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Old 09-09-2010, 12:44 PM   #1
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Axle questions

I found a guy locally that has a ford 8.8 with 4.11 gears and matching front dana 30 w/o vacumn disconnect coming out of a 1988 comanche.
this would be to replace my rear axle (dana 35c) the only thing I know about axle and the whole thing is how to replace my C clip as I just did that.
do I need to buy the front and rear axle ? will this just bolt on ? what do I need to look at / do, etc...
the guy want $300 for one axle or $500 for both.

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Old 09-09-2010, 01:04 PM   #2
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Since you likely have a '97 or newer Wrangler TJ, getting that rear 8.8 axle ready to install will be a pretty major job. It is set up for leaf springs and a totally different type of suspension than your coil spring TJ has. All of its mounting brackets & spring brackets would have to be cut off and then new Wrangler TJ type mounting brackets, spring buckets, etc. would have to be welded onto it. Just the brackets will run $300 minimum with $400 being more typical, plus the cost of the welder-fabricator to get it ready to mount.

The front D30 would be easier but you'd want to convert it from its present trouble-prone vacuum disconnect system by replacing the passenger-side 2-piece axle shaft with a 1-piece and then covering the disconnect mechanism opening with a piece of sheet metal. Not a difficult job but replacement 1 piece axle shafts aren't free.

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Old 09-10-2010, 10:01 AM   #3
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so i may as well save money and then buy a new axle that wil bolt on..
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^^^ That depends on your budget. A set of new axles with the proper mounting points already installed will cost more than the $500 price tag the guy is asking for both. For bolt on ease, go for the pre fabbed new axles. If you wish to save money, you can cut off the old mounting points and have everything prepped for who ever you want to do the fab work. Complete new axles will be much more expensive. Here is a link for axles with pricing. Hope this helps out.

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