Found a guy in South Florida with a front-wrecked '98 Explorer. Had 81k on the truck when it was wrecked.
Axle looks to be in good shape from what I saw in the photos. For $200, even if it takes some work, it's probably a good deal so I'm looking to pick it up tomorrow.
That said, I had some questions.
#1 - It has 3.73 gears with limited slip in it now. I'm looking to upgrade the gears on both it and my front axle to at least 4.88 but am considering 5.13. Is the 5.13 really that much better in a 4 cylinder wrangler? Other than the gears themselves, what other parts will need to be replaced inside the pumpkin?
#2 - When I re-gear, I'll have to re-gear the front axle too. It's a stock axle (I think), so that's a Dana 30, right?
#3 - Does anyone have a parts list of things I'll need to make this work under my YJ? I assume I'll be using the same suspension parts I already have in connecting the rear leafs to it. Are there any additional adapters I'll need? Custom drive shaft? Any vendor I should contact about this?
#4 - I imagine this would be the time to upgrade to lockers as well. Is it a good idea to put lockers in the back axle but not the front? or should I wait until I can afford lockers all the way around? What's everyone's preferred locker make/model and how easy are they to lock?
#5 - Knowing I have Eagle Alloy 028 aftermarket wheels with a 4 inch backspace running 33x12.50/15s, will that give me any clearance issues with the wheels I have now rubbing on the calipers or other parts of the hub?
#6 - Anything else I should know before buying this and proceeding?
Denis A. Baldwin
1991 YJ 99 Vortec 5.7L, SM465, NP205, 14 Bolt Rear, Dana 60 Front, 5.13 Gears, Detroit Lockers, 395/85R20 46" Michelin XML tires on 20" XD Wheels, Cherokee Offset Springs (10" front to back stretch total), Bilstein 5150s, 1in. BL, custom cage, Warn M8000, Double D Dash/OHC, 4Low Front Stinger Bumper, DirtWorx Rear Bumper WTC, Tube Fenders, Comp Cut, 1 Ton HD Kingpin High Steering and PAID FOR.
#1 I would not go over 4.88 because I believe thats the limit for the d30 front unless your gonna change that too. If your running 33's 4.88's will be fine for sure even with the 4 banger. You will need the gear set and a full setup kit, shims, seals, and bearings.
#2 Yes, and Yes but I believe the d30 is limited at 4.88 gears.
#3 You will need to adapt the e brake lines which i believe MORE makes a kit or you might be able to piece somethign together. You'll need new spring perches and lower shock mounts. You will also need an adapter fromt he u joint to the ford flat flange. These parts are out there but I am unsure where to get them. i have seen threads posted and when I do mine I'll check it out unless you post where you get yours. I have a local race car company that makes brackets for cheap so I was gonna get my spring perches and shock mounts.
#4 Yes, you could do lockers now if you wish. ARB is gonna be the best really. Or you could use an auto lokaer like a detroit or spartan etc. You might just want to get the swap done and look into lockers later. Unless your going with an arb or e locker becuse those need to be installed when the gears are setup but they cost big$$$$. A lunchbox loker can be installed anytime.
#5 You should be ok. But not 100% on that.
#6 Not sure. Til I do mine I wouldn't know for sure but I would expect it.<LOL! Good luck and keep us posted!
1. It would be better, but as YamJam mentioned, you're limited to 4.88 in the front.
2. Yes, otherwise things go crunch when you put it in four wheel drive. Stock gears on the 4-banger is 4.10.
3. YamJam is good on that one.
4. With a LSD, a lunchbox locker is not an option. You need an open carrier for that. Thus, if you want to run lunchbox you need a new carrier designed for an open diff or a locker that replaces the carrier (i.e. ARB). Nothing wrong with locking the rear but not the front.
5. Clearance is fine.
6. Yes, you'll want a heavy duty diff cover. The stock one is thin as tin foil.
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1994 yj 4.0 full traction shackle reversal, ome springs, bilstien 5100 shocks, ford 8.8 rear ected, 35 12.5 15, soft eights, 4.88 gears, lockers, metal cloak over line fenders, rock gaurds, corners, engo winch.
#1 It moves flips the u bolts over. Basically putting the nuts on top and the smooth round parts on bottom. It can gain you some clearence and keeps you from getting hung up on the u bolt nuts and plates. It is not needed but nice depending on cost.
I bought an 8.8 to use under my TJ, but never installed it. Now I plan on using it under my YJ. I'll probably regear it and install it sometime next winter.
I'm looking forward to following your install so I have a better idea on what to look out for when doing mine.
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