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Old 11-29-2007, 11:36 AM   #1
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Cool 35c to ford 8.8

Hey all, Im looking to change the 35c out of my 93yj and put in a 8.8 out of an Explorer. Im not too sure what all it intails to complete the swap. I know that I will have to weld new perches in. Also I think that i need to make sure that the ring and pinon are the same as the front(3.07's so far) or change to match. Has anyone else made the change and what do I need to watch out for before I start to pull it together. Any help would be great. Thanks Dan

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Old 11-29-2007, 11:56 AM   #2
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get a later model explorer and you can have disc brakes. if you're getting an 8.8. im assuming your going to run bigger tires so you'll prob wanna go ahead and regear your front and (new) rear axle to something lower. you'll also need an adaptor for the driveshaft b/c the ford has a flat plate instead of a yoke.

heres a good read on it http://www.jedi.com/obiwan/jeep/ford88.html

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I have done this a few times. It currently on my YJ. I would regear both axles if you can. It was a pretty easy mod. there are a few aftermarketcompanies that offer somebolt on parts. yoke adapters, brake adapters etc. they helped alot. make sure you ge tthe years with the discbrakes. If you collected all the parts before hand then you could easily swap it in in a saturday. One hint if you put an ARB in it it will spin a bearing. it happened to me and I talked to a rep from ARB he said it happens quite a bit. make sure whoever sets it up uses a case spreader to get a ton of preload. I had bolt tapped into my bearing cap retainer so it can't spin. Great axle. weld the tubes to the center section. I have seen the tubes spi, but never seen any other part of the 8.8 fail.
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Old 11-29-2007, 09:44 PM   #4
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get a later model explorer and you can have disc brakes. if you're getting an 8.8. im assuming your going to run bigger tires so you'll prob wanna go ahead and regear your front and (new) rear axle to something lower. you'll also need an adaptor for the driveshaft b/c the ford has a flat plate instead of a yoke.

heres a good read on it http://www.jedi.com/obiwan/jeep/ford88.html
Im running 33x12.5 right now with open diff. I was thinking of putting a locker in but was worried about snapping the 35c. A friend did an engine swap out of a Explorer to a F150 and has the rearend with disks. I was'nt changing to bigger tires just trying to make the rear end stronger since i had the chance too.
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