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09-30-2014 06:11 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 10:17 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 08:29 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 07:11 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 05:28 AM
Jaxon1023 Mine worked perfect
09-14-2014 08:56 PM
GoldenSahara00 They are pretty darn long. I had no issues with 3"
09-14-2014 08:51 PM
O_M_Jeep I'm curious if the e-brake cables will work with a 4"+ lift
09-14-2014 08:25 PM
Jaxon1023 Yep that's it
09-14-2014 07:06 PM
O_M_Jeep
Quote:
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
09-14-2014 06:15 PM
Jaxon1023
Quote:
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.
How you coming on yours? I got the brake line kit from ECGS
09-14-2014 06:14 PM
Jaxon1023 Got mine all welded up with 4.88 Yukon gears and spartan locker.

08-06-2014 10:31 PM
Sheklikak I guess I didn't know the answer
08-06-2014 10:25 PM
GoldenSahara00 Plug the stock hole with weld. Drill and tap a hole on top of the diff and screw the old breather plug in.

Yes you will notice it. Add a taller coil or spacer to the front or add some weight to the rear in the form of a bumper or tool box. Or lighten the front somehow to help.
08-06-2014 03:17 PM
Sheklikak I already know how I sound, spazzy, but I'll ask anyway. Just some background; I wheeled with a D30/35 set up on 31's. A rougher trail than anticipated resulted in my TJ being towed home. It was just a bent main in the TC, but one thing lead to another and about 8k later I have several mods including the Ford 8.8. One special thing that I noticed is that the jeep sits like a 70's hot rod, all jacked up in the back.

Now I know that the 8.8 sits the frame about 5/8" to 3/4" higher (depending on who you talk to) but I feel my 6yr old RC budget lift springs are sagging. I was thinking 3.5" MC dual rate springs for it's smooth ride and I don't want to add a coil spacer to equal the jeep out.

My question is (and I think I already know the answer) will I really notice the slightly higher back end?
08-06-2014 03:14 PM
obidya Probably a dumb question but.... I've been lurking here but am finally starting to fully assemble my own 8.8 for the install.
When lining up the truss kit we had to block the stock breather. Is there a preferred size or location for that or is it just as simple as a hole I can run a tube to? What about some of the "not used by a TJ" bolt holes on the top of the pumpkin, can I just drill that out and run a 1/4"npt there?
07-29-2014 06:39 AM
GoldenSahara00 Ecgs
07-29-2014 01:34 AM
Wondertwin1 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.
07-24-2014 04:56 AM
GoldenSahara00 Zero issues for me... But my exhaust dumps out under the pass door. Ran a new cat and high clearance muffler (hush power II) for the tummy tuck and gave me a ton of room. I feel confident however that I could have run it to the stock location.

I wouldn't change diameter but run a smaller muffler if you still have the stock one. The diff offset is very little and honestly I don't think you'll have an issue.
07-23-2014 09:17 PM
O_M_Jeep Wow, about 75 minutes to read this whole thread, I'm surprised at how many people ask questions that are answered several times in preceding pages, anyway, I just got my 8.8, out of a '99 Exploder, and it was clean and and a nice axle to start with.

I have wheeled my Š-35c very hard over the years, alloy shafts, Superior truss, Tru-Trac, 4.88s, and 33"s. It's worked so well for years, never an issue, but lately I find myself, late at night, to my shame, on TireRack and 4WD and other sites stealing looks and pricing 35"s and 37"s. So the Š-35c has to go, a sad day, but I'll sell all but the housing and brakes to someone who is making a trail capable DD.

I'm planning to do a ton of work on this install, Tru-Trac again (I love it where I live, snow & ice 9 months a year), truss, triangulated 4-link, air-shocks (coil-less coil-overs), fuel cell and back half.

I'm curious about just one thing (to start with anyway), I'm reading the off-set is not a huge deal, Stu Olsen covers it very well, a brazillion thanks to Stu and his contributers, but I'm wondering if I should relocate the exhaust and maybe change to a smaller diameter muffler to avoid any interference, I only saw one person post in here that the u-joint was rubbing the muffler, but I hate to find out at the last minute.

I am planning long arms and a small stretch, maybe out to 100", so I think that will solve the proximity issue (if any). Has anyone noticed any problems with the 8.8 housing being off-center?

Thanks for the input.

