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Old 07-18-2013, 08:01 PM   #31
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It's about 1/2" further into the TC. But that's back to about stock since it was further out than stock with my 4" lift and the D35.

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Old 07-18-2013, 09:40 PM   #32
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Now the 8.8 is cleaned up its ready for the brackets to arrive. I ordered the RUFFSTUFF swap kit cost $127.50. Got to love stuff on sale! Saved over $25 on the 4th of July sale weekend. Hoping I get the kit on Monday or Tuesday so I can continue working and locate a good welder. This swap is much easier than it sounds. I think the hardest part is doing all the labor.

I notice that a lot of guys prop up their axles on jacks like you did in this pic. Why do you do that? Is there any reason in particular other than not wanting the cover to leak any fluid? I have mine just sitting on a pallet and I'm wondering if I should be storing it some other way?

btw... Great progress. Your having a welder come to you? A friend or a pro? How much that running you if you don't mind me asking?
Also, are you gonna weld the axle tubes? http://www.4x4wire.com/jeep/tech/axle/ford8_8/

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Old 07-18-2013, 10:23 PM   #33
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I notice that a lot of guys prop up their axles on jacks like you did in this pic. Why do you do that? Is there any reason in particular other than not wanting the cover to leak any fluid? I have mine just sitting on a pallet and I'm wondering if I should be storing it some other way?

btw... Great progress. Your having a welder come to you? A friend or a pro? How much that running you if you don't mind me asking?
Also, are you gonna weld the axle tubes? http://www.4x4wire.com/jeep/tech/axle/ford8_8/
Not sure why everyone else does it but my reason is simple. Although I'm a short guy (5' 6") I like to sit on a chair while I do brakes, or mess with the diff and diff cover. And as well it makes it easier when you cut off the brackets that are no longer needed. You can just spin the whole axle housing on the jack stands and position it anyway that makes it easy to do w/e is needed.
Welding-yes trying to find a welder to borrow so I can tack it all up and bring it to a busy that is good at welding. A case of beer is cheaper than most people that are travel welders! And yes definitely welding the tubes! I've read about this a few times and I'm taking the advice! I'd rather take the time and do it once than do it again. Since this project has been in the works since March, and I'm just now getting around to doing it. Why so long? Well just trying to do all the research I can to make it easier and I'm here to tell you it's paying off. I'm only $290 in the hole for this project and all I have left to do is weld! I couldn't be happier!
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:40 AM   #34
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Nice project. Coming along quite nicely. After reading your thread I think it's time for me to start my own project as well. Keep it up!
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:08 PM   #35
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Thanks for all the pictures! I'm buying a 8.8 next month to prepare it for install in my 90. Did you rebuild the rear end with new seals and all that? And did you do the gearing yourself or did you have someone do it? I'd like to do my own gearing but I have heard it's a precision job.
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:42 PM   #36
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Take your time with it and use all reliable resources! Make sure if you want an LSD look at the door panel and get the D2(4.10 gears) or D4(3.73 gears). And I haven't rebuilt it yet with the exception if the PB. I'm saving more & for 4.56 gears and he install kit. It is a precision Jon to regear but I'm looking at doing this myself too. Just another thing to take the time on and not rush it.
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Old 08-03-2013, 11:56 PM   #37
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Finally got he time and someone to help me weld it all together. It's in and runs smooth! Glad to finally be back on the road. Didn't get pics of the re-install because the shop I was at was closing and the guy comes to me and says. Hey y'all gonna be done in 30 mins we close then. Well needless to say it was NASCAR style Jeep reassemble! Took 30 mins to prime paint carry bolt down hook shocks up re attach drive shaft and hook up brake lines. Oh and also clean shop and return tools! We did it, though all we had to do was bleed the brakes again and off we were. And I wanted to say that I welded some if the axle so a quick crash course on it and I welded the shik brackets on. Not to bad if I do say so myself.
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Old 08-04-2013, 01:15 AM   #38
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Great work! I know I would be sweating bullets putting it all back together that fast.
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Old 08-04-2013, 11:05 AM   #39
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Ah trust me I've gone over it three times here at the house. But my buddy that was helping is a great guy and mechanic. And we are able to do stuff under pressure well being in the Military so we took the challenge head on and conquered it!
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And I can really tell the difference between the old open diff, and the new LSD.
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:02 AM   #41
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Thumbs up Looking great!

So did you end up using the the middle hole on the spring perches? It looks like it in the picture, but just wondering. Great thread and great pics. Looks like you do good work. Keep it up!
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Old 11-26-2013, 09:53 AM   #42
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Yes I used the middle hole. Once I save up enough $ for an SYE and new driveshaft I'll switch it to the front hole. This way it will give me a lower driveshaft angle hopefully.

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