahara new from a dealer (if only I knew then what I know now)
I love off-roading, I'm lucky, in that my family has about 2300 acres of private land in Northern Ontario that I can bomb around in. (Don't get me wrong, we are not rich, this is old farm land (if you can call it that) that has been past down from generation to generation dating back to the mid 1800's)

Anywho, I haven't made too many mods to the jeep (actually none, unless you count replacing the gas tank (whole 'nother story) and the rear tow hooks I added), but I still manage to overcome some difficult obstacles.

There, now my question - a while back you guys were talking about rear axles on a TJ, and from the factory you have a choice of Dana 35C or Dana44, I got to thinking, which one do I have. So last night I crawled underneath the Jeep to try to figure it out. I can't tell by the shape, the gas tank is sorta in the way, but I did find all sorts of numbers, but none of them said 44 or 35C or anything that came close. These numbers were stamped right on the centre of the back side of the differential. I tried looking around the edges couldn't see anything. Are these numbers some sort of code, there does appear to be a date stamped in the same place. Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: Axle question from first time poster

Welcome Rob.

The rear axle identification is easy, is the fill plug pressed in rubber or screwed in metal? If it's rubber, it's a D35, if it's screw in, it's a D44.

There should be a tag on it, attached to one of the bolts holding the cover in place, that has the gear ratio on it.

For the manual, go to Ebay, I got the FSM for our '97 for $51 including shipping.

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Thanks, that makes it easy - I have the 35. I already knew my gear ratio was 3.73 - I know that's a good thing. But I think an axle upgrade is in the works for the distant future.

I will try e-bay, I can get one from DC for $90 CDN, so I will have to see which way is better. The joys of living north of the border, always have to convert.



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I like the sig!

I'd hold out until the axle breaks, sometimes people have great luck with them, especially running the stock (or near stock) tires. You may want to pick up a spare if you find it cheap though, just in case.

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welcome,
3.73 gear [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
so do you have an auto or manual tranny? just curious (those gears are kind of rare from the factory)

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Re: Axle question from first time poster

In '98 they were stock if you ordered the Trac-Lok at the same time.

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I have a manual tranny - would you really want anything else in a jeep. Can you believe that a guy at another dealership tried to sell me auto and a/c just to up his commission. He said all the good off-roaders use auto. I said what would I want air for - the top comes off. He said, what if you are going someplace and don't want to mess up your hair. I said I'll take the wife's car thanks!!

Yeah I do have 3.73 ratio, but not the Trac-Loc, the guy I ended up buying the jeep from was very helpful - he said if I was running the bigger (30") tires, that the better ratio would be 3.73. I probably should have got the limited slip, but I enjoy doing donuts in the snow - limited slip would have put an end to that



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Wow, those are rare, the 3.73 without the Trac-Lok. The good thing about the open diff is you can stuff a Lockright in it for about $250 whereas you can't with the Trac-Lok.

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Re: Axle question from first time poster

Whats wrong with an auto?

Can someone please bring me a hammer my 33's just ate my fender again. Damn i need more lift.
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IMHO there are auto guys, and there are stick guys. I am one of the stick guys, I just don't care for autos.

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