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Old 03-12-2014, 01:20 AM   #1
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Opinions please and a little know how also

OK sometime in the future i plan on doing a rear axle swap, i have a dana 35 now and hope it will last for atleast a year, but when i swap what are some good options? Keep in mind i have 4:10 gear ratio in it now, so advice on gear ratios would be helpful too. Opinions and advice would be greatly appreciated

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Old 03-12-2014, 02:06 AM   #2
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Ford 8.8 is the best bang for the buck.

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Old 03-12-2014, 02:33 AM   #3
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See im out of my element here i fully admit that. Hope i dont sound ignorant but if i have 4:10 gear ratio will i be able to keep that ratio in the 8.8?
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Old 03-12-2014, 08:01 AM   #4
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With a little searching you should find an 8.8 with a 4:10 already in it, it was an available ratio.
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Old 03-12-2014, 08:08 AM   #5
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I've been reading up on this as well, but how exactly do you identify an 8.8 from the other ford axles?
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:06 AM   #6
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Any axle under a Ford Explorer is an 8.8, 97 and newer have disc brakes which is a good upgrade.
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Old 03-12-2014, 01:47 PM   #7
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Sweet, thanks man much appreciated
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Old 03-12-2014, 02:16 PM   #8
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96- 01 Ford Explorer or Mercury Mountaineer. Both of those have a Ford 8.8 in them with disc brakes on it.
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Old 03-12-2014, 02:33 PM   #9
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check this out.. lots of good info
Are YOU considering the popular Ford 8.8 swap?

this thread also has a lot of specs and other info
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...d.php?t=144780
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Old 03-12-2014, 02:39 PM   #10
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Definitely go with the 8.8. Thicker axle tubes, stronger shafts and disc brakes. I'm currently looking for one too. They are out there with 4.10's, just have to look.
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Old 03-13-2014, 09:54 AM   #11
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I believe i have found one!!! Its in a 99 exploder, a friend own it and it has a rod knocking badly, so he said after he blows the engine up i can have the rear end but i have to get rid of the rest of the truck lol im up for it
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Does the 8.8 have the same lug nut configuration or do you have to buy new wheels too?
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Does the 8.8 have the same lug nut configuration or do you have to buy new wheels too?
Same 5x4.5 bolt pattern so you can keep your rims
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So my long term plan is to find an early-mid 90s 5.0 and do a v8 swap. Am I correct in assuming I can do that with the 97 or newer rear end so I can get the disc brakes?
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Do some searching, I picked up my 8.8 with 4:10 and a posi/limited slip.
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Old 03-14-2014, 07:52 PM   #16
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ok tired of dickin with this rear end!! the 8.8 i was gonna have access to is no longer available. so im in search of a dana 35 with 4.10 gears, just wanna bolt it on and get this thing rolling. Its a daily driver jeep not gonna see much offroad till after i get another jeep. so dana 35 should meet my basic needs
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ok tired of dickin with this rear end!! the 8.8 i was gonna have access to is no longer available. so im in search of a dana 35 with 4.10 gears, just wanna bolt it on and get this thing rolling. Its a daily driver jeep not gonna see much offroad till after i get another jeep. so dana 35 should meet my basic needs
Where are you located? I just swapped my D35 for an 8.8. My D35needs spider gears and more than likely a carrier, but if you're anywhere near Phoenix you can have it. I'll even help you load it

Otherwise, I would HIGHLY recommend the 8.8 swap. I just did mine and got back on the road for under $350. If you decide to go this route and need any direction, feel free to PM me for a phone# and I'd be happy to help.
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Old 03-15-2014, 12:52 PM   #18
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Man i wish i was near by but im in lasalle, il fml
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Old 03-15-2014, 12:53 PM   #19
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I will definately hit you up on direction and help when i do the swap to 8.8 i appreciate all the help

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