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Old 03-07-2007, 02:04 PM   #1
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I HAVE THE 8.8, What now?

I have the a ford 8.8 from a 2000 explorer, Im not sure what to do with it...What is the first step?


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Old 03-07-2007, 02:27 PM   #2
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Old 03-07-2007, 02:40 PM   #3
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Do i need the brake lines that came with the axle? or should i remove them?
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Check for the proper location of spring perches and control arm mounts.

Make sure the gearing matches your front axle.

Wire brush off the rust and clean it up. Some axles would benefit from new primer and paint.

Keep the brake lines for now, I think you can reuse part of them.
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Old 03-07-2007, 04:02 PM   #5
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Well you aren't going to need the sway bar anymore so you can remove that.

If I remember rightly the spring perches don't match up where they are right now for the yj so you need to remove those. Then you can start measuring up for the new spring perches. IMO it's easiest to just remove your rear axle and leave the springs hanging. Then use some jacks to raise up the 8.8 and put your tires on it so that you can center the axle under the jeep, set your pinion angle and set the position of your spring perches. Then tack weld them on. Remove it and burn everything in there all nice like. Make sure that your shock mounts are good and you are ready to put it back in.

As far as the brake lines I'm having a hard time remembering exactly what you are going to need. I know that last time we did one we just bought some hard line and bent and flared as we needed to. Then I think we had two passenger side explorer soft lines to connect it to the calipers. Andy do you remember exactly how that goes?

Then you just need to clean it up as needed. Looks like the dust shields are kind of bent to hell a little bit also. You are going to need to get a flange adapter for your rear d-shaft though. I think they are like 45 bucks with the bolts from any ford dealer. If you notice the yoke on the 8.8 is a flange and not a ujoint style. IMO this is stronger than just a ujoint.
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Old 03-07-2007, 04:14 PM   #6
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Does this mean LSD or open im not sure... also how do i count the gear ratio?

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Old 03-07-2007, 04:20 PM   #7
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Nope, that is an open carrier. The bar in the middle is called the cross shaft. The little gears on all four sides are called spider gears. The whole case around them is the carrier.
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Old 03-07-2007, 04:47 PM   #8
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What about my 94 sahara, does that come with lsd for the 35 or open?
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Old 03-07-2007, 07:14 PM   #9
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An easy way to tell if it's limited slip or open without taking off the cover is to jack up the vehicle, put the trans and transfer in neutral and spin one tire by hand, if opposite tire spins in same direction you have limited slip if it turns opposite you have an open rear. As for the gear ratio on the 8.8 look on the large ring gear, it should be stamped around the edge somewhere.
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Old 03-07-2007, 07:34 PM   #10
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The axle shafts that came with the 8.8 should be strong enough for 37" tires right? Or do i need to upgrade to chrome alloy? (I will be getting lockers eventually.)
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The axle shafts that came with the 8.8 should be strong enough for 37" tires right? Or do i need to upgrade to chrome alloy? (I will be getting lockers eventually.)
whats wrong with the ones you have now?
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Old 03-07-2007, 07:42 PM   #12
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Nothing at all, But i dont want to keep stock axle shafts in, if im going to be upgrading anyway, I'd rather put new shafts while the axle is not installed.
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Nothing at all, But i dont want to keep stock axle shafts in, if im going to be upgrading anyway, I'd rather put new shafts while the axle is not installed.
The stock shafts in the 8.8 are perfectly capable to handle 37's. There's no need to upgrade them at all.

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