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Old 03-14-2012, 08:45 PM   #31
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I did it and I love mine...in retrospect I would have gone with 4.27 gears 4.88 is too much rpm on the highway (I have 35's) BUT...if I was a rock crawler I would be perfect.... Instead I am a sunday driver and a beach bum

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Old 03-18-2012, 10:32 AM   #32
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I did it and I love mine...in retrospect I would have gone with 4.27 gears 4.88 is too much rpm on the highway (I have 35's) BUT...if I was a rock crawler I would be perfect.... Instead I am a sunday driver and a beach bum

No mud just sand
I waiting for mine to get done know I went with 4.88's also but I have all rural town driving lol

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Old 03-24-2012, 09:35 AM   #33
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Im in the parts collection stage for my swap and am having a hard time finding a truss that will work for my Rubicon Express Tri Link kit I have looked at Artec,Clayton,Blue Torch and possibly modifying the truss that came with the kit If any one has experience with this please help me out.
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:06 AM   #34
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8.8 I did

I bought a set of dana 44 grand waggy axles with plans of rebuilding them and installing 4.56 gears and setting them up for my TJ. Well after buying them and getting started I found a 8.8 already in a tj for $500. Considering it was gonna run me roughly $1000 to set up my 44 I went that route. As long as the bracketry is done right its really not that bad of a swap. I did it completely by myself so I suggest getting someone to help if you perform this swap. The problem I'm having though is finding the right parking brake cable. The hooks on the disk brake backing plate is different than jeeps. One article said that 95 grand cherokee ZJ cables will work but the ends are different per the picture on Autozones website. If anyone has any information that would be helpful with this please message me or reply on here. Also if anyone is interested in a dana 44 grand waggy rearend I've got one for sale. Its got a centered chunk and already has the old spring perches and shock mounts ground off. The gear ratio is 3.31. Its complete lug to lug for $300.
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:08 AM   #35
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check with ballistic fab, I think they do parts for 8.8 swap
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Old 03-24-2012, 12:59 PM   #36
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My parking brake cable was a direct fit on my YJ. Reading up it seems to be hit and miss for the YJ. I would imagine the TJ would be the same.
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:59 AM   #37
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:34 AM   #38
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Got one from ECGS with ARB locker 4.88. I absolutely love it, and the disk breaks.
One issue is that at full flex, the diff housing pushes against the gas tank, and also the u joint and yoke rotate on the muffler and rear pipe, and make a terrible noise, nothing broken yet though.

I have a question: has anyone been able to find a slider for the rear u joint. I've smashed mine once already. They have them for D44 but not F8.8s...
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Got one from ECGS with ARB locker 4.88. I absolutely love it, and the disk breaks.
One issue is that at full flex, the diff housing pushes against the gas tank, and also the u joint and yoke rotate on the muffler and rear pipe, and make a terrible noise, nothing broken yet though.

I have a question: has anyone been able to find a slider for the rear u joint. I've smashed mine once already. They have them for D44 but not F8.8s...
I have yet to see one for the 8.8 yet
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I have yet to see one for the 8.8 yet
wondering if this can be modified...

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Old 05-09-2012, 04:38 PM   #41
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Has anyone ever heard of putting a axle from a older Toyota Tacoma non Prerunner around 99 under their Jeep I think its a better idea. I have owned that type of Toyota and I have put a locker and gears in it. I got to tell you the shafts Toyota uses in those are huge, easly as big as a full size half ton truck axle actually bigger I bet. I beat the hell out of my truck and never had any issues. And you can find them cheaper because threads like this make everyone think 8.8 is the way to go so junk yards have caught on and raised the prices in most cases. And I dont think there is any way a 8.8 is stronger because it uses c clips. I dont ever want to go out of town on a trail knowing that if I break an axle my wheel WILL fall off. The rear end I'm referring to is just like a ford 9 in the design no c-clips and the pumpkin is right in the middle and no fancy diff cover to buy. And even better Toyota uses 5 on 4 1/2 same as a Jeep I had Rubicon wheels on my old Toy. Well just thought I'd throw that out there you know got to stir the pot a little oh and I'm pretty sure my Toy came with 411 gears from the factory. I bought a custom G2 44 for my Jeep with ARB air locker and 35 spline chromoly shafts because I kinda had to because of the 3 link lift I have but if I didnt that would be the way I'd go.
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:08 PM   #42
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I bought one from East Coast Gear Supply and couldnt be happier!
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Old 05-14-2012, 01:11 AM   #43
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I thought about the Toyota axle. But I went with an 8.8 I found a good deal on one that was locked and with 4.88's. I am quite happy with it.
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:37 AM   #44
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Where can I get detailed information to rebuild a 8.8 rear end 31 spline factory LSD? I have a 96 Explorer RE in my 03 Wrangler TJ and its now not working.
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:03 PM   #45
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i have a 4.5 rubicon express lift with sye and tom woods drive line. i just installed my 8.8 a few days ago put it on a lift and at full droop my double u joint(cardigan) binds up slightly while rotating the tires. it don't lock but it spins stops and you have to use some effort to spin it past that spot


