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Unread 10-07-2013, 06:46 PM   #1
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Another axle question

So I've been looking for an 8.8 to put out back on my Jeep to get rid of the D35. I HAVE a Ford 9" with a 3.50:1 gear set in it. The housing is 57" wide, so would I do better to set up the 9 or keep looking for an 8.8? If I keep the 9, should I keep the current gear ratio it has and set up the front to match or just regear both all together. I'm running 33's on it right now. I also plan to put in a 5.7 LT1/T350 as soon as I gather all the parts (which I have most of now). Guru's, I need your wisdom....

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Unread 10-07-2013, 07:31 PM   #2
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So I've been looking for an 8.8 to put out back on my Jeep to get rid of the D35. I HAVE a Ford 9" with a 3.50:1 gear set in it. The housing is 57" wide, so would I do better to set up the 9 or keep looking for an 8.8? If I keep the 9, should I keep the current gear ratio it has and set up the front to match or just regear both all together. I'm running 33's on it right now. I also plan to put in a 5.7 LT1/T350 as soon as I gather all the parts (which I have most of now). Guru's, I need your wisdom....
A lot of drag guys run 3.73's.. If I were you I would set it up that route that way in case you wanted to go deeper gear sets your 30 will be set up for that. Just my .02 Sent from Peggy's office

Edit. Also depends on the type of wheeling.

P.s. The drag cars around here have smaller than 33's on their cars. Just a bit if input
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Unread 10-07-2013, 09:47 PM   #3
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9">8.8

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Unread 10-07-2013, 10:03 PM   #4
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9">8.8

Period.
Ditto, if you already have the 9" setup under your Jeep you'd be down grading if you went 8.8. Plus from what I hear the 9" is easier to setup new gears.
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What is the 9" lug pattern? Sure its a 9" as Ford 60s vehicles also had a drop center section for a 8".
8.8's are a wanted item for Wranglers as the width is not noticeable issue, the lug pattern (5on4.5) is the same as the front axle, matching gear ratios are available in stock form (3.73, 4.10), they came with limited slips, specific years had disc brakes available, and its a well supported by aftermarket.

9" are great axles once they have some money put into them. Draw away from it can be the low pinion configuration once installed and ds angle determined. Short wheelbase hurts with large lift on the rear ds angle. Its also a well supported by aftermarket axle as well.

Your choice of pros and cons is limited from what you have described here.
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Anti, I still have the D35 under my jeep. The 9 is a pile of parts in the back yard, but most out it is there minus brake parts. So if I decide to run the 9, what's the best gear radio to set it up with and match the front to? I've already accepted the fact that a re-gear is in my future, I just need help on which ratio to go with.
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Unread 10-08-2013, 06:05 AM   #7
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Although finding an 8.8 with disks it's still up on my list if I can get my hands on it. I've been trying to sell the 9" on CL for a while.
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Put some 8.8 disks on the 9"...
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Put some 8.8 disks on the 9"...
This. I'm running a ford 9" w/Detroit locker. Love it. Threw some 8.8 disc brakes, love it even more.

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Unread 10-08-2013, 12:41 PM   #10
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That looks damn good Apollo!
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