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Old 05-19-2008, 12:46 AM   #1
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question about ford 8.8

ok so I've been doing some thinking about my rear D35 and where I want to go with my jeep as far as upgrades. I don't think I will go over a 35" tire ever should I do a ford 8.8 upgrade or just look for a D44 or keep my D35?

how much work goes into the 8.8 upgrade? do I have to shave it for length, what type of welding do I have to do for it stuff like that... thanks for you help in advance.
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Old 05-19-2008, 12:59 AM   #2
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you will need to weld up tj axle brakets
but you might have to weld on some axle brackets on a D44 unless it came out of another tj

look for the 8.8 out of an explorer with disk brakes
the 8.8 is a little stronger then a D44
(bigger ring gear and 31 spline axles versus the 30 spline thats in the D44)

you will need to get the ebrake cable from a 03 or newer rubicon
then its just regear it to match the front OR rear gear the front and rear

the 8.8 and the D44 is a good swap

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Old 05-19-2008, 01:49 AM   #3
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i started swapping a d44 in my jeep tonite.. i repainted the d44.. and unbolted most of the dana 35.. got the driveshaft, lower control arms, shocks, and sway bars unbolted.. took a break and started drinkin =D

i decided to wait until tomorrow to go get my gfs dad's jack.. 2 jacks are better than 1... especially since i started the swap by myself.. since my friend who had me swap his blown d35 out for a new one, and also swapped his tc for him.. now when its time to work on mine he wont come around..
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Old 05-19-2008, 08:12 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by mr4x4 View Post

you will need to get the ebrake cable from a 03 or newer rubicon
then its just regear it to match the front OR rear gear the front and rear
fwiw on my yj i was able to use my stock ebrake cable. i cut the spring about half off, looped it on the ebrake cam thing on the axle and ubolt clamped it.
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