anyone have this issue, is my drive line too long beings the dana 35 was a shorter pinion
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i have a 4.5 rubicon express lift with sye and tom woods drive line. i just installed my 8.8 a few days ago put it on a lift and at full droop my double u joint(cardigan) binds up slightly while rotating the tires. it don't lock but it spins stops and you have to use some effort to spin it past that spot

anyone have this issue, is my drive line too long beings the dana 35 was a shorter pinion
unless you're jumping the Jeep, full droop will likely never happen, and if it did you wouldn't have traction to your rear wheels anyway. Think of when your suspension cycles, one side compresses and one side droops, its like a teeter tooter, the diff is close to the fulcrum point so it stays mostly in the same location, although the 8.8 has a pinion offset, it wouldn't ever go to full droop like jacking up the rear and supporting the frame would.. In other words its nothing to worry about
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:15 AM   #47
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unless you're jumping the Jeep, full droop will likely never happen, and if it did you wouldn't have traction to your rear wheels anyway. Think of when your suspension cycles, one side compresses and one side droops, its like a teeter tooter, the diff is close to the fulcrum point so it stays mostly in the same location, although the 8.8 has a pinion offset, it wouldn't ever go to full droop like jacking up the rear and supporting the frame would.. In other words its nothing to worry about
thank you, i kinda thought that was the answer but i wanted to make sure before i broke any thing or had to change drive line

and so far i love the axle, haven't been off road yet but will be this weekend to test it out and the locker
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:37 AM   #48
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I had Jeeps Unlimited in Haslet, Tx. install a 8.8 in my TJ this past week. Couldn't be happier with the set up.
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:15 PM   #50
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I had Jeeps Unlimited in Haslet, Tx. install a 8.8 in my TJ this past week. Couldn't be happier with the set up.
Where and for how much? im looking to get it done... i live in Argyle so Haslet aint far from me... if you don't mind sharing.

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Old 06-21-2012, 07:39 PM   #51
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i have access to an 8.8 out of a 94 explorer, will it work ? i think it has drum brakes but its free. are ranger pick ups the same axle?
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Yes it will work, no the spline counts are different in rangers
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thanks for the reply dark
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i am running the artec axle truss and bracket kit on my 8.8, is anyone using this, or have any ideas and turning it into a 3 link (4 link minus track bar) set up
Artec Industries TJ 8.8 Swap Kit with Truss

i was thinking i could just weld the upper pivot mount on top of the truss. any thoughts
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I hounded those guys for a long time and he kept telling me a tri link kit is on the table we'll get to it.I see their always coming out with new products and like the guy says its all about demand.I think im gonna get the Artec truss kit and modify it my self doesnt look too hard the guy at the company said they were gonna engineer one he didnt know if the truss the way it is would work with the stress but I dont see why not done well enough.I have looked at a lot of trusses and theirs looks like the best one to do it too.My 8.8 new 35s and rims are sitting waiting for this issue to be solved.
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I hounded those guys for a long time and he kept telling me a tri link kit is on the table we'll get to it.I see their always coming out with new products and like the guy says its all about demand.I think im gonna get the Artec truss kit and modify it my self doesnt look too hard the guy at the company said they were gonna engineer one he didnt know if the truss the way it is would work with the stress but I dont see why not done well enough.I have looked at a lot of trusses and theirs looks like the best one to do it too.My 8.8 new 35s and rims are sitting waiting for this issue to be solved.
let me know how you set it up and how it works i really wanna get rid of my track bar in the rear, has clearence issues with the gas tank skid. i am running a 4.5 RE SF short arm lift
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could use some help

just did an 8.8 swap on my 99 tj 4.0 with 31" bfg km2s stock height as of right now. bought a new rear track bar factory replacement style because I couldn't seperate the old trac bar from my d35. here is the only real problem... my tires are uncomfortably close the upper coil perch and I am unsure why. Any help would be great I cant drive it as is maybe I am missing something... I have ordered quality wheel spacers in the meantime. thanks
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just did an 8.8 swap on my 99 tj 4.0 with 31" bfg km2s stock height as of right now. bought a new rear track bar factory replacement style because I couldn't seperate the old trac bar from my d35. here is the only real problem... my tires are uncomfortably close the upper coil perch and I am unsure why. Any help would be great I cant drive it as is maybe I am missing something... I have ordered quality wheel spacers in the meantime. thanks
Your on the right track with the wheel spacers, the 8.8 is slighty narrower than the stock d35 so this will happen.

Its either less backspacing or wheel spacers to solve the problem.

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