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bs250r 10-22-2011 10:29 PM

ford 8.8 explorer rear
I picked up my ford 8.8 rear out of a 1998 explorer today. I had to remove it myself but only cost me $100. Looks pretty good and the brakes look new too. I am going to put this in my yj and have read all of the 8.8 builds I could find. Here is the list of what I need to get yet. If you have any better...cheaper options please chime in. thanks

1998 ford explorer 8.8 rear $100

G2 diff cover $109

G2 4.88 ring and pinoin $174 to match front d30

rough stuff mounting kit $120
for ford 8.8

Locker not sure what to get yet maybe a spartan locker $300

MORE ebrake cables from jeep to ford rear $133

I have guy to put the rear toghether once I get all the parts. Any info before I order would be appreciated. thanks

4Jeepn 10-22-2011 10:34 PM

You might want to go with a full case locker, as supposedly the carrier is weak and prone to cracking with a lunch box locker.

IndyJeepMan 10-22-2011 11:44 PM

I just pulled a 3.73 LSD 8.8 today from a 95' :)

Three things on that list.. Well maybe even 4 that id personally change.

For the gears id go with a Motive Gear 4.88 RP save like $50 bucks.

For the brackets I would go with Artec Industries with truss, helps with tube spin and bending, but costs close to $400. Its what I have ordered!

G2 cover, id personally go with a Riddler if you can make it work, or a solid diff cover. Around the same price.

Then last, get the zj e brake cables that will work instead of spending $100+ itll be much cheaper, but a little more labor.

And like 4jeepn said, a full case locker would be ideal.

bs250r 10-23-2011 12:03 AM

I looked on the Artec site and only saw one for a tj, their stuff looks really nice though. I will have to check out their other stuff. thanks

When I removed the rear end I just cut the drive shaft in half just in front of the u joint with a sawzall. Since I still have the flange can I just run a adapter u joint? Or do I need a special flange. thanks

billytheyj 10-23-2011 01:51 AM

I may be wrong but I don't think there is an adapter ujoint. There is a flange adapter that you will need so it will mate up with your drive shaft. More or east coast gear supply should have it.

TJe0454 10-23-2011 08:39 AM

subscribed. looking at the artic industries truss too. its $280

IndyJeepMan 10-23-2011 10:08 AM

I will be posting pictures of my artec truss system when it comes in and gets welded on :) I was going to do a flange adapter but since im doing a cv shaft anyways, ill just get one made to fit the 1310 u joint.

pwfoster281 10-23-2011 10:09 PM

does anybody know the bolt pattern on the explorer 8.8

yj93ben 10-23-2011 10:18 PM


Originally Posted by pwfoster281 (Post 1685347)
does anybody know the bolt pattern on the explorer 8.8

Same as a YJ, TJ and XJ. 5 on 4.5".:thumb:

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