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Old 04-28-2012, 07:48 PM   #1
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8.8 mod update

as many of you know I am working on a 8.8 conversion as slow as it is. Anyway I went today and began the new bracket install. they are all now tacked on and just waiting for me to pull the D35 so I can verify that all the stuff fits right before I weld the truss completely up. as always it is a process.
here are some pics. pic #1306-1407 are from today.
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Old 04-28-2012, 07:52 PM   #2
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special thanks to 4PlayHusker for his help today.......

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special thanks to 4PlayHusker for his help today.......
Dude thanks for letting me tag along. It was fun.
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:03 PM   #4
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Well, it's good to know that you're working on it. I thought it was going to become a permanent garage ornament...
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A lil stick welding huh...
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Ever sense I have been doin' this Jeep thang, I have been eye'n axles and suspensions on the trucks I work on. The other day I was doing brakes on a late 90's explorer, and was thinking this rear axle would fit nicely in my YJ.....lol I almost started to measure the leaf spring perches. focus, focus, got bills to pay here. Just my 2cents on this. I see lots of conversion/mods in my future.
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Where do you suppose Chad got his 8.8? Plus you wouldn't even need to convert it to link. At most redo the spring perches.
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Plus when you redo the perches you could flip them to a springover. instant four inches of lift. Course you'd also have to flip the front perches or you would look like a hot rod from the sixties
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Then while you are redoing the front perches you could do a shackle reversal which is much more civilized for offroad...
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And then, now that you have gobs and gobs of clearance you could drop a set of 35's on it, no problem... See where this is going?
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Nice choice with the 8.8 and artec truss, I know I love mine.
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Seems like an awfully round about way to end up with a four link...
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Nice choice with the 8.8 and artec truss, I know I love mine.
Looks good... did everything fit in ok??
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Where do you suppose Chad got his 8.8? Plus you wouldn't even need to convert it to link. At most redo the spring perches.
yep ...97 exploder... even came with a LS locker.
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Looks good... did everything fit in ok??
Fit great whats your pinion angle set at?
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I tested to talk my dad into letting me take the 8.8 off his explorer he told me no. And walked away. This was before I did my axels tho.,
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Fit great whats your pinion angle set at?
17 degrees.
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17 degrees.
Good, mine as well. Whats your lift plans, TT?
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Yea tt for sure with the Rokmen armor. I'm at 3.5 SL and 1.25 BL and running 35's
I'm as big as I'm going to get. eventually I am going ARB lockers but that's not going to happen right away. going to 4.56:1 and have a built 30 that I'll put in the front for a while. going to try and get the 8.8 regeared sometime in the next month or so and then get it all put together. the only thing right now is that it is coming up on summer and all the great trails are going to start opening and I do't want to be down. I might end up waiting a little longer just to make sure I have everything ready to minimize any down time.
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Hey I meant to tell you I have a metal shop in broomfield if you need any help burning up your 8.8...or you spare tire carrier.
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Hey I meant to tell you I have a metal shop in broomfield if you need any help burning up your 8.8...or you spare tire carrier.
Thanks Man...That there is some good information
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OK so here we go......its after 10-31-12 which was the date I set to start tearing into my rigs underside. so this week I went through and pulled all the measurements. and check!!! all good. So i took the axle down to my buddy's place and completed the welding. now its going to go to the gear head and get the 4:88's installed.
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Decided on 4:88 intead of 4:56's, gonna need a trailer soon. lol
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I might go with an 8.8 & 4:88s with ARB lockers. Can get a real good deal on The full set up, only $500 more than HCP wants just to regear.
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I might go with an 8.8 & 4:88s with ARB lockers. Can get a real good deal on The full set up, only $500 more than HCP wants just to regear.
Why an 8.8...if you already have a 44 ? Want bigger rubber already ?
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Been thinking about swapping my 4" springs for 3" & running 37's. Also I can get regeared to 4:88‘s for $2k, or an 8.8 rear, 4:88‘s front and rear with ARB lockers for $2500.
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Been thinking about swapping my 4" springs for 3" & running 37's. Also I can get regeared to 4:88‘s for $2k, or an 8.8 rear, 4:88‘s front and rear with ARB lockers for $2500.
sounds like a good set up to me. but I know a guy that will regear for you at 1200 for both axles. no locker. but if you regear your 44's you can use yours.
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Is that with Yukon or Superior gears though?
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Nice, if you can send me his info, ill check it out

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