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Old 10-25-2012, 09:16 PM   #1
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Ford 8.8 axle Wrangler Tj help

A day ago I blew out my weak dana35 in my 2000 tj. Everything is pretty much stock on 31" tires. Anyways I was wondering if this was a good deal on a ford 8.8 back axle. Also wanted to know what other parts would I need. A Ford 8.8 rear end with bracket kit for Jeep for 475 bucks. This is in the description.

"Ford 8.8 rearend out of an Explorer with 3.73 gears and Trac-Lock. It is ready to have the bracket kit (from mad4wd.com) welded on at whatever angle you choose. I was going to put it in my '99 Jeep TJ to replace the weak Dana 35 but i sold my jeep recently. It comes with the adapter to connect it to Jeeps driveshaft. Solid Differential cover. New brake pads, soft and hard brake lines and E brake cable.
Also a Differential cover and Loc Rite locker for the Dana 30 (front axle)."

Thanks! Happy jeeping
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:21 PM   #2
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I hate to be "that guy" but SEARCH IT this topic comes up about 20 times per day, there is even a sticky at the top of the board that has all of the info you need.

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I hate to be "that guy" but SEARCH IT this topic comes up about 20 times per day, there is even a sticky at the top of the board that has all of the info you need.
We don't tell people to search on WF as the feature doesn't work too well. However the sticky at the top of this section is chock full on info, you should check it out OP
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Doesn't seem like a bad deal. I'm doing the same thing now. Most of the bracket kits i've seen are in the 250 range. Most pick and pull type yards around me the 8.8 is going for 250 - 300. Add the locker i'd think you are coming out alright. I'd would find out what spline axle the locker is for.
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Doesn't seem like a bad deal. I'm doing the same thing now. Most of the bracket kits i've seen are in the 250 range. Most pick and pull type yards around me the 8.8 is going for 250 - 300. Add the locker i'd think you are coming out alright. I'd would find out what spline axle the locker is for.
Thanks for input everyone! Also thanks Dwayne for the reassurance. Guess you have to get a stronger axle in a jeep at some point!
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Does your front axle have 3.73s? They will need to match. .
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ahh well the guy had sold it before I got to him so I am looking for an axle to swap as well. I found one well actually two out of a 79 SJ (cherokee I believe). They are both dana 44's and I have been trying to do research on them to see if they are a good swap. Any ideas on this?
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ahh well the guy had sold it before I got to him so I am looking for an axle to swap as well. I found one well actually two out of a 79 SJ (cherokee I believe). They are both dana 44's and I have been trying to do research on them to see if they are a good swap. Any ideas on this?
Those are going to be full width axles unless they have been cut down.
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so if they where technically speaking the same width (considering they came out of the same jeep) it would be fine? Just some brackets and what not would have to be placed correctly? I know people would say to "search" this topic but their is such a variety of dana 44's for the average jeeper to know the difference. From what I have found the size, brakes, springs, and lug nuts is all that matters as well as the ratio. Thank you for your time, to be honest whatever help is given is a load of trouble lifted off my back.
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The axles out of a wagoneer are going to be six lug, they aren't exactly full width and there are better options out there. While I'm sure it's possible to convert the rear axle to 5 on 4.5, it's not possible on the front end as you're switching to a hub instead of unit bearing, and the hub isn't made small enough to accommodate a bolt pattern that small.

Also if I'm not mistaken Jeep didn't use a drivers side differential until 1980 so you'll have an incorrect drop on the diff, another reason to avoid them

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