Originally Posted by Lil Thib
can anyone tell me what vehicle info i need to have to locate an 8.8 out of an explorer?? I recently tore up my dana 35 4:11 gears and want to install a rearend i can depend on...
Any solid rear axle explorer axle will do. 91 and up Explorer, but if you get 95+ you get disc brakes. Also the Mercury Mountaineer is the exact same as the Explorer, 97+.
There is a bunch of info for the Ford 8.8 around.
For the price of a super 35 kit and gears and install you can get a TJ D44 or a ford 8.8 ready to bolt on with locker and gears.
-D35 won't handle 33's for long locked
-Super D35 can handle 33's and could handle 35's with stock engine and smooth driving.
-D44 & Ford 8.8 can handle 35 locked all day.
And now for some tech for the lazy guys.
The axle shaft strength tested by Warn Ind:
F8.8= 6,500 (lb. ft.)
D44= 4,600-5,000 (lb. ft.)
D35C= 4,000-4,300 (lb. ft.)
COT: Continuous output torque rating
MOT: Maximum output torque rating
(Numbers from January edition of Fourwheeler, page 60.)
Dana 35 rear axle COT: 870 MOT: 3480
Dana 44 rear axle COT: 1100 MOT: 4460
Ford 8.8 28spline COT: 1250 MOT: 4600
Ford 8.8 31spline COT: 1360 MOT: 5100
Dana60 semifloat COT: 1500 MOT: 5500]