Ql have been working on my Jeep XJ for while now. I'm 14 years old. Some of the things I have done to the rig are a 4Vj-inch lift, 33-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claws, and cutout fender flares for some flexing room. I have a guestion about the stock axles, a Dana 35 rear and 30 front. I know these aren't the best for wheeling, but are they good enough to hold up as trail-worthy daily driver when I'm 16? If not, Is there anyway to beef them up, or should I look for a 44? And where could I get one for cheap since my budget is almost nonexistent? The rig is going to be used for mostly mud with a little rockcrawling.
Your axles will be fine for daily driv-rH ing and four-wheeling. These axles are not the strongest, but they don't just explode at the first sign of dirt either. There are chromoly upgrade axle kits available along with locking differentials, but I would leave them alone for now. Save your money and just go have fun. I'd invest in a winch before I would spend money on a Dana 35 or 30. Realize that Trent Mcgee, who goes on our Ultimate Adventure each year in a Jeep-based buggy, is still running a Dana 30 front axle, but his ride is lightweight and he doesn't abuse the axles. O
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