Go Back   Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest > 4x4 Talk > Ford Tech
GL4x4 Live! GL4x4 Casino







Search
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old September 7th, 2006, 06:58 PM   #1
94rangeron35s
bought a Jeep
 
94rangeron35s's Avatar
 
Join Date: 09-06-06
Location: North Muskegon, Michigan..
Posts: 4,417
iTrader: (17)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Send a message via AIM to 94rangeron35s
Default welded diff on Ford 8.8

what does everyone think about welding the diff on a ford 8.8 it will see the pavement quite a bit as it is still a street driver i drive it to silver lake and a few other places localy i am just curious how it will hold up as long as its welded good and everything is done right.
thanks
david
94rangeron35s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 7th, 2006, 07:01 PM   #2
chris1044
Senior Member
 
chris1044's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-05-05
Location: Lost in the mitten!
Posts: 2,012
iTrader: (4)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

for a DD - nope, I wouldn't do it. You're much better off spending the 3 bills on an aussie locker
chris1044 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 7th, 2006, 07:29 PM   #3
94rangeron35s
bought a Jeep
 
94rangeron35s's Avatar
 
Join Date: 09-06-06
Location: North Muskegon, Michigan..
Posts: 4,417
iTrader: (17)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Send a message via AIM to 94rangeron35s
Default

its not a full on dd i only drive it basicly to the trails and maybe occasionaly to a trail run some place but i got a car i drive every day . so its not like i drive it every day of the week.
94rangeron35s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 7th, 2006, 07:59 PM   #4
Cooter
Dad Kickin' It OldSkool
 
Cooter's Avatar
 
Join Date: 12-04-05
Location: Chi-caw-go
Posts: 4,504
iTrader: (16)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

I don't like spools, and like Lincoln Lockers even less.

That said, I had to get the TJ ready to lead for an event and set up a new carrier for the 8 3/4 by welding the diff- that was over 2 years ago, and I have put better than 20K mi on it, as a DD. I hate the way it turns, both on the street and on the trail, but it has held up. (I have been too lazy to pull the third and install a locker)

Make sure you weld it well- I welded the spiders together, and then to the carrier, which was much easier to do with the drop out third member that the 8 3/4 has. Put some serious heat into it and build some good welds where the spiders mesh, but make sure you will still be able to pull the axleshafts.
__________________
Michigan- The Only Great Lakes State South of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Cooter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 7th, 2006, 08:01 PM   #5
Cooter
Dad Kickin' It OldSkool
 
Cooter's Avatar
 
Join Date: 12-04-05
Location: Chi-caw-go
Posts: 4,504
iTrader: (16)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

Just looked at your username- if it is a Ranger on 35s, you will have some problems if you are running 28 spline axles.
__________________
Michigan- The Only Great Lakes State South of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Cooter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 7th, 2006, 09:21 PM   #6
Haggar
Covered in mud...
 
Haggar's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-06-05
Location: Oxford, MI
Posts: 17,557
iTrader: (54)
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Default

I like spools offroad, but I don't like it that much on the pavement.

Nothing better than being next to a cop, and my truck sounds like a seal getting clubbed around a turn... eeert--eeert-eeert--eerrt-errrtt.. as if it wasn't cop bait already...
Haggar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 7th, 2006, 09:27 PM   #7
sodapop
Support the Sport!
 
sodapop's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-11-05
Location: Harrison Twp, MI
Posts: 2,016
iTrader: (18)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

I use an aussie in my 8.8 and it's very nice (and cheap). Occasionally it will lock hard in a turn but for the most part it's relatively unnoticeable. I personally wouldn't lincoln lock and axle unless it was 1 ton and then I still don't think I would do it unless it was a temp solution like cooter was saying.
sodapop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 7th, 2006, 09:52 PM   #8
94rangeron35s
bought a Jeep
 
94rangeron35s's Avatar
 
Join Date: 09-06-06
Location: North Muskegon, Michigan..
Posts: 4,417
iTrader: (17)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Send a message via AIM to 94rangeron35s
Default

basicly it is going to be a temporary thing till i can save the money to buy a 31 spline explorer rear end with a locker or L/S. oh and how does the aussie actually work i mean what makes it lock up? ne pics or anything ?
thanks David
94rangeron35s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 7th, 2006, 09:55 PM   #9
Cooter
Dad Kickin' It OldSkool
 
Cooter's Avatar
 
Join Date: 12-04-05
Location: Chi-caw-go
Posts: 4,504
iTrader: (16)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

With 28 splines and 35s, I would beware. All it takes is one break on the highway to ruin someone's life- prety sure that the '94 Ranger has drum brakes in the rear, so you won't have anything retaining the axle shaft if it breaks.
__________________
Michigan- The Only Great Lakes State South of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Cooter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 8th, 2006, 12:47 PM   #10
chris1044
Senior Member
 
chris1044's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-05-05
Location: Lost in the mitten!
Posts: 2,012
iTrader: (4)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cooter
With 28 splines and 35s, I would beware. All it takes is one break on the highway to ruin someone's life- prety sure that the '94 Ranger has drum brakes in the rear, so you won't have anything retaining the axle shaft if it breaks.

