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01-22-2011 07:41 PM
SurfNaked2010 i need to learn how to weld lol i wanna build an 8.8 for my tj
01-21-2011 11:31 PM
ipath68 Did you ever finish it?
12-19-2010 05:17 AM
valex76x Hi cousins Jeepers from USA !
I live in Amsterdam (The Netherlands).
It is a lot of time that I follow all the nice threads in this wonderful website!
I have a 97 TJ 4.0 and I found a nice 8.8 from a 98 Explorer.
My question is this:
I have the LPG tank under the car in the back of the Dana 35 Axle.
Now there are 95 mm (3.74" 3" 3/4) between the cover and the tank.
Is there enough space for the 8.8?
I've already a 2.5" OME lift and I'm planning to put a 1" Body lift.

Thank you!
02-09-2010 04:36 PM
Bignuke Enough fighting ladies... How is this build going.. After a year??
03-07-2009 07:24 PM
jeepjeep in my garage with lots on light/cement floor oh and its 80 degree's. i couldn't get anything done today cause i was wave jumping in the ocean, lol.
03-07-2009 04:26 PM
64panhead
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Originally Posted by flattietj View Post
just for fun i would like to mention that when i swapped an 8.8 into my tj it took a little over 6 hours to mock up the axle...put on a lift kit and drive home.....quit slacking
i didnt say it was taking hours and days to do, its just that im almost in canada and its so fuggin cold up here and i dont have any heat in garage or even a cement floor in there, when i work on it its only like an hour or so at a time then the hands get cold and i say and stop for the day, what kind of shop do you have and what is the climate like where you did yours
03-07-2009 10:40 AM
NalinMFG
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Originally Posted by flattietj View Post
just for fun i would like to mention that when i swapped an 8.8 into my tj it took a little over 6 hours to mock up the axle...put on a lift kit and drive home.....quit slacking
its not fun unless something goes wrong
03-07-2009 10:05 AM
4point
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Originally Posted by flattietj View Post
just for fun i would like to mention that when i swapped an 8.8 into my tj it took a little over 6 hours to mock up the axle...put on a lift kit and drive home.....quit slacking
Thats because you have "super jeep powers"..............

You're awesome
03-06-2009 11:52 PM
flattietj just for fun i would like to mention that when i swapped an 8.8 into my tj it took a little over 6 hours to mock up the axle...put on a lift kit and drive home.....quit slacking
03-06-2009 03:36 PM
64panhead well after a long time away im back, i had a lot going on
02-06-2009 10:02 PM
flattietj
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Originally Posted by 64panhead View Post
a truss stringthens the entire assemblyi dont have anypics yet of mine google a search for axle trusses and you will see. they are very usefull for mounting things to like link suspentions steering assist rams and are almost a nessesity for swaping anything into a tj other than a factory 30 or 44. as far as yours goes you can swap a 8.8 into a yj in a weekend im not kidding

