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Unread 05-05-2012, 09:30 PM   #1
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backspacing after 8.8

Got a quick question concerning backspacing once I swap in my 8.8. The 8.8 being 1 inch shorter than the D35, my rear wheels will move inward 0.5in on each side. Being very anal about things being even, I already know that its gonna tick me off. My rims already have 4" of backspacing. Would 0.5" wheel spacers on each side (bringing my overall backspacing to 3.5") be anymore detrimental? I realize that this much backspacing puts more stress on wheel bearing but i'd like to know if it would be tolerable. Thanks.

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Unread 05-05-2012, 10:14 PM   #2
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I have an 8.8 and I thought I would be anal about it too, but I can't tell the difference at all. I don't know if it's the fact I have bigger outer bearings from a 9 inch and a super 88 kit welded on that makes it a bit wider or if it's just so little difference that you don't notice though...There is nothing wrong with a proper 1/2" spacer though, just make sure it's a quality one IMO...
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Unread 05-06-2012, 02:03 AM   #3
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I think it's less than an inch shorter. It might be .75-.5" shorter. Either way, you can't tell the difference. Look at all of the people who have 8.8's installed and you'd never know.
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Unread 05-06-2012, 02:08 AM   #4
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I never really paid that much attention to mine after it was installed. The only thing that kind of bothers me is the rear has a kind of squat due to it being SUA. But I plan on fixing that when I put a lift kit on it. Plan on addings a 3/8in or 5/8in boom shackles in the rear when I install a lift kit.
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Unread 05-06-2012, 07:07 AM   #5
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It will be narrower but it doesn't change the back spacing or stresses related to back spacing. I would do the swap and then see if it really bothers you, definitely the most trivial part of swapping in an 8.8
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the 8.8 is 5/8" shorter. trust me you'll never notice it. And my jeep doesnt sit any lower with the 8.8 and SUA...
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the 8.8 is 5/8" shorter. trust me you'll never notice it. And my jeep doesnt sit any lower with the 8.8 and SUA...
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Install it, then forget it. It's that simple.

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Unread 05-06-2012, 11:21 AM   #8
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I never really paid that much attention to mine after it was installed. The only thing that kind of bothers me is the rear has a kind of squat due to it being SUA. But I plan on fixing that when I put a lift kit on it. Plan on addings a 3/8in or 5/8in boom shackles in the rear when I install a lift kit.
Yes, i'll definitely be adding estended shackles in the rear as well to make up for the larger tube diameter since I'm SUA too.
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This.

Install it, then forget it. It's that simple.

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Ok, I'll try to do that. I'll just have to wait and see once its in there. I just know myself to be very anal when it comes to these things... everything must be even/symmetrical... it's a sickness!
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I understand the need for everything to "look" right. I'm much the same way as you are.

You don't even notice the difference. The squat comes from the bigger perches compressing the springs more. I left mine because I may want to flip them to go SOA one day, I'll add a little shackle length to even it out. But unless you are stare my Jeep down and breaking out the tape, it's hard to notice.





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I agree with the squat, between the tube diameter and how high the perches are when welded on, the rear will drop a bit, mine was about 3/4 - 1", I simply bought new BDS 5" springs to compensate like Anticaman did...
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I agree with the squat, between the tube diameter and how high the perches are when welded on, the rear will drop a bit, mine was about 3/4 - 1", I simply bought new BDS 5" springs to compensate like Anticaman did...
so what would u recommend more... extended shackles in the rear or new springs?
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so what would u recommend more... extended shackles in the rear or new springs?
You don't need a lot. Just 5/8 inch will cover the tube width difference.
I went with a pair of boomerang shackles with 5/8 inch lift.

For the narrow part- the Super 88 kit widens it like an inch per side.
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A slight rear squat doesn't look bad to me.
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I agree with the squat, between the tube diameter and how high the perches are when welded on, the rear will drop a bit, mine was about 3/4 - 1", I simply bought new BDS 5" springs to compensate like Anticaman did...
It's really an easy way to go if your springs need replacing anyway. My newest solution is to utilize longer shackles solely in the rear for a few reasons.

The decreased shackle in the front will level the jeep and positively affect castor angles.

The 1" rear shackles will pivot the axle and not effect pinion angle near as drastically as replacing the springs.

The 1" rear boomerang shackles do a good job at clearing the crossmember.


Despite the shadows, the shackle is not contacting the crossmember. And neither is the mil wrap eye. This is naturally where my suspension stops flexing. And yes, the longer shackles give the arched springs more room to flatten and compress.


And as its my first post in this thread and the subject is track width, I'll chime in: anytime max says something, put your remembering eyes on. There is a reason the man is revered in the jeeping world. Your width will be fine. Well unless one of your springs goes rogue from the pack but that's not directly related to to the issue at hand.
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