Three times the strength and if you pick the right year disc brakes.
If you lift and put bigger tires on it you have outclassed the Dana 35. The stick axles is real good don't get me wrong and we have this thread regularly. I have not broken mine but just finishing my swap.
When you get the two side by side you will instantly see the difference.
08-22-2013 08:40 PM
I want to swap my d35 out but I can't justify it since I dumped so much into it. Just a FYI, don't try to pop the clutch to do a burnout at 2500 rpm on pavement with 33's lol it will break something. So far I have replaced complete carrier with spiders and now after a burnout in the gravel, a ring and pinion gear. I should have just done it before dumping any cash in it.
08-22-2013 08:57 PM
The 8.8 is stronger even than the D44. It's (almost) the same width as the D35, so it's a basic swap with some minor welding. Same wheel bolt pattern too, no adaptors needed to keep your rims. Plus, you can get them with disk brakes, a good upgrade when you run bigger meats. Parts are everywhere for them. They also come in a variety of R&P sizes, so you can maintain your gear ratio without swapping out the front axle R&P.
I just picked up one last week after shopping for months. I'm excited to get it ready because it's necessary for the plans I have for my Jeep down the road. The D35 has already failed me on several occasions, I don't trust it for what I want my Jeep to be in a few years lol.
08-22-2013 09:22 PM
+1 to everything everyone else has said. Just looking at them side by side, you can see a huge difference in size. The D35 is literally a toothpick compared to the 8.8. And you can get disc brakes, limited slip, and can keep your same rims.
08-22-2013 09:52 PM
what years have the posi., and disc brakes ???
thanks im interested, in the change myself, i only run 33s now but would,nt want to risk 35s with my little 2.5 5 speed will be all the strain on her that i want to go for now,,,,and down the road when i fit my v8 in it,s place i will be ready..
08-22-2013 10:06 PM
Alright so how can I find out what year Explorers came with disc brakes, limited slip, & all the other goodies?
08-22-2013 10:15 PM
95-01 4drs and up till 02 on the 2dr sorts. 4dr sport tracs were drum brakes. Could get LSD in any and all of those year models.
Search Ford 8.8 there are a ton of threads here and other forums with pictures, part numbers, 8.8 ID info its all on the web plug it into google and spend a few hours doing the homework. Hopefully I will be done next weekend just got my driveshafts back from the shop so I have to work brakes, e-brake install cables and my steering upgrade.