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TheBrat97
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would shoot for the Ford 8.8. I recently helped a friend swap a junkyard 8.8 into his 96 explorer and believe me when I say that thing was STOUT. We gutted the old one because the pinion bearing was shot and it was cheaper to swap than rebuild.
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lakeland713xj
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

if your spending the money go with the ford 8.8 or dana 44 because while an 8.25 29 spline axle is good its nothing near the 44 and 8.8 which are consideried 3/4 ton axles and the 8.8 and dana 44 have alot of after market upgrades just my $0.02
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1fox2go
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What I would do if it was my jeep, I didnt want/have a lot of money to spend, I would go to the junkyard find an 8.25 27 or 29, If you are going to lock it but want a lockrite you need 27 spline other wise detroit makes a full case locker for the 29

It is a direct bolt in option, if you get one from an automatic it will have different gears so you may want to get a gear set for the d30 and the 8.25 for 33s and a 5spd Id run 4.56s if its not your DD, otherwise 4.10s

Thats my opinion, the 8.8 may be strong but you will need to know how to fab some things up to make it work
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Duncan
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isn't there a kit somewhere that has all the hardware with it and you just have to do a few welds?

I could have sworn I had the link in my favorites but I can't find it...
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1fox2go
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You still need to know how to weld, and well enough to trust your welds with you and your passengers in the vehicle. If you don't feel comfortable you have to then pay someone to do so, which equals more money

I was just putting my opinion on what I would do if I was in this predicament
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jeepin419
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

now with the 8.8 its only in v8's?? or dose some v6's have them. and you can only get it from a explorer???

also what about the lug pattern, do you have to get axles??? or???
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jeepin419
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok, i bought a rear end

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=011&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT&viewitem=&item=320182348695&rd=1

what else do i need?
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Drake69
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A flat search on Google is all it takes...

http://www.mountainoffroad.com/more.htm

Note that it's gonna take more than just the kit to work with XJs. You should plan on measuring for longer brake lines and if your new axle doesn't have it, an emergency brake cable kit. You'll need to measure the width of the entire assembly as the 8.8 will be a bit narrower than the factory D35, and extra spacers might be needed. It also looks like a special yoke may be needed to mate up the stock u-joint to the 8.8 flange. More importantly, the axle you've bought doesn't have the ring & pinion to it, so you'll need to decide on what R&P kit you need to fit the carrier you'll get. A locker would be nice to install along with the R&P since you'll have everything strewn out.

Also note: setting up ring & pinions in a carrier takes VERY PRECISE work, and is definitely not recommended for the driveway professional. Look into getting an axle gear tech local to you to do this job.

Hope this helps.
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lakeland713xj
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 4:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

basically.....cut off the ford spring perches and the swaybar mounts....buy new spring perches...weld them on...you prolly will have to do the shock mounts to..... lockers gears and emeregency breake kit and any other upgrades ...then bolt in the axle and wheel it to it brakes then get a dana 60 and start over
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1fox2go
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow....


the brake lines can be reused
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jeepin419
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

how much skiner is the 8.8. what size spacer would it take to match the frount end???
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berk9
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2007 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

its 5/8 shorter on each side
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