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97 TJ tires 33"12.5. The suspension lift I am going to purchase comes complete. eg. tailshaft conversion kit and stuff like that. Now that I'm on a limited cash flow is there anything I should upgrade so my jeep won't break down on the trails.
Drive line stuff like that????
 

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I would like to say that you need to just be easy with it. Use the gas pedal sparingly! Use your low gears, not speed, to get through obstacles. Do you know what type of rear axel you have? Is it a D35 or D44?

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I think it's the dana 35, I think the dana 44
only comes standard with the big tire package
but I could be wrong. Anyways how can I find out. Would it be stamped on the rearend somewhere???
 

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If it's a 97 TJ wouldn't it be a ChryCo 8.25"???

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Originally posted by nikon_jeeper:
If it's a 97 TJ wouldn't it be a ChryCo 8.25"???

NO.....dana35c or 44 if you got lucky but from what i've heard the tj d44 housings aren't the stongest of the d44s. thin walls.

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Not sure, but i don't think the D44 was an option in 97.

You may find that the big tires suck a lot of your power. You can compensate with power mods, but most people do a gear change.

One big thing with 33s is do NOT spin a tire in the air and then let it hit the ground spinning fast. That's a lot of momentum that is suddenly transfered to the axle.

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My TJ's has a Dan M35,now can anyone tell me if that would posy or not?
All i've been told is that both tires spin in the gravel.

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Originally posted by cornjeeper:
NO.....dana35c or 44 if you got lucky but from what i've heard the tj d44 housings aren't the stongest of the d44s. thin walls.
I've heard that, too. However, I haven't heard of them breaking. I'm sure some must have but it doesn't appear to be a problem like it is with the Dana 35's.

I'd still get the D44 if I were buying a new TJ. For the cost of that option, you could easily re-sell it for more if you were going to upgrade to different axles, anyway.


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i might be totally wrong with saying this but i remember something about the inner part of the tubes on the d44 having aluminum or something. not too sure though but it is definitely better than the d35.

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Originally posted by cornjeeper:
i might be totally wrong with saying this but i remember something about the inner part of the tubes on the d44 having aluminum or something. not too sure though but it is definitely better than the d35.
You are partly totally wrong. ;-)

ZJ's (aka Grand Cherokees) had aluminum pumpkins in the later D44s. The '93's and I think '94's did not. I'm actually not positive when the breakover year was. I do know the early ones that had the D44 (which was an option at the time) has the cast iron pumpkins but not the later ones.

Someone told me there was a shop bulletin sent to dealers telling them not to jack up the vehicle by placing a floor jack under the pumpkin. Urban legend or truth...I don't know.

The bone of contention on the Jeeps Unlimited board is that the TJ D44 has the same axle tube dia and wall thickness as the D35 and should therefore be susceptible to the same axle bending problems. It _appears_ that the point about the tube's dimensions is correct although I haven't verified these claims myself. However, there isn't any empirical evidence showing that TJ D44s are suffering above-average (compared to other D44's) breakage. At least I'm not aware of any. D35's, however, continue to break at their traditional above-average rate.



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Geez Muddy! Just leave the axle's alone untill you break one of them. You may find that because the Jeep you're driving is fairly new the axles will be fine with a little tender driving.


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Originally posted by ichris4x4:
Geez Muddy! Just leave the axle's alone untill you break one of them. You may find that because the Jeep you're driving is fairly new the axles will be fine with a little tender driving.
A '97 TJ isn't fairly new. At least not new enough to expect the axles to withstand any more abuse than older axles. "Tender driving" is a good idea, though.

Carrying spare axles, and c-clips and the tools required to re/re the axles and diff would be an excellent idea. It makes the difference between a few hours extra and an overnight repair. Also bring a bucket that you can use to catch the diff fluid.

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