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Old 03-03-2006, 07:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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D35 to 8.25 swap

I'm assuming it's a direct bolt-in with the exception of the u-bolts but does the driveshaft yoke, flange, joint, blah blah blah bolt right up? I don't have one to compare just yet but would like to get the parts coming so I can swap this out in an afternoon without having to run back and forth.
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Old 03-03-2006, 10:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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why "upgrade".... to a 8.25 ?? go bigger, all you are getting is a little thicker axle tube and 2 more splines.... go 44 or ford 8.8" for medium-moderate wheeling... just my 2 cents, but yes, when you do a 8.25 swap, everything bolts on, as long as you are taking it out of a jeep of the same make as yours, otherwise the spring perches may need to be relocated
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I'd go for the 8.8 a lot more than the 8.25" myself!

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If I could find an 8.8 that was ready to bolt in I'd do it but those at a decent price don't come around often. I've found a newer('97+) 8.25 that's locked and regeared for $325....
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If I could find an 8.8 that was ready to bolt in I'd do it but those at a decent price don't come around often. I've found a newer('97+) 8.25 that's locked and regeared for $325....
Whatta ya mean by 'bolt-in'?? More often than not - most leaf spring axle swaps are gonna require spring perch removal and/or perch placement for pinion angle adjustment depending on your current setup.

What are you putting it under and what is your current suspension setup??

Is the 8.25" from a Cherokee?? If YES - It's gonna be SOA.

Soooooooo.......
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Old 03-05-2006, 08:39 AM   #6 (permalink)
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You can get complete 8.8s for $150 from the cmc junk yard in Gaston, all you would need is spring perches and shock mounts.
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You can get complete 8.8s for $150 from the cmc junk yard in Gaston, all you would need is spring perches and shock mounts.
Well I sold my Land Rover and down to one vehicle so I can't have the down time. I could prep it beforehand and do everything where it should be a same day bolt in deal but ya never know what problems will arise.
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That's when you ask your buddies for a backup vehicle

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Btw, I've found a locked and regeared 8.25 for $325 that I intend to put in.
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That's when you ask your buddies for a backup vehicle

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I hope you aren't referring to the Jetta
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Can you drive a diesel?

(and I do mean the truck)

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Old 03-06-2006, 02:21 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Ummmm...yeah.... the Rover was slow and heavy like a diesel and my old YJ steered and stopped like ass. A combination of the 2 would be my expectations.
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Driveshaft length may be an issue, D35's had longer shafts than the chrysler 8.25's, but depending on your setup and amount of lift, it may still work out.


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Old 03-07-2006, 04:47 AM   #14 (permalink)
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In that case I can go ahead and order a SYE and may be able to save on the buying a ds
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Well just let me know if you need the truck.

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Well I appreciate it. I'm hoping to have it all planned out and everything ready for an afternoon of a direct swap. We'll see
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I think hes alright going with an 8.25. YES it is a direct bolt in application if your putting it under a 'rookie and it came from a 'rookie.

Anything is an upgrade from a D35, even a toyota part.... yes your moving to 29 splines, aren't D44's 30 Splined?(Whats 1 spline? and try finding a 'rookie D44) 8.8's are even upgrades to D44's, but A LOT more fab work.

An 8.25 is a good beginer swap for anyone just getting into the sport. Its an added bonus that its locked and re-geared. I say go with it and upgrade bigger when the time comes, $325 for it is a good deal.
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IIRC in 97 they went to 29 spline, before 97 they had 27 splines, like my 96
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I was aware of the spline change and mine's coming out of a '99. I ended up going with another unlocked 8.25 I found. It had under 66k miles, was fairly local, cheaper, and as complete as you can get. It should be delivered today as a matter of fact
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