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post #1 of 3 Old 08-29-2013, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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So I'll be headed to the Pick n pull tomorrow, mostly browsing, but since its a half off event I was wanting to look for either dana 44's or a ford 8.8.

What kind of vehicles should I be looking for?

Do the Wagoneers have Dana 44 rears or just fronts?

Do most ford trucks have the 8.8? like the Ranger, 150 and 250? or even the expedition?

Would those vehicle's axle be a direct fit, or the same width as my Comanches?

I know very little about axles clearly, but since I could get two of these for 250$ figure I should jump on the chance.


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post #2 of 3 Old 08-29-2013, 08:54 PM
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Waggys have both. For 8.8s you want them out of a Ford Explorer or Mercury Mountaineer.

Door codes for axle ratios and diffs below. They're for Explorers, not sure if they're the same for Mountaineers.

41..... Open 8.8"..... 3200..... 3.27
42..... Open 8.8"..... 3200..... 4.10
43..... Open 8.8"..... 3200..... 3.08
44..... Open 8.8"..... 3200..... 3.73
45..... Open 8.8"..... 3200..... 3.55
46..... Open 8.8"..... 3200..... 3.73
D1..... L/S 8.8"..... 3200..... 3.27
D2..... L/S 8.8"..... 3200..... 4.10
D4..... L/S 8.8"..... 3200..... 3.73
D5..... L/S 8.8"..... 3200..... 3.73
L73 ..... L/S ?.?"..... ????..... 3.73

axle tags (should be the same on both Ford and Mercury)
3L73 = 3.73 LS
4 10 = 4.10 open
4L10 = 4.10 LS

Neither axle is a direct fit and you will need to cut off the old mounts and weld on new. Not sure on the D44s, but for 8.8s you'll need a flange adapter for your driveshaft. Spicer number is 2-2-1379. Ford part number for the bolts for it is N800594-S100. Bring a friend, you're not likely going to be able to carry the axle by yourself. Complete 8.8 weighs about 175 lbs.

I'd also make sure you grab the calipers for the 8.8 if that's what you get. The core charge on them is as much as the new part themselves.

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post #3 of 3 Old 08-30-2013, 08:46 PM
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The Waggy D44 rear axles are 6 lug. The ford 8.8's have the same 4.5" on 5 pattern as an XJ. Explorers from about 95 to 01 have disk brakes and a ford 8.8 rear. The trac lok limited silp is a piece of junk unless you just want a mall crawler. The Ford 8.8 is the way to go. It will be 1" more narrow than your current axle. Isuzu Rodeos and Honda Passports from 93 to 97 have Dana 44 rear ends with a 6 lug wheel pattern. These are 1" wider than your current axle and most have either 4.10 or 4.30 gears. Many also have the infamous Trac-lok.
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