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Old 05-29-2007, 03:56 PM   #31
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If the 300 one is complete then I'd go with that if it were me. There's not a huge difference in the mileage there and no matter what gearing is in it you are going to have to regear your front.

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Old 05-29-2007, 04:13 PM   #32
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Since the front is a 27 spline and the rear is an 31 spline, I thinking that would be a problem for me.....right?

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Old 05-29-2007, 05:27 PM   #33
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Since the front is a 27 spline and the rear is an 31 spline, I thinking that would be a problem for me.....right?
Nope not at all. The only thing that needs to match between your front and rear axles is the gear ratio. Everything is independent of each other. With the Dana 30/Ford 8.8 setup you can safely run 35" tires on your rig.
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Old 05-29-2007, 05:27 PM   #34
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Picked up jeep today and brought it home.......$242 and nothing was fixed!! It is worse than when I took it. I'll blame that on further wear and tear. Charge was for finding problem........$47.94 for just taking off differential cover and putting it back on. No new gasket, just the labor!!!

At least its home and the swap can begin....
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Old 05-29-2007, 05:28 PM   #35
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Nope not at all. The only thing that needs to match between your front and rear axles is the gear ratio. Everything is independent of each other. With the Dana 30/Ford 8.8 setup you can safely run 35" tires on your rig.
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I guess I'll go with the $300 from Texas shipped.....not sure of ratio, but what the hell. I'll figure that out when I get it. I'm tired of f$@king with it.
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and yet another ?... will I run into any drive shaft issues on the back. I had read that it will be too long with the 8.8
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Old 05-29-2007, 11:52 PM   #37
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You may need to have it shortened but wait till it installed to measure it. Did you order perches? You are still SUA so don't go for the fancy ones the cheap ones are fine. You will need to set your pinion angle then weld in the perches. I assume you have a stock slip yoke drive shaft and to be honest it has been so long since I've had one I don't remember how to set it.
Read up on the web as it sound hard but is easy to set correctly. HTH
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Old 05-30-2007, 12:04 AM   #38
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and yet another ?... will I run into any drive shaft issues on the back. I had read that it will be too long with the 8.8
i think you'll need an adaptor to couple the ford flange type rear to the driveshaft also....i needed one anyway for my setup.
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does it make any difference if I get an axle from a 8 or 6 cylinder explorer?
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i think you'll need an adaptor to couple the ford flange type rear to the driveshaft also....i needed one anyway for my setup.
What is the part number for the adapter?
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What is the part number for the adapter?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Ford-...QQcmdZViewItem

This is what you are looking for. However I'm sure there are cheaper places to get it than on Ebay. I don't know what they cost as the last time I did a swap the guy had a new Dshaft built with that flange on it already.
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Old 05-31-2007, 05:56 PM   #42
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Joe @ Absolute has that adaptor in stock for about the same price or cheaper. As far as an 8 or 6 cyl it does not matter.
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Old 05-31-2007, 06:10 PM   #43
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Thanks guys!! You have been a hugh help.
I have found a complete rear end locally. It is a 8.8 with disc brakes, 3.73 gearing and a 45 day warranty. It will be delivered to my house tomorrow. Total price including delivery is $170.

I have ordered the 8.8 conversion kit for $137 and the pinion flange for $40 thru M.O.R.E .

Hopefully this time next week, I will have rear end in and YJ on the road. I am out of town this weekend, so it'll be Monday before I can start tearing old out.

I'm sure when I start, I'll have ?'s, so please check out this thread occasionally..........please
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I am glad we could all help, it sounds like you have it all set to go at this point. I will help where I can but it has been 5 years since I have installed an 8.8 and that was not even mine I am sure this group will have plenty of info to help you along.
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Old 06-01-2007, 05:30 PM   #45
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Well, I have a 8.8 sitting in the garage.......it's ready for me. Hope I'm ready for it!!

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