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Old 03-28-2009, 10:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have no expierence with jeeps and was wondering if this axle could hold up to 34 ltbs? If its going to snap axles constantly I could just as easily keep replacing d28 axles in my Ranger but came across a D30 for a descent price.
Ranger is trail truck only and is going to be beaten with some aggression. No real rock crawling just hill climbs and off camber washout type of stuff mostly loose dirt and mud. Motor is a 2.9 v6 with 5 speed.
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here is the answer to your question... maybe.

it depends on how your drive... if your locking the axle.

One my best friends has a 97 tj on 35s with stock axle shafts and arbs front and rear. He has never broken an axle. But he is also a very smooth driver. If you have a selectable locker up front you can unlock it when you dont need it and this lowers the stress the axle sees.

You said alot of mud... this means in my mind not alot of traction. this allows you to get away with more.

What would i do?
I would skip the dana 30, even though i know they are almost a perfect fit for you, and go to a dana 44. The 44 has been used in so many applications that there must be one that will for you. With a 44 you could romp on it all day for years with 34s and not break anything.
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Old 03-28-2009, 10:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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full float or unit bearing Dana 30?
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here is the answer to your question... maybe.

it depends on how your drive... if your locking the axle.

One my best friends has a 97 tj on 35s with stock axle shafts and arbs front and rear. He has never broken an axle. But he is also a very smooth driver. If you have a selectable locker up front you can unlock it when you dont need it and this lowers the stress the axle sees.

You said alot of mud... this means in my mind not alot of traction. this allows you to get away with more.

What would i do?
I would skip the dana 30, even though i know they are almost a perfect fit for you, and go to a dana 44. The 44 has been used in so many applications that there must be one that will for you. With a 44 you could romp on it all day for years with 34s and not break anything.
thats my problem I cant find a 44 in the right price range Ive got 2 options either a 8lug d44 hp or jeep D30 and Im only runnin 34 ltbs sooo the 8lug is going to be a pain in the ass trying to find a rearend to match. as far as my driving style about 80% of the time Im fairly smooth and concervative but everynow and then I enjoy a good thrashing Ive made my junk ass D28 last about 2 months on the trails I like to ride until I got the wild idea to try and break and axle.. I succeeded but dumping the clutch in 2nd at 4500rpm... it could have been worse b/c I was showing off. And I would like to lock it but if I did it would be lincoln locked Im trying to keep this truck as cheap as possible because Im still new at this and dont want to dump to much cash in if I change direction later.
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I can think of 4 different "Jeep" Dana 30's. Care to be more specific where it's comming from.
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I can think of 4 different "Jeep" Dana 30's. Care to be more specific where it's comming from.
Not a clue its out of a 97 TJ (whatever that is) and it has 4:10 gears. I know zero about Jeeps so idk what style that would be but Ive heard raves and rants about them and figure pirate oughtta hold the more honest opinion without all the brand loyalty.
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Not a clue its out of a 97 TJ (whatever that is) and it has 4:10 gears. I know zero about Jeeps so idk what style that would be but Ive heard raves and rants about them and figure pirate oughtta hold the more honest opinion without all the brand loyalty.
that's probably not going to hold your 34's. I can explode them at will on 35's crawling.

Look for one out of a small Cherokee.
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Run it. Just learn to take it apart and buy some spare axle shafts.
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Thats what I meant if its going to bust axles constantly I could just as easily keep replacing the TTB BS the ranger has while I wait for a good deal on a 44.
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Dude a D35 BOLTS in, and is nearly as strong as a D44 and you can get them CHEAP. Don't bother with a turdy.
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Dude a D35 BOLTS in, and is nearly as strong as a D44 and you can get them CHEAP. Don't bother with a turdy.
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Dude a D35 BOLTS in, and is nearly as strong as a D44 and you can get them CHEAP. Don't bother with a turdy.
Is that so? Please ellaborate.

To the OP, A front 30 with Chromos and quality u-joint will hold up to 34's. Just don't get stupid with the skinney pedal. You really want a HP30 which can be found in the Cherokee's or YJ's.

I ran a HP30(built to the hilt) in my YJ on 36's with zero issues. I just had to be carefull on the skinney.
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do these guys know that the newer rangers run a D35 center section up front with the IFS?
i wouldnt bother unless you get the TJ D30 with spare shafts.
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Is that so? Please ellaborate.

To the OP, A front 30 with Chromos and quality u-joint will hold up to 34's. Just don't get stupid with the skinney pedal. You really want a HP30 which can be found in the Cherokee's or YJ's.

I ran a HP30(built to the hilt) in my YJ on 36's with zero issues. I just had to be carefull on the skinney.
If you fools had reading comprehension you'd see he has a ranger with a TTB D28, the TTB D35 BOLTS IN, spend a couple hours to swap it, gain tons of strength over the D28 and then when you really want to spend the time and money to SAS it, you can do it right. Until then, a small amount of money and few hours will gain you a lot of strength.
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do these guys know that the newer rangers run a D35 center section up front with the IFS?
i wouldnt bother unless you get the TJ D30 with spare shafts.
mine is an 88 so its a d28 ttb= pile o shit

I was looking for a alternative to the 35 ttb b/c well it sucks lol bolt in or not its still more hassle than a solid axle to maintain. That being said Ill prolly just go that route so this thread can die off.
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If you fools had reading comprehension you'd see he has a ranger with a TTB D28, the TTB D35 BOLTS IN, spend a couple hours to swap it, gain tons of strength over the D28 and then when you really want to spend the time and money to SAS it, you can do it right. Until then, a small amount of money and few hours will gain you a lot of strength.
If you would look at the top of the page. This is the Jeep non-hardcore forum. We don't give a flyinfuk about what axle works best in your Ferd.
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If you would look at the top of the page. This is the Jeep non-hardcore forum. We don't give a flyinfuk about what axle works best in your Ferd.
you were thinking the D35 rear axle werent you?
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if you go with a D30 and keep buying axles you are going to spend more money than you would buying d44. You said you had an 8 lug D44 just switch to ford 5lug outters and your good.

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