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Unread 02-26-2014, 02:07 PM   #91
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Thanks for the awesome write up!

I just picked up my 8.8 last week. Got an open dif with 4.10 gears and an XJ front drive shaft for $250.

I have a few more things to gather before I start the install so I'm just reading a lot to make sure I do it right the first time. Your write up is one I'm using.

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Unread 02-27-2014, 01:14 AM   #92
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Awesome write up, I'll be installing a 8.8 in my yj in the next couple weeks
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Unread 02-27-2014, 09:35 AM   #93
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One question for you. What are you doing to compensate for the larger axle tube and your lift? I was thinking when I do mine, swap about the rear 5/8" lift shackle for 1" shackles and keep the 5/8" up front

Or, is 3/8" that big of a deal?
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Unread 02-27-2014, 10:28 AM   #94
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When I did mine, I used a grinder to get the spring perches as close to the tubes as I could while leaving enough room for the leaf spring centering pin . I still use the same shackles all around and the rear of my Jeep sits slightly higher than the front. Same OME 2.5 springs all around.
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Unread 02-27-2014, 10:28 AM   #95
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Awesome write up, I'll be installing a 8.8 in my yj in the next couple weeks
Thanks, and good choice.
Let me know if I can help with any info...


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One question for you. What are you doing to compensate for the larger axle tube and your lift? I was thinking when I do mine, swap about the rear 5/8" lift shackle for 1" shackles and keep the 5/8" up front

Or, is 3/8" that big of a deal?
Nice pickup, you've been reading up on the swap...

I didn't do anything yet to compensate for the larger tubes, but I do notice the heep sits down in the rear just a skosh. I'm debating swapping out the rear 5/8" booms for 1". I guess I'll wait til it bothers me enough...

Don't see an issue with larger rear shackles though, within reason of course...
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Unread 02-27-2014, 04:16 PM   #96
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When I did mine, I used a grinder to get the spring perches as close to the tubes as I could while leaving enough room for the leaf spring centering pin . I still use the same shackles all around and the rear of my Jeep sits slightly higher than the front. Same OME 2.5 springs all around.
Yeah, I didn't want to lose any more "meat" off the perches after grinding off the nubs.
I'll probably go with the 1" rear booms before too much longer. When I take off the hardtop for spring I'll see how it sits then. The boom swap is a half hour job if I stop to eat lunch.
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Thought I would add this, if you happen to get the shorter sua style perches from ruffstuff, you actually have to leave the nubbies on! kind of a bummer, I ground 1 set off before even checking fit, luckily they sent me a new one since the website clearly says to chop them for 8.8.
so that gap + the meat missing on my tube from rust makes quite the gap!
If she ends up squatting in the rear I already have 1" booms, and might just go with 5/8 or 3/4 on the front and sell off the front 1" set

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Unread 02-27-2014, 06:28 PM   #98
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Thanks for the added info guys!

Goob: you did means to say SOA perches, right? Let me know if you want to triad your 1" front shackles for my rear 5/8" shackles. Mine are MORE booms. Not sure what you got.
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mine are made up by forum member BESRK, they are 3/8 thick and nice. I will trade if the rear sits too low. gimme a week or 2
And no, those are special SUA perches that are 5" long instead of the 8" ones that come in the kit. the 8" ones are better suited for soa, if you read back Feetwet cut his down to around 5"
Look back at post 79 for clarification
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I got all that. This is what I was talking about:

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if you happen to get the shorter sua
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mine are made up by forum member BESRK, they are 3/8 thick and nice. I will trade if the rear sits too low. gimme a week or 2
Sounds good. I was planning to go with BESRKs as well. Not going to pay for MOREs again. Awesome shackles but WAY expensive.
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I got all that. This is what I was talking about:
I still dont see the confusion. the SUA (spring under axle) perches are shorter in length, thats what I ordered. the kit comes standard with SOA and they are longer
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Hahaha. I guess I'm the one confused. Please disregard all my dumb comments. Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming...
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mine are made up by forum member BESRK, they are 3/8 thick and nice. I will trade if the rear sits too low. gimme a week or 2
And no, those are special SUA perches that are 5" long instead of the 8" ones that come in the kit. the 8" ones are better suited for soa, if you read back Feetwet cut his down to around 5"
Look back at post 79 for clarification
Way to go all referencey there, Goob!

That looks like your mockup stage. Did you get things sitting all square finally?
Hopefully you managed to fill that gap with a nice bead or two when you burned em in for good.
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Way to go all referencey there, Goob!

That looks like your mockup stage. Did you get things sitting all square finally?
Hopefully you managed to fill that gap with a nice bead or two when you burned em in for good.
That is how its sitting right now, I ordered the driveshaft the other day, and wanted to wait till its here and hook it up and set everything perfect, instead of eyeballing the pinion. Anal I know I might get a wild hair and go out there with a square and tack it in. I wont be doing the full welding (read: Harbor frieght 90 amp flux core and poor skills )
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