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Old 07-01-2012, 04:19 PM   #1
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8.8 on craigs list

So i saw today a ford 8.8 for 500 on craigslist. Already has the brackets to bolt into a jeep, 4.10 with lsd. I emailed the guy and im waiting for a reply. My question is what is an approximate price for install. I know it varies but would guessing about 500 bucks be safe?

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Old 07-01-2012, 04:25 PM   #2
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Install it yourself, its really easy

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Old 07-01-2012, 04:50 PM   #3
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Yea i guess i could.... im not a great mechanic though. Just started doing things myself when i got the jeep 5 months ago. I dont feel comfortable doing it myself.
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:41 AM   #4
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Install it yourself, its really easy
x2. Basic hand tools and a six pack will be all you need. The hardest part will be opening the drinks
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:28 AM   #5
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Where are you located? Hit up your local club, or the regional sections on here or another Jeep forum and ask for some help. You could probably get a handful of people willing to come help you out as long as you provide their cold beverage of choice. Plus you'll get to help, and you'll actually learn what needs to be done.

But like the others have already said, it's very easy. Unbolt the old, and bolt on the new. The hardest part will probably be bleeding the brakes, but even that is easy. Google around a bit and you should find plenty of info on that.
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Old 07-02-2012, 02:28 PM   #6
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all you have to do it unbolt the shocks, upper and lower control arms, and the drive shaft right? the springs will just fall out. and the wheels of course. i've never done it, i'm just guessing. but i think that's all there is to it.

edit: forgot about breaks.
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Old 07-02-2012, 02:30 PM   #7
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all you have to do it unbolt the shocks, upper and lower control arms, and the drive shaft right? the springs will just fall out. and the wheels of course. i've never done it, i'm just guessing. but i think that's all there is to it.
Yes, but also trac bar and brakes. Like I said, everything is bolt off/bolt on, the only real difficult part is bleeding the brakes. And if you have half a brain, even that isn't difficult.
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Old 07-02-2012, 02:54 PM   #8
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Yes, but also trac bar and brakes. Like I said, everything is bolt off/bolt on, the only real difficult part is bleeding the brakes. And if you have half a brain, even that isn't difficult.
ahh yes yes, trac bar.

if i lived anywhere close, i'd be down to come help with the swap. i need to get better at this stuff.
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Old 07-02-2012, 02:57 PM   #9
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Add sway bar to that list as well, just hit me. That should be everything though.
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Old 07-02-2012, 02:58 PM   #10
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This was my favorite part of this past weekend and took less than 2 hours total with 2 people.

The least favorite was the sye install. Snap ring/horseshoe ring/whatever pliers are hard to find in the right size. They definitely are not the usual ones you see for sale everywhere.
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Old 07-02-2012, 03:16 PM   #11
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Local club disbanded a week after i joined..... dont really have anyone to ask for help.
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Old 07-02-2012, 03:17 PM   #12
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Have you tried posting in the regional forums either here or on JeepForum?
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Old 07-02-2012, 05:13 PM   #13
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Im in clarksville tn if anyone is intrested haha
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Old 07-02-2012, 05:19 PM   #14
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Do you have 4:10's already. The two axles must be the same to use 4x4.
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Old 07-02-2012, 05:33 PM   #15
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No i dont. Thats another problem i have. Id have to go a few days without 4wd. No biggie though.
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This was my favorite part of this past weekend and took less than 2 hours total with 2 people.

The least favorite was the sye install. Snap ring/horseshoe ring/whatever pliers are hard to find in the right size. They definitely are not the usual ones you see for sale everywhere.
Sears has the perfect snap ring pliers to use. I'd have to find the model number of them, but I went through about four sets and was about to throw the whole shaft through the wall until I found someone that recommended a certain pair. Literally made cake-work out of the install.
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has anyone that said an axle swap was really easy ever done one? ive done 3 axle swaps, and just finished putting an 8.8 into my TJ. make sure you have all adjustable control arms, an sye and cv shaft, special u joints (1330 to 1310 conversion), zj ebrake cables, flange adapter, soft brake lines, and more.
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:58 AM   #18
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has anyone that said an axle swap was really easy ever done one? ive done 3 axle swaps, and just finished putting an 8.8 into my TJ. make sure you have all adjustable control arms, an sye and cv shaft, special u joints (1330 to 1310 conversion), zj ebrake cables, flange adapter, soft brake lines, and more.
I did mine and it was really easy. We started at 4pm Friday when it was 100+ outside and still finished before dark. Of course spraying pb blaster on all the nuts daily leading up to that may have helped. Mine was from east coast gear supply, so it was a bolt in. Thos guys rock.
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has anyone that said an axle swap was really easy ever done one?
Of course not. Comment on something I have actual experience with? Why would I ever do that...

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