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Old 03-31-2002, 10:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Got to thinking (could be dangerous)

I have a '97 4 banger TJ. It was rear-ended and the rear axle housing is slightly bent. It isn't bent to the point of requiring an immediate replacement, but I would like to swap in a D44 when I have the $. But, for the mean time, I'm gonna keep it, but I'm going to Colorado this summer, and I would like to have a rear locker. So, I've thought about just welding the spider gears together to give me a locker for the time being until I swap the axle. Will this be OK for a daily driver? Positives? Negatives?
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Old 03-31-2002, 10:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Umm, it's bent....beg, borrow, and steal to get some cash and put in a new rear axle....(what about insurance money?)
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Old 03-31-2002, 11:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i'm already having to beg, borrow, and steal just to get out to CO. Immediate replacement is simply not an option. I bought the Jeep already wrecked and fixed it. I've taken it to 3 seperate mechanics and all 3 have said that the axle would be fine, but I'm using it as the final excuse to eventually upgrade to a D44
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Old 03-31-2002, 12:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have a straight 35 housing I'd sell you if you were a little bit closer...
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Old 03-31-2002, 12:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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yes welded spider gears are fine, it mimicks a spool, and will be better in my opinion than a detroit or something, because its more predictable
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Old 03-31-2002, 01:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Sorry AL I disagree.

DAILY driver and TJ and WELDED do not go in the same sentance.

DO NOT WELD the Rear of A TJ... If you plan on driveing on the road. You will not be able to stear.

The coil springs do not like SPOOL'd rears. It's the same as locking in my ARB in the rear. I cant turn on the road. And neither will you. Unless you put in leaf springs. And I dont think you want to do that.

once again...DO NOT WELD OR SPOOL A TJ REAREND!

Hope I was clear. (nothing personal AL)
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Old 03-31-2002, 04:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks Bert, I didn't know that about the coil springs.
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Old 03-31-2002, 05:31 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Sorry AL I disagree.

DAILY driver and TJ and WELDED do not go in the same sentance.

DO NOT WELD the Rear of A TJ... If you plan on driveing on the road. You will not be able to stear.

The coil springs do not like SPOOL'd rears. It's the same as locking in my ARB in the rear. I cant turn on the road. And neither will you. Unless you put in leaf springs. And I dont think you want to do that.

once again...DO NOT WELD OR SPOOL A TJ REAREND!

Hope I was clear. (nothing personal AL)
How would welding the REAR affect the steering (front)? Lay off the &

The only thing he'll get is a little tire squeal in corners, big deal.
I think the more important concern is busting C-clips with it welded. Hope you have lil tires.
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Old 04-02-2002, 07:01 AM   #9 (permalink)
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welding the rear will make the jeep lean severly in the corners if he has a regular lift. (non longarm) I wouldn't weld a 35 anyway because the diff is so weak.
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