I have a 92 4.0 5spd YJ i am planning on swaping out the rear. I had a thought about going with a complete 8.8 from east coasr gear supply, but it would cost about 1400 to my door. This is for a 4.10 geared axle with a lockright, new brakes, lines and ebrake cable, pinion adapter and for the install kit. Axle would come prepped and bolt in. I owuld then just get a 4cyl front axle for now to match the gears. Then when funds permit, for a super 30 kit on that exle.
So i started looking around at gathering all the stuf myself and am looking for jeep guys input as i am a toyota convert.
I have been looking around on the web for the 8.8 swap stuff comparing prices and quality. it seems the east coast gear supply does have the best prices, or at least that I could find:
Ford 8.8 axle swap parts for Jeep TJ, YJ, and XJ
Ruff stuff specialties has a kit that is cheaper, but the shock mounts look cheesy and MORE has a kit that looks about the same, but costs more and the rest of their stuff (ie ebrake cable) is more expensive.
Ford 8.8 Rear Axle Simple Swap (31 spline) - RuffStuff Specialties
Jeep Axle swap for Ford 8.8 Axle on Jeep YJ 1987-1995 from Mountain Off-Road (M.O.R.E.)
I figure I could do it all myself for about 900, then just need to find someone to weld on the spring mounts and shock tabs. So to save 500 it seems worth it to do it myself.
Is my idea of getting an axle with 4.10 gears and finding a front 30 with 4.10 gears not logical? The guys in my local offroad club prefer going to a full detroit locker and even lower gears. I know that it would be great to go all out with a detroit and lower gears and all, but my original thought was to just reuse the 4.10's and drop in a lockright. I currently have 3.07 gears, i thought that 4.10's wold be sufficient with a swap to 33" tires and maybe even 35's. but I am only going by my experience with toyotas when i went from 4.10's and 31's to 4.88's and 35's. Or when I had 5.29's on my 4cyl 5spd with 37's. Would I need lower gears than 4.10 for 33's from other jeepers experiences?
Thanks for any input