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06-15-2013 05:19 PM
wasomma Ford 8.8 Axle in YJ
06-07-2013 11:09 PM
OverkillYJ AX15 will cost you about $200-$300 on CL. About $75 for the bellhouse to adapt it, and then about $120 for the clutch kit. You will need your front and rear drive shaft lengths changed, but you need that anyway with 6" of lift if you want it to flex without any problems.

The thing is that the tires arent what kill the AX5 exactly.... The harder you make it to move the Jeep is what makes a difference. 6" of extra height at 65mph makes a big difference. Add big tires and small trans and the trans will give out since nothing else is going to. When you put an AX5 next to an AX15 you will see what I mean. It is like Hercules VS PeeWee Herman.

Take care of your trans and Suspension, then get tires when you have the cash.
06-07-2013 11:09 PM
Wrangler Rider Jeep AX-15 Rebuilt Transmission Trans 5 speed

First and only post in my area. Would that be a good price for a rebuilt?
06-07-2013 11:03 PM
Wrangler Rider Okay. I would go for the AX15 but I need to replace my rear end. and while I got it all apart I figured I just go ahead and do the SOA in the back and then just do an add a leaf up front to level out the lift. I need new tires soon so I don't wanna get 30's or smaller with the AX5 then get the AX15 and want bigger tires. My major concern is swapping the rear end then getting a lift. I might be able to run these tires untill I have money to get the AX15. I know this gonna be a dumb question but AX15 is gonna be pretty expensive right?
06-07-2013 10:49 PM
OverkillYJ NO, SOA will give you about 5.5" on an 8.8 in the rear. So it would be +1/2" shackles in the rear to bring that up level with 6" lift springs in the front by themselves. 31's will kill an AX5 too. Mine was low miles and died with 31's. I rebuilt and killed it again with the same tires. Your biggest problem is the AX5.

Ideally you would just get a 4.0 AX15 or NV3550 combo and drop that in, then lift so your driveshaft are done right the first time. Either way, if you want to go bigger and keep 5th gear you have to swap the trans. Some people dont care though and just drive it with 4th on the highway.
06-07-2013 10:43 PM
Wrangler Rider Alright, I might just go with like 31x12.5's. I'm running 32x11.5's right now and the AX5 seems to handle it okay. The transmission was rebuilt about 500 miles ago maybe running the 32's is why it needed to be rebuilt. But I might just do that SOA in the back then get leaf springs up front for now and run smaller tires. Eventually I want to do SOA all around and convert it to a AX15. But that's down the road once I get all the little stuff fixed. I know I have bigger shackles up front so maybe there big enough to make it look somewhat level with a 6" leaf spring. For the leaf spring I think I have to just do a 180 with the axle and that will allow everything to hook up right. How much is the leaf springs gonna cost me
06-07-2013 09:43 AM
OverkillYJ The front is going to cost you. If I was you I would just get a 4" lift kit. Then you dont have to high steer, or crossover steer. You could also get front 6" lift springs and then do SOA in the back with a 1/2" shackle lift to level it out. That was actually my original plan to avoid spending the cash on the steering in the begining when I got my 8.8, but the prick that sold me my front 6" springs actually had 4" springs. By the time I realized it the rear was done and I had to finish it. It worked out for the better though. Glad the front is SOA and high steered. The high steer makes a huge difference and is actually something you will hardly ever see on modded Jeeps. I smacked my front diff on a stump two weeks ago that would have taken out my tie rod if it was in the stock location.

