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06-10-2013 04:40 PM
Zdrisko I just very recently picked up a 97 exploder. Runs and drives, came with an extra misc axle for $380. Planning for the 8.8 swap as well. Glad to have found this thread.
Is anything else used from explorers? Front axle? Ebrake cables? It'd be silly beefing up the rear and not the front.

Apologies, I don't mean to thread-jack
06-10-2013 04:07 PM
mikemounlio OK so i found another 8.8. This time its still in the mercury mountaineer. It is the 3L73. It has disk brakes. The diff cover looks like it has not been taken off. Does not look to be leaky. The guy want 150$ for it.

I am thinking about the Artec truss kit as far as brackets goes that is.


What else do i need to look into?
04-15-2013 04:51 PM
SteelBlue44 Im in the middle of my 8.8 build now. I got lucky a buddy of mine told me he would weld in my Artec truss and brackets for a 6 pack
04-15-2013 03:55 PM
freeskier
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Originally Posted by mikemounlio View Post
I have made up my mind to just go with Dana 44 when the time comes. I am good at welding but have never had to trust my life with my welds. So to do the 8.8 swap would in the end be as much as a bolt in 44. Local jeep place said 1000$ for a bolt in d44 with matching gears (front or rear). So 2000$ in total and i would have my stock parts for spare.

Is that a good deal?
Have a little faith in yourself. I obviously practiced a lot beforehand, but my first time ever welding was the Artec truss for my 8.8.
04-15-2013 03:47 PM
mikemounlio I like the tack idea. I know a good welder also. I guess it comes down to what is there at the time. Ill have to rice a full weld up tho.
04-15-2013 03:36 PM
Kssig1 I recently did the 8.8 swap using the Artec kit. It made it so easy to find the correct mounting points. I found a good 8.8 out of a 2001 Explorer with tru-trac and 3.73 gears. The guy at the yard agreed to just trade me my old TJ rear end for the 8.8 and ZJ brake cables straight across. TJ rear ends are going for way more in my area than the 8.8 even though my D35 had open diff and 3.07 gears. We both got a great deal. I agree with just tacking your mounts in place and taking to a shop to get welded if you are not comfortable with your ability. After reading all these forums and gettting all my parts together it was way easier than I thought it would be. Cutting the old brackets off the biggest pain for me.
04-15-2013 03:16 PM
redrockerfan
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I am not ready to do the swap by far. The guy might trade me a ford 8.8 with 3.73 limited slip and a 3.55. Thats all i know at this point.

The items i might trade are junk to me. Should i do the trade (ill know more about the 8.8's soon and will update)?
Look on the tag, if theres numbers 7.5 pass if theres numbers 8.8. get it. heres a pic to go off of. The 8.8 will handel 35" tires. the swap not that bad. the 8.8 is as strong as a Dana 44. Im doing a swap into my YJ and Ill have $600 into it after im done.
04-15-2013 03:09 PM
mikemounlio I would really like a simple bolt in kit. ALl i want to do is run 35" at some point. So i would think a d44 could handle 35". If not i could beef up the 44 a bit.
04-15-2013 03:01 PM
Jad4271 oh...if your worried about the welding part of it just tack all the brackets where they need to be and bring it to a good welder and have them burn them in.
04-15-2013 03:00 PM
Jad4271 I bought a nine inch from a 79 Bronco, had it shortened to 61 inches, added a Tru Trak diff, new bearings, seals etc, and brackets for my TJ for around $1200. Why not go that route? All you need on top of that is axles and you can sometimes have the oem ones trimmed down or you need to get Currie axles. The drum brakes that came with the housing work great and are a huge improvement over the stock TJ.
04-15-2013 02:03 PM
mikemounlio I have made up my mind to just go with Dana 44 when the time comes. I am good at welding but have never had to trust my life with my welds. So to do the 8.8 swap would in the end be as much as a bolt in 44. Local jeep place said 1000$ for a bolt in d44 with matching gears (front or rear). So 2000$ in total and i would have my stock parts for spare.

Is that a good deal?
04-09-2013 06:24 PM
Cons_Table
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Originally Posted by Big Sarge View Post
As long as it is out of an explorer!
Or a mountaineer

95-01 are the best axles.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/are-...wap-92569.html
04-09-2013 06:18 PM
mikemounlio Good to know ill ask. Thanks
04-09-2013 06:16 PM
Big Sarge As long as it is out of an explorer!
04-09-2013 06:14 PM
mikemounlio
8.8 rear found need help now

I am not ready to do the swap by far. The guy might trade me a ford 8.8 with 3.73 limited slip and a 3.55. Thats all i know at this point.

The items i might trade are junk to me. Should i do the trade (ill know more about the 8.8's soon and will update)?

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