Thanx for the help on deciding to go (SOA) i ordered the parts and they will b here in a couple of days!!! now i have another Question.
I have the option of purchasing a dana 44 with Disc brakes for 500$. tis is an open axle w/4.10 gears or..... a ford 8.8 with Disc Brakes for 350$ same specs i think..
Now heres my question? What do i get? the 8.8 is cheaper but is it compatible with my dana 30? how much would it cost to swap them out ? And i eventually want to run 4.56 on 35x12.50r15 with selectable OX LOCKERS?
I did this swap like 3 months ago, the 8.8 is narrower then the stock Dana 35, its like 3/4" smaller on each side, so not by a lot.
As far as compatibility, you just have to find one that has the same ratio, I put one that had the 4.10 and a LSD.
To install I ordered a kit from ballistic fabrication, I think it was like $120, then figure labor if your not doing your self, but it was not that hard. If the 8.8 does not have the right gears then I would consider the Dana 44, to re-gear labor $250 to $500 plus cost of gears $200, but if the 8.8 matches then I would go with that.
i think it was a regular 44 with drums and then converted.....well idk thats just what I was told!!!! but i think im going with the 8.8.. who know that FORD would ever have something worth putting on a jeep!
What about front axle?? keep D30 or......what r my options?
I did the 8.8 swap a few months ago. I had a bent axle shaft, decided I wanted to upgrade. I got the Sport explorer 8.8 with tow, for the 4.10 and the LSD, also for the disk breaks for cheap. I found a kit that has everything and more to do the swap, all I needed was the axle and this kit and brake parts. I found it at a site called Know Where To Jeep, part number KW2J-YJ8.8 Includes:
*Solid Axle Ford 8.8 Diff Cover
*Currie Disc Brake Hose Kit
*Dana Spicer Driveshaft Flange Adapter (Fits 1310 u-joint)
*Four 12mm x 1.75 thread 12-point driveshaft flange bolts
*3/8" thick A50 Steel U-bolt Plates With 3 Pin Mounting Options or U-bolt Flip Kit
*Four 10" x 5/8" x 3-1/4" U-bolts with 1/4" Laser Cut Washers and Nuts
*1/4" Thick Steel Shock Brackets or Extended Shock Mounts
*1/4" Thick Steel Leaf Spring Perches or Cast Perches
This made the install very easy. I tried to price out and buy locally but it was more expensive so I went with the kit. Never been happier
Thanks for posting the links. They have changed things since I bought it. There was one kit for the yj and I didn't have the option to remove parts, I did have to call and ask for the u bolt flip kit. Either way, Eric that works there (answers the emails and calls) is an awesome help. I called him quite a bit on my swap and with the questions I had with parts for my d30. Great customer service when you call or email. I always check there first for parts, always beats my local parts prices.