It may take some searching to find an 8.8 with 4.10 gears. Be sure to find an 8.8 with disc brakes. Do not spend any money on the Dana 35. You can fix other things for now and swap the rear axle when time/money permit.Gotcha, that all makes sense. Would the 8.8 have to be re-geared to the 4.10 or 4.54?
Guess it depends where you're at. The first junk yard I went to buy one at had 4 of them with 4.10s. 3 with limited slip and 1 open diff, ranging from 70,000-120,000 miles. $200 each.In my experience, Explorers with 4.10 8.8s are pretty uncommon and difficult to find. It took me 2 or 3 tries to find one at my local pull-a-part. YMMV
Yes, that would be the critter you're hunting for the front!Would this be the front end that I am trying to find?
It may take some searching to find an 8.8 with 4.10 gears. Be sure to find an 8.8 with disc brakes. Do not spend any money on the Dana 35. You can fix other things for now and swap the rear axle when time/money permit.
If you have to regear the front axle to 4.56, the 8.8 Ford Explorer axle never came with 4.56. There are a few places to buy 8.8 conversion hardware. I bought mine from MORE (Mountain Offroad). If your local preferred shop has what you need then use them. Previous owner of MORE created the 8.8 to Jeep swap.
I'll also add that even tho you said you want to keep the 35's.... dropping down to 33's only costs you 1" of ground clearance and 33" is possibly the best all around tire size for a yj.... they fit really well w a 4.5" lift which is a really good height for excellent offroad performance and great street manners.
My yj goes anywhere offroad and still cruises 80 mph on the interstate