Either way though you go a bigger problem. Once you are up in the air with that jeep regardless of how you do it, and you are trying to go 60 down the highway with those 32" tires that AX5 is going to kill itself. I did not put on largwer tires when I did my SOA, and I can tell you I lost a lot of speed and power on the highway just from the height difference. I did SOA after I swapped in an AX15 so I my transmission could handle it, but there is no way that AX5 will take it for long in 5th gear.
06-07-2013 08:17 AM
Wrangler Rider I would wait to do it all at once but my concern is that my rear end could give out soon and I don't wanna be stuck without a vehicle. I might just wait honestly. I wasn't thinking the SOA would give that much of a lift. I got about 750 saved up but gotta start making my payments in mid july sos by then I should have enough to do both front and back.
06-06-2013 10:49 PM
Originally Posted by Wrangler Rider View Post
I plan on doing all the labor myself and with the help of a friend. I'm getting the driveshaft from Jeepers Den hopefully once i get the rearened up under and see how long I need then getting the rest of the parts from the same place. I guess I underestimated the process. I figiured all I had to do was take the 8.8 put it up under there get a longer shaft and mount the spring leaf brackets on top of the axle. Clearly I got a lot more work to do. I know me and my friend will be able to do it he's a huge car guy. Could this all be in done in a day? Cause this jeep is also my daily driver.
ROFL! I'm not sure if I'm the only one here thinking this but one day? I wouldn't say it's impossible but Murphy's law will always prevail! And another thing, you plan on driving the Jeep with SOA in the rear and SUA in the front? Well I wish I could find a picture to show you how silly this will look. Let alone that I would advise against driving any vehicle with a 5" (if you currently have a lift it will be more) of lift in the rear and stock height (refer to previous bubble comment) in the front. I suggest you get everything to do it all at once and spend all your free time doing the swap.
06-06-2013 10:20 PM
Wrangler Rider I plan on doing all the labor myself and with the help of a friend. I'm getting the driveshaft from Jeepers Den hopefully once i get the rearened up under and see how long I need then getting the rest of the parts from the same place. I guess I underestimated the process. I figiured all I had to do was take the 8.8 put it up under there get a longer shaft and mount the spring leaf brackets on top of the axle. Clearly I got a lot more work to do. I know me and my friend will be able to do it he's a huge car guy. Could this all be in done in a day? Cause this jeep is also my daily driver.
06-06-2013 12:11 PM
OverkillYJ Yeah if you have a 5 speed 4cyl then rebuilding an AX5 is a waste of time if going over 31" tires. Swap an AX15 in if you want to offroad for real. The $1000 is to do SOA lift, that is just the lift. Perches, Driveshaft, SYE, Steering Solution, Traction bar/crossmember, brake lines. I feel like I am forgetting a couple of things too.

You dont need a new front. If you need a rear then yeah get an 8.8 too.
06-06-2013 11:57 AM
Wrangler Rider Nah I got a 5 speed 4 cyl. 1000$? Is that for front and rear combined? Cause right now I'm really only concerned about getting a new rear end before mine gives out and I figured while I'm replacing it might as well do a SOA
06-06-2013 10:44 AM
OverkillYJ It will cost at minimum $1000 to do an SOA if you find the parts cheap in certain places and make some parts yourself.

I am guessing you have an automatic trans? It doesn't say in your profile.
06-06-2013 10:15 AM
Wrangler Rider I have 32x11.5 timberlane At's on it now and i rub turning sharp. The transmission was rebuilt and has about 500 miles on it and seems to handle the 32's fine. Would I be okay running 32x12.5 goodrich AT's?
06-06-2013 10:12 AM
Wrangler Rider I have longer shackles I don't know how much longer though they came on when I got the jeep. I probably won't go bigger than 33's.
06-06-2013 10:10 AM
Wrangler Rider Okay, I'll keep all that in mind. Hope mine doesn't turn out to cost me more than I'm hoping. Thanks!
06-06-2013 10:09 AM
OverkillYJ So this is an SOA at about +7" with 33's. I also used 1/2" lift shackles in the front to level it out a bit since the tube is thicker on an 8.8. You do not need 35's for SOA. I would rub if I put them on there.
06-06-2013 10:03 AM
OverkillYJ Its a Dana 30 up front. I locked mine with a Spartan. It will handles 33's with no problems at all.

SOA is one of the most complicated ways to lift a YJ. You end up with the best leaf spring setup possible, but it will cost you a lot more time and money. I got about 7"-7.5" of lift since I had a full length leaf added to all my springs and had them re arched.

