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04-10-2014 06:56 PM
GoldenSahara00 I have all the e brake rebuilt and it still doesn't work. I need new adjustment screws. And to try and adjust them.
04-10-2014 06:17 PM
Wondertwin1 Is all that stuff listed what's needed to make the e brake work properly?
04-10-2014 04:14 PM
Nlburden Due to not finding a d44 for a long long time now ( Canada ).. I just bought a 8.8 from a 98 explorer. has 3.73 Limited slip. My questions is, i plan on doing this relatively cheap because of being a student. However any axle is better then my d35. Here is my first question. out of the list provided can someone tell me what is necessary as in a must?
-TeraFlex Bracket kit Im gonna use Artec truss
-ARB I am gonna use stock Limited Slip/ locked front diff
-U.S. Gears 4.56 going to buy 4.88
As for the rest I do not know what is 100% needed. I have a 5speed 4.0litre TJ

-Master install kit (Timken)
-Crane diff cover
-Napa brake line kit P/N 380528 (x2)
-T-hose NAPA P/N 380889
-ZJ E-brake cables (drivers and passenger side)
Mopar P/N 52008904 & 52008905
NAPA P/N 95342 (right) 95347 (left). (not for YJs)
-Driveshaft adapter: Spicer 2-2-1379
-Flange bolts Ford P/N N800594-S100 (x4)
-'03 TJ Rubicon (w/disc) proportioning valve P/N 5083808AA
-3/16" hard brake line about 40" & 18"
04-09-2014 01:16 PM
GoldenSahara00
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Originally Posted by Wondertwin1 View Post
Mine is artec truss, all new internals except shafts. New brakes. I'm going to paint it. All the other odds and ends. They're only charging me like 4 hours of labor.
I did all my work myself plus added a few things. Must be getting you on the gears install and welding.
04-09-2014 12:16 PM
Wondertwin1 Mine is artec truss, all new internals except shafts. New brakes. I'm going to paint it. All the other odds and ends. They're only charging me like 4 hours of labor.
04-09-2014 09:14 AM
GoldenSahara00
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Originally Posted by Wondertwin1 View Post
Easy or cheap? The 8.8 rebuild is setting me back 2 grand
I had less than that in 8.8 w artec truss w/ all new parts minus gears/shafts, TT, cross member, and arms/driveshaft/sye.

You can do an 8.8 for as cheap as ~500 if you want. Or spend a lot more. A front will never be that cheap and will require a lot more extra beef to fix all the weak links or narrow. There isn't a strong half ton front like the 8.8 that's stock width.
04-09-2014 09:03 AM
Wondertwin1 Easy or cheap? The 8.8 rebuild is setting me back 2 grand
04-09-2014 07:43 AM
98 tj sport
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Originally Posted by GoldenSahara00 View Post
Craigslist/forums. People toss them all the time.
X2 I just sold a matched set of axles with 3.73 for 250 of course the rear was a 35 but still
04-09-2014 07:12 AM
GoldenSahara00 Personally I think a good match for a rear 8.8 is a real hp44 narrowed to take waggy RCVs. Or custom shafts from them. A front 9 setup would work too. This is for 37s. At 35s you polish up a d30. You can make a d30 survive on 37s if you super polish it but wear parts are gona go fast and there will be those freak breaks much more often. You'll likely be looking at ~3k at least to really do 37s right in the front by the time you're done if you're trying to make a half ton axle work and be reliable with steering etc for 37s. Not as easy or cheap as the rear sadly.
04-09-2014 06:50 AM
berggie
8.8

I am also going with 8.8 and would like to know which front axle to use on 1998 TJ.
04-09-2014 04:21 AM
Wondertwin1 I know this is an 8.8 thread. But what is a good matching axle for the front? I thought about ECGS. But just recently found dynatrac's 44. I still haven't figured out the difference between the prorock and trail unlimited. Price is a little steeper but I really want the capability to run 37's if I'm unhappy with 35's. Just want confidence I guess.
04-08-2014 05:26 PM
GoldenSahara00
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Originally Posted by jeepmonkey06 View Post

Where are you located? I know a guy that does gears for $100.
Says Alabama in his profile.

