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The YJ stock rear axle is a C-clip-style Dana 35. Dana 44s weren't options for Wranglers until '97 TJs. Many YJ builders want to scrap the 35, but Stage West's Joe Shaff points out that the 35 is lighter than the 44 and offers an inch more ground clearance. He eliminates what he considers the 35's two weak points by swapping in Summers Brothers alloy axleshafts and C-clip eliminators. Warn offers a full-floater conversion that not only adds an extra wheel bearing per side, but alloy axleshafts too.

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