Axle Parts for Jeep Wrangler
Whether you are exploring off-road or cruising down a city street, you rely on the axles of your Jeep. If you need to replace worn axle components or upgrade them to better suit your needs, factory and aftermarket parts are can be found. With a wide selection of axle parts for Jeep Wrangler, you can find what you need for your vehicle.What is the function of the Jeep Wrangler axle assembly?
The axles on any vehicle have a couple of jobs. First, they support the weight of the chassis. Second, they make the wheels turn. A very basic explanation of this second function is that the power of the engine is transferred to the differential, which is in the middle of the axle. The gears in the differential transfer the power along the axle shafts to the wheel hubs.
A Jeep Wrangler may be either rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive. The 4-wheel drive model functions as rear-wheel drive until the additional power is needed.What axle assembly options are stock on the Jeep Wrangler?
All Jeep Wranglers come with axles manufactured by Dana. They are designated by number, with the higher numbers indicating bigger, stronger components. Most versions of the Wrangler have options for the axle, so you need to know which size you are working with before you shop for replacement parts.
An easy way to visually tell the difference between the axle sizes is by the shape of the differential cover. The Dana 30 cover is square with rounded corners, the Dana 35 cover is oval, and the Dana 44 cover looks like a lopsided hexagon. The following list will give you an idea of where to start when you are figuring out which size is on your Jeep.
- YJ: This style of Wrangler has a Dana 30 front axle and a Dana 35 rear axle.
- TJ: The TJ type may have either a Dana 30 or Dana 44 front axle and a 35 or 44 rear axle.
- LJ: A Wrangler LJ has a Dana 30 or Dana 44 front axle and a Dana 44 rear axle.
- JK: The JK has a Dana 30 front axle. The 2-door models have a 35 or 44 rear axle, while the 4-door models all have the 44.
You can find the complete axle assembly if you want to replace it as a unit. For example, if you are an off-road enthusiast, you may be looking for an upgrade to make your Wrangler better able to handle rough terrain. If you want to lift your Jeep and run with bigger tires, you may need the Dana 44 axle.
Replacing something less than the entire axle assembly can be done by buying individual parts or overhaul kits. Almost any part, including seals, nuts, and bolts can be bought individually. The kits contain everything you need for that particular job, including hardware. The major components that can be replaced on your Jeep include the following.
- Differential covers.
- Ring gears.
- Axle shafts.
- Axle bearings.
- Hub assemblies.