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Old 08-25-2014, 10:23 AM   #1
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8.8 budget build

Howdy folks! I went and picked up an 8.8 from an explorer the other day for 100 bucks!


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It has factory mounts still, but has a flange adaptor and what looks like a yj rear shaft cut in half. Weird..

4.10 gears, disc brakes, should be a 31 spline right?

Anyway, I took off the sway bar and started cutting off spring mounts. Cracked open the diff and it's black in there.

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So far I am just trying to get it a part and clean. Get a parts list together.

As if now I need
seals and bearings for both ends.
Brake lines
Calipers
Disks (there was only one on the axle.. It looks like its got some meat left on it, should I replace it?)
Parking brake assy

Anything else I should definitely replace while I'm in there?

Look how rusty it is!

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Thanks all

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Old 08-25-2014, 11:42 AM   #2
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Get a new diff cover for it. the stock cover is very very thin. It wont take very much abuse at all.

When you go to pull the axles to replaces the axle bearings and seals you will be able to get a spline count. Most of the explorer axles (95-01)were 31 spline, but not all.

When you get the brake hoses for the calipers, get 2 of the passenger side hoses to use for a YJ install. That way you can make a short steel line from the drivers side flex line to the stock YJ distribution block, then a long line over to the passenger side. I welded a 1/4" bolt to the axle housing in between the u-bolts for the mount for each of the flexible lines. They come with the mounting bracket attached to the fitting on the line.

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Old 08-25-2014, 12:16 PM   #3
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Get a new diff cover for it. the stock cover is very very thin. It wont take very much abuse at all.

When you go to pull the axles to replaces the axle bearings and seals you will be able to get a spline count. Most of the explorer axles (95-01)were 31 spline, but not all.

When you get the brake hoses for the calipers, get 2 of the passenger side hoses to use for a YJ install. That way you can make a short steel line from the drivers side flex line to the stock YJ distribution block, then a long line over to the passenger side. I welded a 1/4" bolt to the axle housing in between the u-bolts for the mount for each of the flexible lines. They come with the mounting bracket attached to the fitting on the line.
I was planning on getting a BTFab DIY cover. Its like 60 bucks and 3/16 plate.

I'll check the shafts for spline count today when I pull the thing apart.

I was going to get new drivers and passenger side brake hoses and swap them, then run hard lines where necessary.
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Old 08-25-2014, 12:30 PM   #4
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I paid $75 for my diff cover w/ free shipping. Its a SOLID cover from

www.broncograveyard.com.

The rest of my parts for the 8.8 I got from

www.curieenterprises.com. This included spring mounts and u-bolts, shock mounts, they have a whole section on 8.8 parts there.
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Old 08-25-2014, 09:46 PM   #5
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How much did you pay for shock tabs, spring plates, ubolts, and spring mounts? I found a beefy kit from ruffstuff for $115 or so.
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Old 08-26-2014, 09:48 PM   #6
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Under Cover Fabworks, LLC - Ford 8.8 HD Diff Cover (Welded)

I am runnign that cover, and it is BEEFY, does not leak, and accepts my sticker without complaint...
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