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Old 09-30-2009, 04:30 PM
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Cheaper/Better axle, DD/crawler?

Hello I have I have a 1998 Jeep Wrangler Sahara with 4.0L and 35" tires. I have a stock dana35.. () and I was wondering what would be better for a daily driver and an off roader?
A Ford 8.8
or a Chevy 14-bolt?

I heard that the 14-bolt was much bigger and would probably bang on the rocks more...??

I just need to know what to get because my Jeep is going very slow on the highway. I know it's a gear thing but I would rather get a new axle and better stuff under her carriage than down grading to 33's..

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8.8.

the 14 bolt is huge and heavy. and you'd either need to swap the front too or else have two different kinds of wheels (and spares)

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Ok. Thanks. If I get the 8.8 that doesn't mean I need to change my front axle? Just the gears in it right?
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The 14 bolt is a one ton truck axle and the 8.8 is (basically) a half ton truck axle. They're two completely different axles.

Your best bet would be a Dana 44, Ford 8.8 or Ford 9.
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OK. Thank you.

Is there a video of how to hook a ford 8.8 into a Jeep from an explorer??
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You have to cut all the brackets off and attach TJ brakets. M.O.R.E. makes some and so does Ballistic and I think Gen-Right does as well.
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Try to find one from an Exploder in the 01' flavor. It will have the disc brake upgrade, Earlier years will have drums. Also the Exploder is the same width, so you don't have to go full width. The bolt patterns are the same too. I am looking myself. Also run 35"s and I will not turn back. In the same boat as you with the gear thing. Also check out ruff stuff products.
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Either a 01 explorer or a mustang cobra or get from 96-98. They will also have a limited slip from the factory in the mustangs. Explorers were an option.
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go with ballistic brackets, i paid like 120bucks for everything and its all 3/16's heavy duty stuff. theres alot of write ups or ask to see how much a local shop would want
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Either a 01 explorer or a mustang cobra or get from 96-98. They will also have a limited slip from the factory in the mustangs. Explorers were an option.
Exploder = 31 spline

rustang = 28 spline
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Also, if you get an axle from a Sport or Sportrac (whichever they are called) Explorer, it will have 4:10 gears in it. Then you would need to re-gear the front to 4:10's, which will be better than the 3:07's or 3:73's you currently have.
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Yeah I went to a junkyard the other and they had some explorers out there look to be 00-03 ranges. I didn't know how to see if it had a limited slip or not.. And is it 120$ for everything with the brackets??
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Can anyone send me a link to a website of which kind of brackets and such? Coil brackets and all that? Please for every part? Thanks
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I couldn't find one for $120, but here are a couple of places I found.

Teraflex $432.99
Mad4WD $225
AtoZ $268.95 1/4" cut
PolyPerformance $225
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I couldn't find one for $120, but here are a couple of places I found.

Teraflex $432.99
Mad4WD $225
AtoZ $268.95 1/4" cut
PolyPerformance $225
ugh, my 8.8 swap just moved a bit farther away...
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ugh, my 8.8 swap just moved a bit farther away...
Break your 35. It will get close in a hurry!
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Break your 35. It will get close in a hurry!
Yep. Did for me.
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Try to find one from an Exploder in the 01' flavor. It will have the disc brake upgrade, Earlier years will have drums.
96-01 all have disc brakes.
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ugh, my 8.8 swap just moved a bit farther away...
the easiest way to go about is to just make your wife get a second job. she'll appreciate that you know you can count on her in a time of need. it will strengthen your marriage, and (by swapping axles) strengthen your jeep. trust me, its almost like you'd be doing her a favor, asking her to get a 2nd job. sure, you could get a 2nd job, but then when would you have time to swap the axle?

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