You would be correct.....
chris1044 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 8th, 2006, 08:55 PM   #11
Arnie897
y=mx+b
 
Arnie897's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-06-05
Location: Battle Creek, MI
Posts: 465
iTrader: (2)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Send a message via AIM to Arnie897
Default

JCR welded up my Explorer's 8.8 a few years ago. It's still holding and it was a DD for probably 25k. You will go through tires FAST. I mean really fast...it's crazy. It's also slightly embarassing in the gas station and supermarket parking lots. Oh well.

I had ruined the Detroit Lunchbox EZ Locker that was in there before somehow. I have heard good things about the Aussie Lockers from the Explorer guys though.
Arnie897 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 8th, 2006, 09:00 PM   #12
Arnie897
y=mx+b
 
Arnie897's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-06-05
Location: Battle Creek, MI
Posts: 465
iTrader: (2)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Send a message via AIM to Arnie897
Default

Arnie897 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 12th, 2006, 05:18 PM   #13
alboy79
Wheres your loyaltys lie?
 
alboy79's Avatar
 
Join Date: 02-09-06
Location: Conklin, Michigan or 49403 for shipping
Posts: 11,433
iTrader: (33)
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Default

ive got a real good friend with a 94 F150 with 35in boggers on it... we welded up his 8.8 and his ttb and he drives it almost everyday... no poblems... he loves it off road. says it cant be beat for the price. hes a throttle jockey too so everything is hard and fast... held up just fine for him so far.
__________________
CheapThrills Off-Road
Ill see you when I see you, Fullsize4life
It might be lonely at the top, but its a bitch at the bottom.
alboy79 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 12th, 2006, 06:18 PM   #14
Cooter
Dad Kickin' It OldSkool
 
Cooter's Avatar
 
Join Date: 12-04-05
Location: Chi-caw-go
Posts: 4,504
iTrader: (16)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

except his 8.8 is is 31 spline- the rig in question has a 28 spline axle.
__________________
Michigan- The Only Great Lakes State South of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Cooter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 14th, 2006, 06:53 PM   #15
94rangeron35s
bought a Jeep
 
94rangeron35s's Avatar
 
Join Date: 09-06-06
Location: North Muskegon, Michigan..
Posts: 4,417
iTrader: (17)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Send a message via AIM to 94rangeron35s
Default

so your sayin it is safe and affective in a 31 spline axle such as an explorer axle? but it doesnt matter ne way i have found a posi for it i just have to go pick it up when i have time and the guy is home.
94rangeron35s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 14th, 2006, 08:06 PM   #16
Cooter
Dad Kickin' It OldSkool
 
Cooter's Avatar
 
Join Date: 12-04-05
Location: Chi-caw-go
Posts: 4,504
iTrader: (16)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

I'm saying it is even less safe and effective with 28 spline axles, drum brakes, and 35s
__________________
Michigan- The Only Great Lakes State South of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Cooter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 3rd, 2006, 10:11 PM   #17
Level II Joey
Newbie
 
Level II Joey's Avatar
 
Join Date: 09-30-06
Location: Canton, MI
Posts: 14
iTrader: (0)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default FX4 Level II

You could trying to find a FX4 Level II rear axle. It has drum brakes but it's 31 spline and comes stock with a Torsen LSD and 4.10 gears.
Level II Joey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 5th, 2006, 06:02 PM   #18
chris1044
Senior Member
 
chris1044's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-05-05
Location: Lost in the mitten!
Posts: 2,012
iTrader: (4)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Level II Joey
You could trying to find a FX4 Level II rear axle. It has drum brakes but it's 31 spline and comes stock with a Torsen LSD and 4.10 gears.

big $$$$ & real rare - most the ppl know that the tosen units are big money
chris1044 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 19th, 2006, 08:50 PM   #19
B2BOMBER
CheapThrillsOffroad
 
B2BOMBER's Avatar
 
Join Date: 09-30-06
Location: Kalamazoo
Posts: 228
iTrader: (0)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

My 7.5 now has a welded "cheapthrill" spool. All though I did to speed up the breaking process...i cant fix it if it's not broke (7.5 8.8 swap after it breaks).
B2BOMBER is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 22nd, 2006, 09:54 PM   #20
busyfixin
Balls Deep
 
busyfixin's Avatar
 
Join Date: 03-24-06
Location: williamsburg, MI
Posts: 3,179
iTrader: (11)
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Default

i would have welded it in a heartbeat. admittedly the 28 spline is kinda scary. i drove my commanche welded for about a year with ZERO complaints. i never had a problem turning of any sort. i welded the 8.8 in two of my buddys half tons and he daily drove both of them for about 2 yrs. also welded the 8.8 in my buddys bronco and he absolutly loves it. he beats it extremely hard and has never broken anything in the last 3 yrs.
busyfixin is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest > 4x4 Talk > Ford Tech
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:35 PM.


Powered by: vBulletin, Copyright 2000 - 2012, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Copyright 2005 - 2012 Cracker Enterprises - Powered by Linux
vB Ad Management by =RedTyger=
Page generated in 0.20426 seconds with 52 queries