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Old May 10th, 2007, 10:06 PM   #21
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I run 33" boggers on my 8.8 and I got a heavy right foot, but I snap D30 axles like crazy:tonka:
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Old May 11th, 2007, 11:05 AM   #22
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How is the Ford 8.8" different/better/worse than the Ford 9" of Hot Rod fame?
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Old May 11th, 2007, 11:30 AM   #23
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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.
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Old May 11th, 2007, 11:34 AM   #24
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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.
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Old June 28th, 2007, 12:18 AM   #25
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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
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