I also install a high steer kit which cost me about $500 on its own, welded a traction bar and crossmember from scratch, and also spent all the time required setting the angles on my axles, installing SYE, etc...

I also swapped in an AX15 since I have a 4cyl it came with an AX5. AX5 wont handle larger than 31's for long on the highway, 5th gear will turn into nuetral. 35's would totally destroy an AX5 even at slower speeds if you were in 4LOW beating it on a trail for example.

As far as the flange for the 8.8, you would not crossover to a 1310 from a 1330. If you crossover you go bigger, not smaller. You would get a 1350 flange. Also a 1350 SYE yoke, and try to run a strait shaft instead of a CV. Some people do not use CV shafts with SOA. If I kill another CV shaft I will be trying this as well.
06-06-2013 09:46 AM
Wrangler Rider Lol alright. What did the SOA give you in lift size? Do you still have the dana 35 up front?
06-06-2013 09:44 AM
OverkillYJ I am SOA with a 4cyl , 8.8, and 33's. I wouldnt go bigger without a regear. I am 410 and its driveable on the highway, but my friends slow down up hill for me. Lol

I also wouldnt get an 8.8 without 410 + lsd
06-06-2013 09:34 AM
Wrangler Rider Yeah, I plan on doin SOA on front and back but my budget might only let me do the rear at first since I have to get another rear end. But the SOA gives about 5 inches?
06-06-2013 09:15 AM
AllMudd You'll have to get a longer driveshaft, make or get some time of setup to help prevent axle wrap. Also if you do SOA (spring over the axle) you will have to do it to the front as well. Or you will have a really weird looking Jeep with about 5" extra lift in the rear.
06-06-2013 07:43 AM
Wrangler Rider Okay cool. I can probably find a 4wd explorer at the junkyard and get the rear end for about 100 bucks. but when I put it in I'm going to mount the leaf springs up top to give it a bit of a lift. So with that I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to get a longer drive shaft right?

Also I don't plan on going bigger than 34 or 35 goodrich AT maybe 12.5 wide. I plan on getting spacers too if that makes a difference. Would 4.10's run 35x12.5's with out added strain to the motor?
06-05-2013 10:41 PM
banks316 Depends on your budge, tire size, and how you use your jeep. Finding a D35 with 4.10 can be cheap but hard to come by. You also can find an 8.8 with 4.10's. It will get costly if you have to regear an axle if you cant do it your self. Also its common with to be .01 off when doing 4.10 gears it wont affect anything in 4WD. My old powerwagon was 4.09 up front and 4.10 in the rear.
06-05-2013 10:17 PM
Wrangler Rider Okay, I have Dana 35's with 4.10's then. So if I get a rear axle that has 4.11 then I won't have problems in 4wd or anything? And also would you guys recommend getting a 8.8 or finding another dana35 with 4.10's?
06-05-2013 12:16 PM
tigerblood If you have a 2.5l you have 4.10 gears in your stock axles
06-05-2013 01:27 AM
AllMudd I know my 95 2.5l had 4.11 gears before I swapped them out so its probably correct. And if you find an axle with 4.10s you should be ok. That .01 difference you won't notice nor should it affect anything.
06-04-2013 10:28 PM
Wrangler Rider I took a look at my front pumpkin and on the tag it says 4.10 but stock specs for a 95 yj say it comes with the dana 35 which i think has the 3.05's? I don't know if the guy i got it from did a axle swap but the 4wd works so I'm guessing they are both 4.10 gears up front and back. Now I'm stuck between finding another dana 44 with 4.10's or getting the 8.8 and regearing it. I'm still new to the jeep and mechanics of everything so I may not be 100% right on everything.
I appreciate all the info though
06-04-2013 04:17 PM
frayedknot When you get the 8.8, grab the adapter from the Explorer drive shaft. Depending on your setup, I would look for one with the 4.11 L.S. gears. If you have a 4 cyl, you won't have to change the front gears. I did the 8.8, SYE and new driveshafts / front end all at once. Depends on your budget.
06-04-2013 10:53 AM
Wrangler Rider Okay sounds good. Thanks a lot
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