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11-24-2014 02:11 PM
DeadEyeAkc Thanks! New to all this, learning as much as I can before I get a jeep in a few months
11-24-2014 02:00 PM
GoldenSahara00
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Originally Posted by DeadEyeAkc View Post
So I've got a question for you Jeep geniuses. I see everyone swap out the stock D35 or D44 rear end because it is too weak for running 35"+ tires. Does anyone swap out their front axle? I figure the front is a D30 so that would mean it is weaker than the rear wouldn't it? Could you maybe take the axle from the rear that you swapped out and stick it in the front? Just a question, I honestly don't know what I'm talking about, just going with the info I have read in my last couple days skimming through the forum.
D30 is stronger than the d35, you can't swap them either.
11-24-2014 01:52 PM
DeadEyeAkc So I've got a question for you Jeep geniuses. I see everyone swap out the stock D35 or D44 rear end because it is too weak for running 35"+ tires. Does anyone swap out their front axle? I figure the front is a D30 so that would mean it is weaker than the rear wouldn't it? Could you maybe take the axle from the rear that you swapped out and stick it in the front? Just a question, I honestly don't know what I'm talking about, just going with the info I have read in my last couple days skimming through the forum.
11-20-2014 05:29 PM
Ryan Angela My first thought, why would someone go that far with it, and then decide to walk away from it? Did he discover something that scared him? Did he botch the bracket placement? Just something to think about.
I got my 8.8 from a small used car dealership my wife works at. They send explorers to the scrap yard several times a year. Few bucks for the mech apprentice to cut it out for me. Make friends with a service manager near you and let him know what you're looking for.
11-20-2014 02:29 PM
sakicnut
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Originally Posted by Medixtj01 View Post
I've been lookin in Craigslist and this is all I have found. What do you think about it? Or should I go to a junkyard and try to find one? (Haven't done that yet). https://harrisburg.craigslist.org/pts/4753099240.html
Seems like a good buy, just make sure your gear ratio matches. I'd try and talk him down to $500. Make sure the tubes aren't bent
11-20-2014 10:55 AM
Medixtj01 I've been lookin in Craigslist and this is all I have found. What do you think about it? Or should I go to a junkyard and try to find one? (Haven't done that yet).

https://harrisburg.craigslist.org/pts/4753099240.html
10-23-2014 05:14 PM
hoprocket First oil change on new 8.8 today . So far the first 500 miles on this thing is fricken cool real happy with the work I did
10-23-2014 02:41 PM
Jaxon1023 Nice looks great!
10-22-2014 05:13 PM
Digger84 Looks great thanks for sharing
10-22-2014 04:47 PM
Martin_N Finished!!

Ford 8.8 when I bought it:



Ford 8.8 when I was finished with it



Installed under the Jeep:



The 8.8 having different gear ratio, needed to do something abt the front end as well. Since it was cheaper to simply swap the entire axle rather than regearing, I decided to look for a used Dana 30 with right ratio. Found a XJ HP one

HP Dana 30 when I bought it:



When I was finished with it:



During install:



Done :



Happy Jeep:



For somebody who really doesn't know much abt Jeeps or cars in general.....I think I can be pretty proud on the work done & the result
10-11-2014 10:21 PM
Jaxon1023 Threw on a riddler diff cover
10-08-2014 07:29 AM
O_M_Jeep If you read the thread there are a few answers to this question.
10-07-2014 06:06 PM
hoprocket Thanks will stay with 80/90 w and change at 500 miles
10-07-2014 12:59 AM
Jaxon1023 GEAR OIL: THESE AXLES ARE SHIPPED WITH ASSEMBLY LUBE ONLY. FAILURE TO ADD GEAR OIL WILL CAUSE IMMEDIATE FAILURE AND BE VERY EVIDENT. ALWAYS FILL FROM FACTORY FILL HOLE NOT AFTERMARKET COVER FILL HOLE. We recommend Lucas 85w/140 gear oil, Lucas 80w/90 gear oil is also acceptable. We do not recommend synthetic fluids. IF you have a factory limited slip or any clutch style limited slip a limited slip additive will need to be added. TRANS-X makes a good additive that is available at any auto parts store and we also have it available for purchase.
10-07-2014 12:58 AM
Jaxon1023 500 miles and I read on ECGS that synthetic gets to thin with heat
10-06-2014 05:15 PM
Ryan Angela
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Originally Posted by hoprocket View Post
Ryan I will try and get a better photo of my axles cables after it stops raining to show you where mine are
Thanks! I'm actually heading home now to take another stab at it.
10-06-2014 05:12 PM
hoprocket Ryan I will try and get a better photo of my axles cables after it stops raining to show you where mine are
10-06-2014 05:07 PM
hoprocket Just finish install of my 8.8 and love it . Went in so easy and braking is better . One question how long or how many miles should I let it go before first oil change in rear end ?? I thought I read 500 miles and is it worth it to go with synthetic oil ??

10-03-2014 10:50 PM
Ryan Angela Hoping someone can help me out here. I'm getting ready to install my ZJ parking brake cables, and I cant seem to find the route. Does anyone have a pic of their completed set up showing the cable route?
10-03-2014 10:31 AM
Ryan Angela Absolutely. Just about all the information you'll need starts on the first page of this very thread. It's a lot to take in, don't rush through.
10-03-2014 10:22 AM
8505jeeper Is there anything you should look for when considering buying an 8.8 axle? I've found some pretty cheap but I'm new to this so I'm not exactly sure what to look for.
09-30-2014 07:11 AM
Martin_N After a lot of work mine is ready to go under the Jeep

After purchase:



And how it looks now:



Hope to pick it up in few days with the new axle installed and all checks needed for road legal use done.

Can't wait
09-27-2014 11:17 PM
Stephen Taylor Awesome thanks. I'll be starting this project shortly and I'll have pics of the build and the finished project.
09-27-2014 09:29 PM
Ryan Angela That's the same set up I recently finished. Fits well. The 8.8 is slightly narrower than the d35 it replaced, but I already had wheel spacers. The only questionable area on mine, in terms of fitment, is the Ruffstuff diff cover. At full or near full bump, it rubs my gas tank skid very slightly. It's only enough to rub the dirt off, but I haven't got serious with it yet either.
My e-brake cables, that's what I'm struggling with right now. I have ordered a set of ZJ cables, I'll see what I can make of it when they show up.
09-27-2014 08:11 PM
Stephen Taylor I now have my ford 8.8 and I'm looking into a truss kit with all the needed brackets. I am currently using the RC 2" lift and my goal
Is to run a 33" tire with my existing lift an flat tubed steel fenders. With the 8.8 with the truss kit fit with only a 2" lift?
09-17-2014 06:28 AM
Jaxon1023 Mine worked perfect
09-14-2014 09:56 PM
GoldenSahara00 They are pretty darn long. I had no issues with 3"
09-14-2014 09:51 PM
O_M_Jeep I'm curious if the e-brake cables will work with a 4"+ lift
09-14-2014 09:25 PM
Jaxon1023 Yep that's it
09-14-2014 08:06 PM
O_M_Jeep
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Originally Posted by Wondertwin1 View Post
Are there any brake kits out there to replace the old junkyard lines and hoses with? The old line doesn't mesh up well with my artec truss.
The kit I'm linking and posting the site pic of is Artec truss specific.

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Originally Posted by Jaxon1023 View Post
How you coming on yours? I got the brake line kit from ECGS
This kit?


Link to the kit
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