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Old 03-19-2012, 01:40 PM   #1
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Pulling an 8.8 out of an Explorer?

I keep finding good deals on what I'm told are D2 coded (4.10 gears, posi) Axles out of Explorers for my rear axle swap. However, I'm finding that some are 2WD and some are 4WD, some are connected to V6s, some to V8s. All are disc break 96+ models.

So, before I drive out and pick one up, can someone please confirm:

- The 8.8 out of a 2WD explorer will work the same as one out of a 4WD?

- The V6 version and V8 version explorers with 8.8s use the same axle? or is there a difference like spline count or anything else I should be worried about?

- When removing the axle, what other parts would I need? any sensors? brake lines? Anything else from the explorer that I should save?

I have my choice of two of them right now under $100 each.. thinking of getting both so I have one to put under my S10 as well.

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Old 03-19-2012, 02:10 PM   #2
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The 2wd works, and the 8.8 out of the v6 and v8 are the same. As far as stuff you will need, you might want to try and grab as many brackets as you can. I bought all new from east coast gear supply. Try and keep the brake lines intact, otherwise making a new setup is cheap and easy.

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Old 03-19-2012, 06:58 PM   #3
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I wish I would have known about the 8.8. I totaled a Explorer, I would of made them give me the back axle before they took it to salvage!
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:16 PM   #4
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are they that cheap? or are you just getting a super good deal? ive never looked into them bc i just figured the price was too much
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:23 PM   #5
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are they that cheap? or are you just getting a super good deal? ive never looked into them bc i just figured the price was too much
To do a pull it yourself, around here I paid $145.

But thats not ready to bolt in. lets just say mine ended up costing close to $2,000 total lol. But I went with some things that dont have to be used.
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To do a pull it yourself, around here I paid $145.

But thats not ready to bolt in. lets just say mine ended up costing close to $2,000 total lol. But I went with some things that dont have to be used.
I just bought a complete running driving Explorer for $200. I'll pull the axle, sell the motor and junk the rest.
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So Dennis? Does my 95 yj 2.5L 5-sp man. have the same axel ratio too? I am hughly interested in a conversion to a disk break upgrade! and how much modification is needed?
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So Dennis? Does my 95 yj 2.5L 5-sp man. have the same axel ratio too? I am hughly interested in a conversion to a disk break upgrade! and how much modification is needed?
Look at the tag on your rear end.
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just went on car-parts.com and found a few within 10 miles for under $100. might have to start researching this more. the only reason i was never interested was i figured the price was through the roof.

what in the world did you spend 2k on? i'm thinking, $100 for the axle, new gears front and rear ( mine has 3.07's so i'd have to upgrade) new spring perches, new brakes.? $1k +- $200 is what id think.
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Maybe he threw in a locker?? Selectable?
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I'm going to pay around 700 to have mine under the jeep.

Indy threw in an Arb and, I believe some shafts. Possibly even a truss? I think his bracket kit was a truss also. Check his build thread of you want.
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I'm going to pay around 700 to have mine under the jeep.

Indy threw in an Arb and, I believe some shafts. Possibly even a truss? I think his bracket kit was a truss also. Check his build thread of you want.
Ding ding!

A majority was the ARB.

Axle - $150
ARB -$980
Truss w/ brackets - $ 300
Brakes - $250
Spare axle shafts - $35
Riddler cover - $80
4.88"s with master install w/ wheel bearing - $550?

Those are all number just off my head + - those somewhat.

Total, $23XX. But no locker, or get the one with LSD, maybe one with a matching gearset, and a cheaper bracket kit and just saved over $1000 off my price.
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I can either buy one for $125 or a pair for $200, I pull. Both are D2 coded. I was going to put one in my S10 and one in my Wrangler.

That said, I see deals all the time in my area for these in 42, D2 or D4 for $150 or less.
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I did dads for 900.00 and thats with new perches, an E-locker, new brakes, a custom cover made from ar500 rods, and a moser 1350 yoke.

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