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jcol 11-11-2012 02:57 PM

Ford 8.8 build
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I scored an 8.8 at the junkyard for 200 with a 3.73 limited slip. Here's the work so far.

dezertrat84 11-11-2012 03:18 PM

Sweet..what's the plans...what is it going on.

jcol 11-11-2012 03:26 PM

It's going on my 98 TJ my d35 blew up so I went out and scored this 8.8. My plans are leaving the internals the same. On a tight budget. Basically just throw the brackets on get some breaks and bolt it up

dezertrat84 11-11-2012 03:30 PM bad you didn't get one out of an explorer....disk brakes...

jcol 11-11-2012 03:32 PM

I did it has the discs

dezertrat84 11-11-2012 03:37 PM

Oh...i didn't see that...that's gonna be a nice upgrade.

I've got d44 with limited slip but with drums.I'm not sure if i want to do a disk conversion or go with what you just got. Sounds like your 200 dollar 8.8 would be cheaper...keep track of how much it cost till you done.

vballspen 11-11-2012 04:34 PM

Crazy my buddy just had his spider gears explode in his d35 and bought a 8.8 with the exact same set up for 100. Brackets, brakes, and install is putting him some where in the range of 800.

Thought he was going to be the only stock tj with an 8.8 in the rear.

do you already have 3.73 in the front?

dezertrat84 11-11-2012 05:09 PM

Yes...d30 up front d44 in the rear 3: 73

dezertrat84 11-11-2012 05:11 PM

Junk yards usually have half off day.that's what I'm waiting for.

jcol 11-11-2012 05:28 PM

Yea I got 373 in the front too. I'm not totally stock I've got a rough country 2.5 in lift but as far as car projects go this is by far the most in depth one I have ever taken on. I cut everything off and grinded it up pretty good today Dropped out the d35 yesterday. I'm waiting for some more cash to come in before I can score the brackets and brakes. I'm in college so money is extremely tight.

jcol 11-12-2012 03:35 PM

Not really sure how to do hard brake lines on the 8.8 or where to get cheap calipers any ideas?

beaureed445 11-12-2012 03:41 PM

I just found an 8.8 for sale here for $175. Owner has already cut off all stock brackets, ready to weld on new ones. Came out of an '00 Explorer. I'm seriously thinking about making the swap.

jcol 11-12-2012 03:44 PM

Go for it man. It's a fun swap. So far

Dextreme 11-12-2012 03:45 PM


Originally Posted by jcol (Post 2983227)
I'm in college so money is extremely tight.

Hey, I am working full time, married with two kids with a mortgage...graduated from College 20 years is extremely tight. LOL

jcol 11-12-2012 04:01 PM

Hahah at least you're working buddy I can barely get 20 hours a week but hey nobody's life is easy so ill quit bitching

Derp 11-12-2012 04:08 PM

I'm in the same boat. My company is cutting hours and I'm fighting to tread water. Lifes not easy but we all have to use that as motivation.

richsipe 11-12-2012 04:13 PM

Awesome, good luck. Will keep an eye on your progress. Let us know when you are heading down the road again how much it ended up running you. I have a D35 with a Detroit Locker, Lift, and 33's so the time bomb is ticking. Just trying to figure out how much to save!

jcol 11-12-2012 04:45 PM


Originally Posted by Derp
I'm in the same boat. My company is cutting hours and I'm fighting to tread water. Lifes not easy but we all have to use that as motivation.

Amen to that brother

dezertrat84 11-12-2012 06:06 PM

^^^^^^welcome to life......

sjones26573 11-12-2012 07:48 PM

Nice choice. I'm building an 8.8 at the moment as well, also a Waggy 44, with chromo shafts and 3-linked front suspension, with both axles trussed turning Hutchinson beadlocks with 37" MTZ's. That's the plan anyway.

jcol 11-12-2012 07:50 PM

Haha your plan sounds amazing, hope it goes well

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