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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2004 1:49 pm    Post subject: Axle Swap Opinions.... Reply with quote

Think'in about doing an axle swap. I want both front and rear eventually. The two options available to me are a ford 8.8 rear (Drum brakes) or a Full sized early bronco front and rear (Drum Brakes). the 8.8 I have the bronco axles I can get cheap!
Either way I will have to buy the disc brake swap.

Needed data: I4, Manual, 35"tires, 4.88 gears, and the Explorer Procomp coil conversion kit (Fully bolt on). I want this changed to a fully welded of course in the process of the swaps.


So, What do Ya'll think? I moderatly wheel. Tired of braking d35c axles, duh.....

Any fresh I deas?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2004 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're going to swap in an 8.8, don't bother with one that has drum brakes. Get on out of an explorer that already has discs. You should be able to find one for $200-300 including the brakes. Buying them seperate will cost you a small fortune. Since you already have 4.88's, you'll need to regear it since that ratio isn't an option on the explorer.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2004 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can also do Waggy D44's front and rear. Not sure what years you should get the axles from but I think it is mid to late 80's. The rear 8.8 is a good swap and you can keep the D30 in the front and just do some axle shaft upgrades and it should be plenty strong enough for decent wheeling. A disc 8.8 would be a better option but drums will work fine. I have no information to give you on the EB axles.

As far as the lift, I have not heard much about the Pro Comp coil conversion. If money is no object I believe there are better choises for lifts available but they cost more and might not be as streetable.

http://www.rubiconexpress.com/dynamic/mainpage.asp?folderid=186

http://www.blackdiamondoffroad.com/main/products/xcl/xcl.htm
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2004 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See my posts in this thread.....
http://jeephorizons.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=2820

While this was in regards to an XJ, the comments about the specific axles should still mostly apply.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

where can u get an 8.8 for that cheap
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I searched on http://car-part.com/ then called a nearby junk yard that had one listed. I got it for a little less than was listed on the site.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what all did it come with.....gears, axle shaft?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine came complete with disk brakes.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

what year explorer does the 8.8 come out of
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

95+ are the desired years as they have disc brakes. They were available in earlier Explorers, but were drum brake equipped.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

when buying the axle is it cheaper to get a lower ratio of gears rather than a 4.10 since i will have to regear anyway to handle the 35" tires or will a 4.10 work
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You've never mentioned what gears you want to run. If what's available stock in an Explorer 8.8, most 3.73 and some 4.10, doesn't meet your needs and you will be regearing regardless, then get whatever's cheaper.

For the most part, at a salvage yard they're the same cost. Online, when somebody's selling one, they charge a premium for one with 4.10s b/c there's a higher demand for them.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

k thanks a lot for all ur help
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