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Old 06-18-2011, 08:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Newbie YJ. First step in building it?

Hey everybody. I am brand new to wheeling and I need some direction. I have a 91 YJ with 35" tires, dana 30 in the front and dana 35 in the rear. What is my first step in building her up. I would like to move up to a 37" tire.
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Old 06-18-2011, 08:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What are you planning on running through with it? Trails, rocks, mud?

35's should keep you satisfied for a little bit. Does it already have a winch? You could start with some basic stuff like bumpers and homemade skid plates to get you used to working on it and comfortable.
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Depends what you want to do with it. There are a few different places to start depending on what's up. The dana 35 rear end should be pitched for a ford 8.8, ford 9, dana 44, etc. The dana 35 is crap, and they don't live long with 35's, and with 37's you are just asking to go out and break shit. So, I say swap the rear end out ASAP. Also gear it appropriately for your tire size and power, and put a locker in it. If you don't already have lockers, they help immensely on the trail, so that is another great place to put some money. After that, try to armor your rig up a bit. tuck your drivetrain up as high as you can and get a big, smooth as possible skid plate for under your rig, and get some kind of rocker protection. Where I wheel, it's nice having a flat skid plate, rocker guards with a tube on them to keep your rig just a bit further from rocks and tight trees, and everyone's skills go way up once they lock their rigs. BUT, do the rear end first, I have guys in my club breaking the dana 35 on kinda easier club runs with 33" tires, pretty rediculous.
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Ditto on the above. Get rid of the Dana 35 rear and put something better in. Don't waste money trying to "build" a Dana 35.

Probably want to install a locker in the replacement rear axle you choose. Lockers will make more of an offroad difference in performance than just about anything else. This would also be a good time to install a SYE (Slip Yoke Eliminator) kit in your transfercase and get a new rear driveshaft.

Front axle can live with 35" good driving and alloy axle shafts- bigger u-joints etc. 37" tires IMO are pushing it on the 30 front- even with upgrades. If you want 37s- I would plan for a front axle replacement as well.
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Wheel it. Fix whatever breaks with heavier-duty stuff. Repeat.
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Beef up the cage. Then go wheeling.

If you want run 37's and have a manual IMO a d44 or an 8.8 will not be strong enough. Better to spend $ on a 60 or a good 9".
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Beef up the cage. Then go wheeling.

this. If you are new to wheeling then you need to wheel. New people often get so gaught up in having the biggest baddest thing out there that they get burnout trying to keep up.

Learn how to drive, fix what breaks, upgrade to suit your style of driving and needs.
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