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Old 09-28-2009, 10:50 PM   #1
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Converting a Ford 8.8

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I was wondering what you have to do exactly to convert a ford 8.8 rear axle from a ford explorer to a 1998 Jeep Wrangler... What all should be done to make it work?

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donor 8.8 out of a v8 explorer. it will have disc brakes and 31 spline shafts and availble with matching gears to your jeep.

E brake adapter cable, Drive shaft adapter on the yoke, I bought all my brackets from ballistic fab for 120 bucks. a welder, time and lots of tools. it was a real bitch to grind off the stock 8.8 brackets. grab some ear plugs a grinder and a few cut off wheels. you will also need a angle finder to setup the brackets.

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I went to a junkyard the other day with my friend and we looked at some and we saw one without a differential cover and it had disc brakes and limited slip... Idk exactly, my friend is the axle guy for sure... Would that be good??
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I went to a junkyard the other day with my friend and we looked at some and we saw one without a differential cover and it had disc brakes and limited slip... Idk exactly, my friend is the axle guy for sure... Would that be good??

I would be weary of a junkyard rear with a missing diff cover. Don't know what someone has done to it. Would suck to do all that work and have it need a regear
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donor 8.8 out of a v8 explorer. it will have disc brakes and 31 spline shafts and availble with matching gears to your jeep.

E brake adapter cable, Drive shaft adapter on the yoke, I bought all my brackets from ballistic fab for 120 bucks. a welder, time and lots of tools. it was a real bitch to grind off the stock 8.8 brackets. grab some ear plugs a grinder and a few cut off wheels. you will also need a angle finder to setup the brackets.
It took me 30 minutes to knock off the stock Explorer brackets and clean the axle up. Just cut into the welds on the sides, then get a big hammer after them. That was probably the easiest part.

I also used U-bolts for the e-brake. Cost me about 25˘ apiece.
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Old 09-29-2009, 01:13 PM   #6
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what brackets are yall talking about??
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the brackets to convert it to 4link coil suspension. coil buckets trac bar bracket, shock tabs, control arm brackets. 30min to clean a 8.8 hahha i wish. the leaf spring pads on mine were fully welded. cut off wheels and sawzall blades and about 2hours i was done. and im no stranger to cutting and welding.
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Oh ok lol. thanks
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Old 09-30-2009, 07:33 AM   #10
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what brackets are yall talking about??
I used RE brackets, but they took quite a bit of grinding to make them fit. I don't recommend them for an 8.8 because of all that extra work. Another guy I know used MORE, and we put them on the same day we did mine and they fit great. I think MAD4WD makes them too, and I think they're cheaper, but I'd ask about the fitment.

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the brackets to convert it to 4link coil suspension. coil buckets trac bar bracket, shock tabs, control arm brackets. 30min to clean a 8.8 hahha i wish. the leaf spring pads on mine were fully welded. cut off wheels and sawzall blades and about 2hours i was done. and im no stranger to cutting and welding.
Why would you use a sawzall on welded steel that thick? No wonder it took you so long. I went through two cutoff wheels and one of those gritty sanding pads on my 4.5" angle grinder; but yea, 30 minutes along with a pair of vise grips and a 3 lb. hammer, and I was done. The welds on mine only ran along the outside of the spring pads and the swaybar mounts.

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