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Re: Give me reasons why i should swap out my d35
Jeep went with the D35 axles, because they are cheap, reliable enough to survive the warranty with stock tires and slightly larger. They will not survive for long, however, when used with larger high traction tires aired down for maximum traction. Especialy with lockers and low gears. The fact that any manufacturers components wont work reliably when taken outside of their design parameters is nothing new. The bad thing about the D35 is that with its C clip design, if you do snap an axle shaft, there is nothing left to retain the shaft, so it will simply fall out of the axle assembly with your tire attached. Not a very good quality in an axle that may be carrying you 50 miles or more into the middle of nowhere.
Unfortunately, the best argument to sway a steadfast non believer about the inheirant weak attributes of the D35, is to allow them to run it for a while. The money spent, and time waisted, and aggravation brought about by that POS will sway you everytime. You will at that point probably have spent what the swap would have cost in the beginning, but hey, you will have the proof you need.
I used to snap my D35 (fortunately not a C clip version), about every 4th trip($100 each time for junk yard assemblies with bearrings), when I was running 35" tires and 75:1 gear ratio.
Good luck with your argument. I hate seeing guys broke down on the trail with no way to get home.
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