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Welded D30/35 Jeep axles?

I may buy a jeep that the D30/35 has been welded for wheeling. what is my best option for swapping back? Whats the cheapest option and whats the best VALUE of an upgrade can I just swap out for lockers? Im not sure what all is welded.

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It means that the spider gears in the differentials have been welded together, so that both wheels are locked together. It's a way to get your axles locked without spending too much money, but I wouldn't do it. Which Jeep vehicle are these in? YJ? TJ? XJ cherokee? My answer for upgrades will depend on which it is. If it's a YJ, I think I'd just replace everything except the case on the D30 up front and get a Ford 8.8 out of a 95 or 96 Explorer, it's almost a bolt-in and usually they had limited slip. If it's a TJ, I'd look for a high-pinion D30 out of an XJ, and find a D44 out of another TJ XJ Cherokee, if it's a high-pinion D30 I'd replace everything except the case or maybe get a selectable locker like an Arb or Ox, and find a D44 for the rear. In my experience, D35s are pretty much useless anywhere except on pavement
May 28, 2018

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