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Old 11-30-2009, 09:07 PM   #1
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why put a ford axle in a jeep?

just wondering why people do it is it stronger?

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Old 11-30-2009, 09:17 PM   #2
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yes wayyyyy stronger.

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Old 11-30-2009, 09:19 PM   #3
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The Ford 8.8" rear axle is considerably stronger than the oem axles in most Jeeps. Since the 8.8 in Ford Explorers matches up width wise, and theres so many of them out there, it's just a good choice.
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:55 PM   #4
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are they the same lug pattern? or is it the 5 on 5.5?
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:59 PM   #5
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Not all Ford axles have the same 5x4.5" as the Wrangler and I think Cherokee too but I believe the 8.8 does. The 8.8 is either slightly stronger or slightly weaker than the Dana 44 according to what you believe. The real bump in strength is with the Ford 9".
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Old 11-30-2009, 11:09 PM   #6
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I do love me a good Ford 9"


All your Exploder and Crown Vic 8.8's are gonna be 5x4.5 like the TJ/YJ/XJ Your 1/2 ton ford truck 8.8's are gonna be different.
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Old 12-05-2009, 12:23 AM   #7
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What all is involved in a axle swap? Do any mods need to be made to the suspension or brake system?
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Old 12-05-2009, 08:38 AM   #8
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How difficult it is depends entirely on the axle you choose. Like if you have a Dana 35c axle and want to upgrade to a used or rebuilt Dana 44 that came from another TJ, it's a bolt-in... no mods are needed and you can even reuse your old brakes without even disconnecting the brake lines.

Other axles would have to be modified to fit the TJ but most of that is done to the axle itself, but few would requre extensive modifications to the Jeep itself. If you have an axle built for your TJ, it is made to be pretty much a bolt-in too.
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How difficult it is depends entirely on the axle you choose. Like if you have a Dana 35c axle and want to upgrade to a used or rebuilt Dana 44 that came from another TJ, it's a bolt-in... no mods are needed and you can even reuse your old brakes without even disconnecting the brake lines.

Other axles would have to be modified to fit the TJ but most of that is done to the axle itself, but few would requre extensive modifications to the Jeep itself. If you have an axle built for your TJ, it is made to be pretty much a bolt-in too.

I really gotta remember this thread, I have a Dana 30 in front and a Dana 35, in back. I've heard my 35 is weak, so if it ever craps on me I now can swap it out
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Wolfen. You can always copy and paste from this thread into documents and save it there.
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I ran a Ford 8.8 31 spline for years with 36" IROK's, detroit, and 4.88 gears. I beat the living piss out of it and it NEVER failed.

I just upped the anti and went to a Dana 70 , 35 spline, spooled and 4 linked the rear of my YJ./

Upfront I'm currently running a built Dana 44, but I might have scored a Ford HP dana 60 and that will be going in soon.

But trust me when I say I beat the piss out of it. I mean I beat the living snot out of it on rocks, muds and even 1 tough truck challenge that I won.
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I ran a Ford 8.8 31 spline for years with 36" IROK's, detroit, and 4.88 gears. I beat the living piss out of it and it NEVER failed.

I just upped the anti and went to a Dana 70 , 35 spline, spooled and 4 linked the rear of my YJ./

Upfront I'm currently running a built Dana 44, but I might have scored a Ford HP dana 60 and that will be going in soon.

But trust me when I say I beat the piss out of it. I mean I beat the living snot out of it on rocks, muds and even 1 tough truck challenge that I won.
Very nice!!!! That's what I'm talkin' about.
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I know what I'd like to find here locally in a junk yard is a complete rear end out of a Jeep Wrangler that fits my year exactly and has a LSD, that will replace a Dana 35. and a front complete that will fit and replace a Dana 30 with a LSD, And a 4.3 for under the hood I don't have any problems with the 2.5 and open diffs I have in it now, I can go just about anywhere as long as I don't bottom out and lose traction, but I'd love to make the Jeep as powerful as my S-10 Blazer

I know its a dream, due to money, but its nice to dream about LOL

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