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Old 06-30-2010, 11:52 PM   #1
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Installing a ford 8.8 ?

so im going to be installing a ford 8.8 i hate reading through 50 posts and not finding my answers. Is there a write up anywhere?

My quesstions are:
Will i have to get a new drive shaft or can i use the same one thats in my jeep?
Will my axle move or be in the same place as the 35 was?
What do i have to change about the axle besides the shock mounts and pearch mounts? is everything a straight swap with the E brakes and Brake lines

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Old 07-01-2010, 12:24 AM   #3
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Well i really dont have the money for that. If i did i wouldnt buy it lol thats a little pricy! I used to have a lifted ranger with a 8.8 in it. So i have extra U-bolts and a pinion flange for the U-joints. Im going to be re-using the perches and shock mounts. My best friend owns a machine shop so i can get them off really clean. The only thing i am going to have to buy is new brake lines. I can get a used diff cover for the rear.
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^ Well you didn't mention any of that.

But yeah, brake lines and an adapter for the flange on the pinion to go to a u-joint.
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^ Well you didn't mention any of that.

But yeah, brake lines and an adapter for the flange on the pinion to go to a u-joint.
Lol sorry thanks though!

now i have read that the e brake wont fit how do i fix that?
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Old 07-01-2010, 02:56 PM   #6
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well the guy backed out of the deal so now i need to find another 4.10 8.8 =[
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my disc brake 8.8 i was able to hook up e-brake with the existing (jeep) brake cable. i used cable clamps like you use for braided cable and made a loop around the brake cam/thing.

you will need a flange adaptor for the driveshaft and may need to shorten it, as the snout is longer on the 8.8 than a dana35.

i cut off the existing 8.8 perches and reused them. i cut the shock mount portion off the explorer spring plate and welded it on the axle tube.
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Give this link a shot it should answer ur questions
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Old 07-01-2010, 04:15 PM   #9
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Forgot the link oops Ford 8.8 Axle in YJ
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Old 07-01-2010, 04:56 PM   #10
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well the ford 8.8 fell threw teh guy backed out but luckily i am picking another one up on the 13th of july! I know its not 80 bucks like the other one but 175 complete 4.10 still isnt bad!
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Forgot the link oops Ford 8.8 Axle in YJ
Thanks man yeah that does help a lot
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Old 07-01-2010, 05:22 PM   #12
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We just dropped on into my buddies YJ, not too difficult of a swap.

P.S. You can get a yoke adaptor from Ford genuine factory Spicer part.
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Old 07-01-2010, 10:31 PM   #13
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We just dropped on into my buddies YJ, not too difficult of a swap.

P.S. You can get a yoke adaptor from Ford genuine factory Spicer part.
Thanks man yeah i think i have a extra yoke adapter from my old Ford ranger when i did a explorer swap on that.
But if not thats not a bad idea!
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Old 07-18-2010, 08:05 PM   #14
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can you use the ebrake cables from the ford or is it better to use the jeep ebrake cables?
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I used the ford E-brake cables when i did mine.. Drivers side was perfect and passenger side just needed to be lengthened a few inches.. Very simple though.
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I used the ford E-brake cables when i did mine.. Drivers side was perfect and passenger side just needed to be lengthened a few inches.. Very simple though.
Exactly how did you lengthen it?
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I'm gonna bring this back to the top cause inquiring minds want to know about the E-Brake cable hook up. I am about to swap to the 8.8 and am wondering what I really do need.
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Here's a quick fix i did last year and to be honest work out so well i just left it like this and hasn't failed yet...My cables are from a 98 explorer.. The pass side cable (top one) fit perfect and the divers side (lower) just needed a few inches added to it which i cut off a spare cable i had and just used cable clamps..

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Ford 8.8 Emergency Brakes

That's one way to go uplifted.

You could also weld a new e-brake bracket up under the Drivers frame rail. No cable cuts, No "maybe it'll work when I need it," cable stays.
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That's one way to go uplifted.

You could also weld a new e-brake bracket up under the Drivers frame rail. No cable cuts, No "maybe it'll work when I need it," cable stays.
This is very true.. As i said it was just a quick thing and it just never botherd to follow up and make it perfect.. luckily i never cut the for cable, just added to it so a second bracket is always an option still should i need it.... For now she's holding just fine...

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