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Old 06-25-2010, 02:05 PM   #1
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In over my head on a 8.8 swap, I NEED NEW FRIENDS!!!

Man I really need some local jeep friends! It sure would be nice to have some help when it comes to "projects", or even some bro's to go trail riding! Maybe if I had some friends I wouldn't be stuck where I am right now.

Sitting in my garage with a broken rear axle. 8.8 sitting right beside it. Been that way for a month trying to find some help. Got to cut the perches and switch them around, but Can't afford taking the axles to a shop, garages are ridiculous these days to weld, or cut, or do anything lol

Im not to proud to admit when im beat! If I don't get some help, my jeep is gonna be stuck in my garage for a few years, and I don't want to do that to her! I really want to make it to uwarrie this season!

So I beg of you, if you love tinkering, tweaking, and fixing, and have a little time to help out a fellow jeeper in distress, please, get a hold of me! PM, Email, Smoke Signal, hell I don't care! lol I NEED YOUR HELP!

thanks guys

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Old 06-25-2010, 02:25 PM   #2
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What exactly are you having problems with? Don't be affraid of this job. The 8.8 needs minor modification to fit a YJ. nothing crazy. The hardest part is having enough garage space.

Would a write up help? I remember seeing a good one. If you want I'll dig it up.

You can buy a kit to that comes with the new mounts and crap for the 8.8 for around $100 or so.

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Old 06-25-2010, 02:29 PM   #3
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What exactly are you having problems with? Don't be affraid of this job. The 8.8 needs minor modification to fit a YJ. nothing crazy. The hardest part is having enough garage space.

Would a write up help? I remember seeing a good one. If you want I'll dig it up.

You can buy a kit to that comes with the new mounts and crap for the 8.8 for around $100 or so.
A write up would be nice, this is what im using
Ford 8.8 Axle in YJ

However the issue is, I dont have a welder, cutting torch, or grinder, nor do I know how to use any of them (except the grinder)

And it would cost more than i have to take it to a shop and pay someone to do it for me...
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So why did you tackle this job without the proper tools? What else did you expect? The magic welding fairy to come tack everything up for you?
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Old 06-25-2010, 02:39 PM   #5
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So why did you tackle this job without the proper tools? What else did you expect? The magic welding fairy to come tack everything up for you?
Easy answer... BECAUSE MY AXLE SNAPPED!

So instead of jumping the gun and replacing the d35, I did some research and found that since I was in that position, I might as well take the smart route and get a beefier axle.

I knew one day would come when I would be ready to try and get everything put together, but with me not being the wealthiest guy out there, I have to take it one day at a time. I finally have most all the money saved up to do it, I just have to get the hard stuff out of the way.


But since you offered yes, please come tack it up for me, matter of fact I found you a nice outfit


lol thanks!
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Old 06-25-2010, 02:46 PM   #6
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I was in the same spot but opted for a replacement D35 because I didn't have the time or skills to do it either. But right now, im being proactive and buying a 8.8 to get ready to swap into my YJ for WHEN the 35 breaks. And im trying to find a front D30 with 4.11's to match.

I'll wear the outfit for you though!
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Old 06-25-2010, 02:56 PM   #7
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I was in the same spot but opted for a replacement D35 because I didn't have the time or skills to do it either. But right now, im being proactive and buying a 8.8 to get ready to swap into my YJ for WHEN the 35 breaks. And im trying to find a front D30 with 4.11's to match.

I'll wear the outfit for you though!
Honestly joey, between just me and you, at one point while I was trying to track down a REASONABLY priced 8.8 with 4.10 gears, I got frustrated, and thought about just going back to the d35. I mean they had made it thru a lot of impressive stuff. But even then, since I am SOA, I would STILL have to cut/weld the perches anyways, so why not just go ahead and get the 8.8?

So I bought the axle, and laid it beside my jeep. It has sit there for a month while I gathered up enough money to buy the driveshaft adapter, new pads, new rotors if I have to, and everything else. If I could just find someone who can help me get the perches swapped around then I think I can get the Jeep in motion within a week, Maybe a couple days.

I know it sounds silly to come to a Forum looking for someone to come by and help, but I am serious in exhausting all ideas on the chance that there is someone out there, who says "Hey, you know what, I can help this guy"

It is a longshot, but you never know!
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F**k man, I don't know what to tell ya. You'll need a grinder, and ALOT of wheels
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Old 06-25-2010, 03:36 PM   #9
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Right on bro. So i take it you bought it with a SOA lift? I really want to but im kind of intimidated by it. Even the 8.8 a little bit. If i knew how to weld i'd be unstopable.
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Old 06-25-2010, 04:00 PM   #10
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Noticed your from NC, why not do what I'm planning to do? Pay a visit to your local community college and sign up for a welding class. You may be able to weld the axle yourself for a graded project. They'll have all the tools you need, plus you learn how to properly use them. Not to mention the oversight of an instructor.

If you dont have the time to take a course yourself, talk to the instructor and see if one of his current students could weld it up for a graded project. They'll still charge you, but it probably wouldn't be as much going to a welding shop.

I took diesel mechanics in high school and they would take in cars and trucks for repair at discounted rates just to get us the experience. Just my .02
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Also see if there is a 4x4 club in your area. join it, and. see if anyone there might be able to weld it up for you or have a buddy etc.
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Old 06-25-2010, 10:15 PM   #12
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Where in NC are you? Try going to NC4×4 | News and Events from the 4×4 Community in the Southeast or Coastal Carolina Offroad there are a lot of guys on there that will help you out. most of them will tell you to grab a 12 pack and they'll come and help. Worth a shot
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Where are you in NC? nc4x4 might be a better option to find anyone, not just jeep guys that can operate a welder. Brad at barnes4xd.com is located in brevard nc and he could prob. help. Another option is Elkin NC Duane at BigJakes Fabrication. bigjakesfab.com

Replacing mine with d44 right now but no welding necessary. Both this guys are real good and fellow wheelers.

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