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Old 12-24-2012, 01:24 PM   #1
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Axle Swap Question: Ford 8.8

In short, is it going to be a problem if my entire rear axle is 1/2 inch offset to the passenger side?

So I'm working on swapping out my dana 35 for a Ford 8.8 with 4.88 gears and an ARB. I used the Artec truss which seems to be awesome and greatly simplified the process of locating all the brackets. However, I had to really work to get the trackbar connected. I used a ratchet strap to pull everything together. Now that everthing is together and it's sitting on the ground it appears that my axle is shifted about 1/2 inch to the passenger side. My brackets are all tack welded so they are removable but I'm not sure I really want to start over. After taking measurements I disconnected the trackbar to see if that is what caused the offset but it didn't seem to change much. With all the weight on the suspension the trackbar lines up better than before with everything hanging.

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Old 04-17-2013, 04:52 PM   #2
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Well, since no one ever replied I went with it. I'm happy to report no major issues. I will eventually get an adjustable trackbar or move to a triangulated 4 link and all will be well.

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Old 04-17-2013, 05:23 PM   #3
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Did you use the upper or lower mounting holes for the trackbar? If you're using the lower move it to the upper, that should shift the axle over ~1/2".
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