Craigslist axle should still be cheaper than gears install kit and labor.
04-08-2014 03:20 PM
jeepmonkey06
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Originally Posted by CGreen View Post
Well on my 3rd 8.8 now, SMH. The first 2 were junk straight from the get go. 1st one had grenaded carrier bearings and a case full of glitter, the second was bent, Now this one seems good. She is all tacked up and ready for a test fit. It is 3.73 LSD I am going to have to re-gear the front to match. It is currently 3.07. Anybody have any budget minded tips for re-gearing the front. It looks like it is going to cost me dang near $500 to 3.73 the front. All the salvage yards around here want $800+ for a donor D30 already geared 3.73. So that is not a option.
Where are you located? I know a guy that does gears for $100.
04-08-2014 10:11 AM
GoldenSahara00 Craigslist/forums. People toss them all the time.
04-08-2014 09:20 AM
CGreen Well on my 3rd 8.8 now, SMH. The first 2 were junk straight from the get go. 1st one had grenaded carrier bearings and a case full of glitter, the second was bent, Now this one seems good. She is all tacked up and ready for a test fit. It is 3.73 LSD I am going to have to re-gear the front to match. It is currently 3.07. Anybody have any budget minded tips for re-gearing the front. It looks like it is going to cost me dang near $500 to 3.73 the front. All the salvage yards around here want $800+ for a donor D30 already geared 3.73. So that is not a option.
04-06-2014 05:48 PM
GoldenSahara00 If I'm reading your post right id go Ahead and weld as long as you know shocks Etc will clear and bolt up. That was my issue doing it how the directions said. Apparently artec has new shock mounts now tho. They even shipped me them free!
04-06-2014 04:27 PM
hoprocket Tacked all brackets up on Aertec truss and all looks good only thing is that I need to finsh all welding and paint then install gears and shafts . Has anybody had trouble with fitment after tacking truss up .? My jeep is a dayily driver and dont want to take axel out and test fit new . I feel I have been spot on with all mounts . I check mesurements after I tacked them on new axel . Any thoughts ???
04-03-2014 09:53 PM
GoldenSahara00 Mine were in good condition so I don't know what to tell ya.


I would get the arms.

You measured the width wrong or have the wrong axle.
04-03-2014 09:12 PM
juan_p__m Do I really need to get adjustable control arms? the tab is really adding up, I only have an Old Man Emu 2.5" lift.

Also, has anyone compared the width measurements between the dana 35 and the ford 8.8, the beginning of the post is very different from what I got:

Dana 35 61"
Ford 8.8 56 5/8"

I am gona run OEM wheels, and want to know what spacers to buy?
04-03-2014 09:01 PM
hoprocket Yea I sandblasted right thru the ones that came with the axel have all other parts cleaned and painted need some nice ones if possible
04-03-2014 08:36 PM
GoldenSahara00 Don't get rusty ones then. Haha. Just clean Em up and paint.
04-03-2014 08:00 PM
hoprocket Yes I can get them there but I don't want more rusty ones
04-03-2014 07:39 PM
GoldenSahara00 The junkyard. They should all be the same.
04-03-2014 07:29 PM
hoprocket
brake backing plates

Where can I get new backing plates for the 8.8 without ging to ford ? Looked at Dorman but they do not show them for a 97 explorer
03-31-2014 03:39 AM
hoprocket Thanks for photo what I wanted to see hope my parts get here soon .
03-30-2014 08:45 PM
GoldenSahara00 It comes with brackets that go on the axle and your sway bar bolts right up. Might need to trim a little on the housing ear for clearance I think depending. I'll see if I have a pic...

You can see the flat brackets in this pic. It just bolts up right there just like stock.
03-30-2014 07:06 PM
Sheklikak Good question regarding the Artec. That's on my list too
03-30-2014 07:05 PM
Sheklikak A friend of mine had a TJ, ditched the rear sway bar when he lifted it. He didn't have the 8.8 but I don't think it matters.
03-30-2014 05:45 PM
hoprocket Getting started on my 8.8 build and have a question about the rear sway bar . Do I reinstall it and add brackets on it ? My Aretec truss is in transit will it have a place mount bar ? Do I need a rear sway bar ? Do I need a aftermarket sway bar like a Curry and mount to frame or can I ues stock one for a while . This is still my DD with some highway use .
03-27-2014 06:49 PM
jeeperdad1977 I'm running 8.8 and waggy 44 front. Rolling on 37s with 4.56 gears. It does ok on the highway but not low enough on trail. If your still at the option phase I'd go 4.88s. Had them under my last Tj. Just my opinion though
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