explorer rear axle ? - Page 2 - Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest

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

greatlakes4x4.com is the premier Great Lakes 4x4 Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Search
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old May 10th, 2007, 11:06 PM   #21
General
Senior Member
 
General's Avatar
 
Join Date: 10-12-06
Location: Wyoming, MI
Posts: 3,266
iTrader: (16)
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Default

I run 33" boggers on my 8.8 and I got a heavy right foot, but I snap D30 axles like crazy:tonka:
General is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old May 11th, 2007, 12:05 PM   #22
The PIG Smith
Senior Member
 
The PIG Smith's Avatar
 
Join Date: 04-19-07
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Posts: 127
iTrader: (1)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

How is the Ford 8.8" different/better/worse than the Ford 9" of Hot Rod fame?
The PIG Smith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 11th, 2007, 12:30 PM   #23
sodapop
Support the Sport!
 
sodapop's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-11-05
Location: Harrison Twp, MI
Posts: 2,015
iTrader: (18)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

For bolt-in ability, it's a tiny bit narrower than the D35 but it's not much, less than an inch on each side. You won't even notice the width difference (I don't on mine).

You'll need some sort of spring perches for it, you can reuse the ones you cut off, but it's less work to get new ones. Ruff stuff specialties (ruffstuffspecialties.com) has an 8.8 swap kit that comes with them and shock mounts, u-bolts, u-bolt plates etc. It's $110 plus shipping but the pieces individually add up. You could piece it together but U-bolts alone will cost around $40. YOu also have to have the flange adapter.

FOr mine, disk brake version, I also needed some pieces of hard break line, I think I used an 8" piece and a 2-3ft piece. and then a second explorer passenger side rubber brake hose. I reused my Dana 35 axle vent tube/brake line block assembly.
sodapop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 11th, 2007, 12:34 PM   #24
sodapop
Support the Sport!
 
sodapop's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-11-05
Location: Harrison Twp, MI
Posts: 2,015
iTrader: (18)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by The PIG Smith View Post
How is the Ford 8.8" different/better/worse than the Ford 9" of Hot Rod fame?
slightly smaller ring gear, c-clip axles, axle housing has press in tubes that have a tendency to break the plug welds and spin, the 9" is a third member design , versus the carrier design of the 8.8. The 9" has more parts availability and can be super built up while the 8.8 has limited upgrade options (good amount of gears and lockers though). Superior now offers a super 8.8 kit that gives you stronger shafts (still 31 spline) and gets rid of the c-clips. Overall, the 8.8 is a very strong axle, one that should be able to handle 36-37" tires on a light rig.
sodapop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 28th, 2007, 01:18 AM   #25
Bronco Sally
Lets go wheelin
 
Join Date: 10-31-06
Location: windsor ontario
Posts: 784
iTrader: (3)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Send a message via MSN to Bronco Sally
Default

yeah as stated for sure a 31 spline 8.8, plenty strong, i run a 28 spline 8.8 trac-loc, 35" tsl's and a 302, heavy foot aswell, and ive got no problems. cheers mike
Bronco Sally is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest > 4x4 Talk > Ford Tech

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

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 07:01 AM.


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.
Page generated in 0.09758 seconds with 35 queries