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post #1 of 5 Old 09-16-2011, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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Ford 8.8 swap or regear question

Hi guys,

I want to do away with my 3.07 gears in my jeep. I was just going to swap to a Ford 8.8 rear with 4.10 and find a Dana 30 front a 4cyl yj.

Now what do I need to do to swap a Ford 8.8 under there and what are the best years to look for one. I know it has to come from an explor.

Now I'm assuming 4.10 would be the best gear ratio. I want to be able to get ok mpgs and do 65 to 70 on the highway and use 5th gear. 1 threw 3rd and sometimes 4th sucks.

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-16-2011, 05:12 PM
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Here is a current thread that should answer some questions for you...
My SOA Build
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If it has tracks, tires or tits, its gonna cause a problem.

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post #3 of 5 Old 09-16-2011, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! for the link but I want to get a ford 8.8 from a junk yard and drop it in. Not one from a shop for 900 bucks!
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-16-2011, 05:37 PM
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Here you go. Before I decided to grab ankles and order one,
I dug up a bunch of valuble info. Check these out. Should
answer even questions you didn't think

Good Luck!
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-16-2011, 06:43 PM
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I did what you're thinking on mine and have no complaints. HP 30 from a four cylinder with Tj one piece shafts and 8.8, both 4.10. Look for a 95-01 explorer and a 95 HP30 if your not doing one piece shafts. That year has the larger front ujoint. Found both of mine on Maybe car-parts? There's a nice install kit from I went with the Ubolt flip kit. You'll need to weld the spring perches and shock mounts. Anymore ??'s. Pm me if you want specifics and/or pictures.

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