I am trying to ID which front axle assembly I have in my 97 Dodge Dakota
It is a 10-bolt cover and looks octagon in shape. I know it is a 3.55 ratio
Tag on it has the following:
On the right axle tube is the following:
That is the only ID info I could find on it. Looking around the net I have
that could be the unit.
One is a Dana 35 IFS w/cv axle shafts RG Dia 7.56"
And the other is 8 1/4" Chrysler w/cv axle shafts
Maybe the 2 are interchangeable in the Dakota, I would think the Dana would
be a better replacemment, but I noticed the smaller ring gear which may be a
weaker unit. The one in the truck that I pulled out is broken in 3 places
previous owner. I pulled the engine to rebuild it and that is when I noticed
axle was shot. I am going to rebuild the motor with stock components, but
oil pressure problems with the pressure I was going to replace the pump with
high volume version. The specs say it delivers 20 -- 25% more volume than
stock pump which I think would be better to have in the long run. While I
at pumps, there was a high volume, high pressure pump listed as well. What
you guys think about the high volume/high pressure pump as a replacement? I
thinking it might be a problem with developing leaks down the road due to
pressure. I just want to keep the pressure up as the engine gets up in
Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.
I would pick the 8.25 over the D35. Neither one is real strong but I
would place the 8.25 above it and a D44 above the 8.25. Though not a
real strong axle, I would not classify a 8.25 as a weak design.
Yeah, we've all seen his type of "help" before. I wouldn't wish that on...
well, maybe one or two people - but not very many. Did you notice how he
didn't even bother to answer the question, rather just spout off more of his
Which defense do you think he'll choose? Troll? Inmature? I can hardly
wait to find out...
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