just to add....trusses are especially good to add to an 8.8 install b/c the axle tubes are known for twisting in the housing where the welds break loose...the truss will tie both axle tubes and the housing together
02-06-2009 08:28 PM
64panhead just piced up all my brake stuff for the 8.8 and ordered a rokmen riddler diff cover
01-17-2009 09:50 AM
64panhead sorry bout no updates but its been around -20f forthe past week and i dont have any heat other than a space heater in the garage so it makes it kinda hard. anyways it got up to 9f today so i hope to be able to go out and do something to it
12-29-2008 06:17 PM
Felsengleiskette let's see the candy! where you at now?
12-21-2008 09:50 AM
64panhead just an update i got another lower link done last night, it was negative 4 so i got that done and said thats enough
12-15-2008 03:09 PM
GrnTJ
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Originally Posted by 64panhead View Post
it was -19f today and its been below 0f for the past week and i dont have heat in my garage so needless to say i havent got much done
Thats why you do like I did and get a torpedo heater and set it right next to where your working. I got my front axle ripped down and the locking collar on my ARB drilled and fixed back up and put all back together in 2 hours. That was after encountering a problem I hadnt expected tooYou need a heater and some motivation and you'll be rollin before ya know it!
12-15-2008 01:30 AM
1BLKJP
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Originally Posted by Felsengleiskette View Post
well i plan on putting a ram assist steering so i'll have to truss the front?
No, for ram assist you really won't need a truss up front. It's not going to put enough pressure on your tubes to start bending them. Now full hydro is a different story.
12-14-2008 11:31 AM
Felsengleiskette well i plan on putting a ram assist steering so i'll have to truss the front?
12-14-2008 07:45 AM
64panhead a truss stringthens the entire assemblyi dont have anypics yet of mine google a search for axle trusses and you will see. they are very usefull for mounting things to like link suspentions steering assist rams and are almost a nessesity for swaping anything into a tj other than a factory 30 or 44. as far as yours goes you can swap a 8.8 into a yj in a weekend im not kidding
12-14-2008 12:04 AM
Felsengleiskette this is a sweet thread. nice job! i'll have 2 fly ya out to michigan to help w/ my 8.8!lol. but i must admit i have no clue what a truss is (other than in construction) are they good to have on all platforms? like my leaf sprung sua set-up? what do they do?
12-13-2008 07:39 PM
jpdocdave me to brotha, hard to get that motivated.
12-13-2008 07:08 PM
64panhead it was -19f today and its been below 0f for the past week and i dont have heat in my garage so needless to say i havent got much done
12-07-2008 08:03 PM
64panhead i will pick up the new spool tomorrow along with an exchange on the oxygen tank, then i will get working on the lower link brackets
12-07-2008 07:09 PM
GrnTJ Keep it up dude, this thing is gonna be awesome when your done! Nice work with the jig, gonna make things way easier on you for bracket placement. Hope you get that other spool of wire soon so you can get it finished and provide more pics
12-07-2008 06:08 PM
64panhead update on my project. the other day i got all measurements and pinion angle. so i cut off all the brackets and moved my jig over to my new axle centered it and started on the shock mounts. let me tell you that the d35 is a tiny thing compared to the 8.8, it took some fitting back and forth between the torches and grinder to get them square but in the end the bolts slide threw like nothing now. here are a couple of pics of the brackets and the jig. the right side is done but then i ran out of wire and couldnt finnish the left. funny thing is i have a new 10lb spool in the box at my dads shop.







12-01-2008 10:42 AM
flattietj i posted up a long time ago on this about the disc brake rearends and i probably agree wiht you on the discs since the 8.8 disc brakes are a joke.....the pads are only like 1.5"s wide....ive had much better braking out of my ford 9" drums
11-28-2008 10:20 PM
64panhead tonight i got the old dana 35 on the bench to start building the jig to relocate the link brackets to the ford 8.8. i made the jig out of 1/2in rebar and 5/16in rod with pipe for the link locations. the first pic is a little fuzzy but it overall turned out good. let me know what you think









11-21-2008 09:29 PM
64panhead its been real cold up here in almost friggin canada but with the help of a fuel oil space heater and a propane powered jet heater, i was able to get the old axle out of my jeep you know its funny how easily a jeep will sh!t a dana 35 out the back. it took exactly an hout to get it out. here is a couple of pics.





anyone need a rustys offroad skid for a dana 35




11-12-2008 05:31 AM
64panhead i did use a torch on it to pre heat the assembly before i welded it
11-11-2008 11:25 PM
1BLKJP
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Originally Posted by jpdocdave View Post
i'm curious how those tube welds hold, i thought you had to heli arc those.
Welding cast to steel isn't that hard. You just have to make sure that you get both materials to the same temperature before and after you weld them and then let them cool naturally. An oven is best for this, but using a torch on both surfaces to heat them up before and after the weld will help the actual weld bond better. It's really getting all of the moisture out of the cast that is the important part of this process.

Tacking the tubes on an 8.8 is always a good idea. I have have actually seen a tube spin in one.
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