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    New to me XJ - rear axle help please

    Hey everyone, hope everyone had a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

    Well anyways, picked up a 1998 Cherokee a few days back and everything is just fine but either this is just me being paranoid or something actually is a little wrong with my rear axle. When its in 2wd my passenger rear tire just spins if it hits a slippery surface and the other tire doesn't kick in like it should, well at all from what I can tell. therefor I have had it in 4wd since. What could be the cause of this?

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    Congrats on the new xj. Let's see some pics. I love my xj.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pippilongstocking View Post
    What could be the cause of this?
    An open dif...

    Nice purchase! does it have a 231 or a 242?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sk8snwmx View Post
    An open dif...

    Nice purchase! does it have a 231 or a 242?
    yeah I know stupid question but wasn't sure because the yj never did that... what would be a good upgrade then from an open diff? ( never done anything before on gearing)
    has the 242 I believe but I will double check

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    Quote Originally Posted by pippilongstocking View Post
    When its in 2wd my passenger rear tire just spins if it hits a slippery surface and the other tire doesn't kick in like it should, well at all from what I can tell. therefor I have had it in 4wd since. What could be the cause of this?
    Ahh grasshopper, welcome to the shitty world of the open differential. They only work well on drive pavement. On slippery surfaces, the open diff only spins the wheel with the least traction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CTD NUT View Post
    Ahh grasshopper, welcome to the shitty world of the open differential. They only work well on drive pavement. On slippery surfaces, the open diff only spins the wheel with the least traction.
    ahaha yes as I have found out!! well, that's the first mod in the spring!!

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    What are you thinking pippi ? I have and open rear and a locker in the front, I like it

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    was just thinking of practicality... Bwahahahaha what am I saying I bought a jeep. Anyways was just thinking maybe getting a limited slip from a Cherokee that has the towing package

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    Quote Originally Posted by pippilongstocking View Post
    was just thinking of practicality... Bwahahahaha what am I saying I bought a jeep. Anyways was just thinking maybe getting a limited slip from a Cherokee that has the towing package
    it'll be toast already for sure... get an aussie locker, they are like $300 and take an hour to put in. on the 8.25 just remove the spider gears and replace with locker.

    if its a 242 tcase it will have 2x 4wd hi settings on the shifter 'part-time' and 'full-time'...

    if it is a 242 and its an AW4 auto tranny you can hack-n-tap the rear output and use a front drive shaft in the back and only carry 1 trail spare that will work for either end. CHEAP and EASY!
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    now for on road practicality how would an aussie locker be? it'll be a dd and a moderate trail rig.
    okay yeah its a 231 then because I have 2wd-4HI-N-4L

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    I guess it depends on what you wanna do with the front axle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black_Sheep View Post
    I guess it depends on what you wanna do with the front axle

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    well as you said too though just keep the back open and do a front locker, well i'm going to drive it a bit then decide what I really want to do, only had it for 3 days so we will see what the end verdict is

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    I know that overkill has a locker in the front and a limited slip in the rear of his YJ and he loves it. I'm kinda thinking about that too. Just to through out another option for you to consider

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black_Sheep View Post
    I know that overkill has a locker in the front and a limited slip in the rear of his YJ and he loves it. I'm kinda thinking about that too. Just to through out another option for you to consider

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    That's more what I was looking towards. I like the limited slip for the fact that even in slippery roads you don't need to use 4wd all the time, atleast that's what it's like in the family friends XJ and I love it.

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    Pick up a 8.8 with LSD there was a few at kennys and you'll get disk brakes as well
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    If I'm not mistaken I didn't think swaping to the 8.8 didn't have much of an advantage if it has the 8.25 in the rear end. Please correct me if I am wrong

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    The only advantage I can see are the rear discs of the 8.8. It would be easier to just get a LImited slip gear and throw it in at the moment then doing a full axle swap. Also the fact tht I can't have it down or appart for very long.

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    don't want to through this side ways but are you not working on a YJ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cheezballz View Post
    don't want to through this side ways but are you not working on a YJ?
    Well... Was. Sold it like usual and decided to get the Cherokee because it had a mild lift and need the space to put stuff in it for the cottage, getting the nephew etc. dad is going to be using it as well time to time... Btw cheeze I'll be dropping your gas cylinder off at the shop next week when the Cherokee is back from the shop.

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