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Old 03-18-2011, 10:33 PM   #1
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Ford 8.8 swap

I am lookijng at a 8.8 for my TJ. I plan on running 33's with a 3" lift. Currently running 31's with a 2" BB. I was offered this:
Ford 8.8 Rear Axle Disc brakes 4.10 gears factory Trac-lok - New HD TJ Bracket Kit Installed - 1310 adapter flange.

New OEM pads, rotors and e-brake shoes. Proper Brake hoses and new e-brake cables.

Ready to bolt in
Does this sound like a good deal? Is there anything else I will need? After reading some of the posts, I'm confused...will I need adjustable upper control arms?

Is the 8.8 shorter than the stock 35 and if so, will I need to add wheel spacers to get it to track the same as the front?

Should i have the brackets welded on for the 3" lift (pinion angle) or have it done for what I am currently running (2" lift)? Is there a way to upgrade something if i have the pinion angle set for 2" lift, then add a 3" lift later?

Sorry for all the questions. Never went through this before and want to get it right the first time...

Thanks.

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Old 03-19-2011, 01:21 AM   #2
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Hard to say if its a good deal or not since you did not post the asking price.
The 8.8 is 1.75" narrower then your d35 so your wheels will be inward about 5/8 per side.
I would have the pinion angle set for your current lift. You can always get adjustable length rear upper control arms to adjust the pinion angle in the future.

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Old 03-19-2011, 02:01 AM   #3
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Price is $1250.

Is losing 5/8" going to cause any problems down the road...when adding 33's?
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Old 03-19-2011, 05:42 PM   #4
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the wheel studs are longer on the 8.8 so I just added one of those 1/4" or so spacers to each side to make it even less noticeable . That was over a year ago and its been fine .
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Old 03-19-2011, 05:45 PM   #5
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Thats not a bad price at all. It would be cheaper to do yourself though if you have the tools and capabilities. You can pick up an 8.8 for $200 all day where I live and the bracket kit is about $250. Add brakes and lines and your total would only be about $600
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Old 03-19-2011, 11:00 PM   #6
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I am lookijng at a 8.8 for my TJ. I plan on running 33's with a 3" lift. Currently running 31's with a 2" BB. I was offered this:
Ford 8.8 Rear Axle Disc brakes 4.10 gears factory Trac-lok - New HD TJ Bracket Kit Installed - 1310 adapter flange.

New OEM pads, rotors and e-brake shoes. Proper Brake hoses and new e-brake cables.

Ready to bolt in
Does this sound like a good deal? Is there anything else I will need? After reading some of the posts, I'm confused...will I need adjustable upper control arms?

Is the 8.8 shorter than the stock 35 and if so, will I need to add wheel spacers to get it to track the same as the front?

Should i have the brackets welded on for the 3" lift (pinion angle) or have it done for what I am currently running (2" lift)? Is there a way to upgrade something if i have the pinion angle set for 2" lift, then add a 3" lift later?

Sorry for all the questions. Never went through this before and want to get it right the first time...

Thanks.
Check these guys out first, and price out what you want, and see what it comes too in price, Complete Ford 8.8" Rear Axle Assembly Jeep TJ Ready to Bolt In Axle Swap .
I got my HPD30/Ford 8.8 from them and could not be happier, best mod I ever did. They all over jeepforum.com and have nothing but excellent reviews.

I run 35x13.50x15 on 15x10 rims with about 4"BS, no wheel spacers, with no rubbing with the 3/4" loss due to the axle.
In the pic you can see the space with a 13.50 wide tire. I can still stuff it with out it rubbing.

Not sure if you will need adjustable arms with a 3" Lift. I needed them with my 4" lift, because I had bad vibrations. Best thing to do is to call them, ask for Chase, and tell them what you want. He is awesome and knows his stuff.
That is a good price, and you could do it yourself for a lot cheaper. But take it from me, it was worth it to have it built, shipped, and I just bolted it in. TRUST ME.
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Old 03-19-2011, 11:14 PM   #7
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Went and looked at some of the work this guy has done. No question, he knows what he is doing. He also had a Dana 44 from a Rubicon that I want to buy for the front geared at 4.10. It has a bent tube, but he straightened it and sleeved it with .250 DOM. The sleeve is welded in and looks good. Anyone have any thoughts on the D 44? This is for my daily driver...

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