This is what I found delivered to my house one day, $250 for a complete assembly.
07-10-2014 06:30 AM
Digger84 Any grease use quite sparing because you don't want in on friction surfaces

Moving points that could use grease on a drum brake

Threads in auto adjuster
Pivot point of each shoe
Inner cable to lubricate it where it slide against the housing it slides in
07-10-2014 03:13 AM
Martin_N Ok so I got the 8.8 disassembled now, cleaned up and ready to go to shop this Saturday where they will weld the new Artec brackets and truss on.

Meantime I'm working on the brakes. I'm rebuilding the emergency brake and to do so have purchased a kit with new brake shoes and a kit with new springs etc.

Now the kit with the springs also includes a bit of 'white lithium grease'. Does anybody know what I am supposed to do with this grease / where to apply it??

Thanks,
Martin

Ps. when I began with this project I was really affraid it would be too difficult for my limited skills, but learning a lot along the way and the feeling of satisfaction will be awesome once the 8.8 is under my TJ
06-28-2014 03:00 AM
Martin_N Ok thanks. Indeed does not seem very difficult....will just pull the shafts then.

First need to make some decisions on my final set-up of the drive-line....right now running dropped t-case without SYE / double cardan shaft. If I want the shop to weld the brackets correctly I do need to figure out first what I will do.....normal SYE, super short SYE, stick to stock skid plate or flat one...

It never stops does it? :-p
06-24-2014 01:42 AM
fthwsrthu Just to be clear...this isnt mine. I came across it on another site and felt that it should be passed along. Either way, it looked like it had just about every answer to the questions that are frequently asked.
06-22-2014 10:31 PM
GoldenSahara00 You can but its super hard. Crack the cover, drain it. And then pull the c clips and shafts. It's very easy. You need to undo the springs and stuff holding the e brake together and then you can unbolt the bolts holding the dust shields on.
06-22-2014 06:56 AM
Martin_N Probably simple question.... Trying to figure out how to disassemble the 8.8. I got the brake calipers and brake discs of but bit stuck now. Do I need to take out the axle shafts in order to get the dust shield, emergency brake etc? Or can I get all this stuff off (and cleaned up / rebuild where needed) without taking the axle shaft out (which I'd prefer)

The only bolts I can reach right now are the 4 bolts on each side at the very end of the axle tube, but all of them are really stuck. Not sure what part(s) will come off in case I do manage to unbolt these?
06-18-2014 07:16 PM
GoldenSahara00 The LCAs sway bar mounts and shocks are all independent but they have good instructions on how to set them up.
06-18-2014 02:37 PM
Ryan Angela Good info, thanks. The impression I got was that once the truss was set, everything else is a no brainer. I should know better than that by now though.
06-17-2014 04:40 PM
juan_p__m
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Originally Posted by Ryan Angela View Post
Can you elaborate on the "mistake?" As soon as I hear back from the shop that's assessing my 8.8, I'll be ordering the artec truss kit. Glad to hear it's running smooth for you, interesting about the brakes though. Did you stick with what's on there?
I was having a buddy welding the truss hour away from my jeep, I made a mistake with the lower control brackets, welded them through left to right, had to cut them off, but the guys at Artec will not sell you replacements from the kit, will sell you only generic, which I had to gring , test, grind, test, and get adjustable control arms. Artec great product, lousy customer assistance.

As for the brakes, I stuck with what came in the 8.8, but I suspect the calipers might be sticking as I now hear a swush sound as the brakes getting hung up, goes away when I step on the brake pedal.
06-17-2014 02:42 PM
Ryan Angela
Quote:
Originally Posted by juan_p__m View Post
just got the tj back on the road, swapped dana 30 for a high pinion from Cherokee, the 8.8 with artec truss (DO NOT MAKE A MISTAKE WITH THE ARTEC, MISERABLE EXPERIENCE) drives straight, no vibrations, but very mushi brakes, bleed it several times, calipers in the correct position, but no matter how hard I step on the pedal, the brakes will not lock up. Pedal is had, does not feel mushi, but not very soft stopping.
Can you elaborate on the "mistake?" As soon as I hear back from the shop that's assessing my 8.8, I'll be ordering the artec truss kit. Glad to hear it's running smooth for you, interesting about the brakes though. Did you stick with what's on there?
06-17-2014 02:01 PM
juan_p__m
brakes...

just got the tj back on the road, swapped dana 30 for a high pinion from Cherokee, the 8.8 with artec truss (DO NOT MAKE A MISTAKE WITH THE ARTEC, MISERABLE EXPERIENCE) drives straight, no vibrations, but very mushi brakes, bleed it several times, calipers in the correct position, but no matter how hard I step on the pedal, the brakes will not lock up. Pedal is had, does not feel mushi, but not very soft stopping.
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