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Old 01-10-2017, 07:19 PM   #1
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I have a 99 xj with a chrysler 8.25 rear and d30 front. The rear has a detroit locker and the front will soon have an arb air locker. If you were going to put axles in it what would you purchase?
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What do you plan on doing with your jeep and what are the biggest size tires you plan getting?
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I dont really wanna rock crawl, I just enjoy riding around the mountains here in Alabama. I am running 33x12.50x15's and dont plan on going any larger.
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Your current axle will be fine
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Old 01-10-2017, 07:29 PM   #5
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I was thinking that too, should I look at aftermarket axle shafts for the d30 ?
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No. You'll be fine.
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consider a e-locker in the front , less cost than arb. no compressor or air lines to go bad.alloy shafts in front w/ high quality u joints will hold up longer w/ a locker in the front, but you will find that it doesnt get much use.
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I was thinking that too, should I look at aftermarket axle shafts for the d30 ?
You could check out the "almost alloy" kit from iron rock offroad. It is little steel caps you weld on over the U joint ears of the shaft to reinforce them and stop them from spreading. Also if you do this use shafts from a 95+(? Might be wrong on the year) cherokee with ABS. They use bigger u joints and install new ones while you are at it. A lot cheaper than chromos
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I already have the air locker, I went ahead and installed an arb compressor too never know when you may need some air
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For 33's you should be fine with your current setup. Plenty of people run 35's on the dana 30 without issue.

You could always throw in chromoly shafts for good measure and keep your stock axles as spares.

If you get bound up, let off the gas. Tire spin and sudden traction especially while turning is what will kill your shafts.
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95 and up all use the larger u-joint shafts whether you have abs or not.
it's 95 and down that doesn't, only with abs does.
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95 and up all use the larger u-joint shafts whether you have abs or not.
it's 95 and down that doesn't, only with abs does.
Well I was partially right
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Unless you think if your stuck lets floor it and hold it there tell im free,Then your good on axle shafts.You could carry used spares wheeling just in case you break one.But for you that might be a little overkill.
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I run stock shafts in my 99 with the 29 spline 8.25/D30. I consider both to be a shear pin as such if something happens instead of breaking the gears/locker.


I do run 33x12:50's and 35x12:50's both the 35's are for off road only and on bead locks. I also carry stock spare axles but so far have never needed one.
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