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Unread 03-08-2008, 02:31 PM   #1
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Free 8.8!!

My dad is swapping an engine out of one Exploder and into another at the place where he works and then junking the rest of the truck. I mentioned the 8.8 Rear option for my rear axle project and he said I could HAVE it.

The Exploder is a 2000 2WD.
Here is what I dont know: the gear ratio (most likely 3.55 or 3.73-----both are what im looking for--more towards the 3.73 tho), whether it has discs, and/or limited slip.

I want to know if anyone has any info on the rear of these trucks from 2x4s and anything i should watch out for ---meaning should i bother taking it?

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Unread 03-08-2008, 03:09 PM   #2
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It will be disc and if your lucky it wont have the L-slip. But that is one good price.
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It will be disc and if your lucky it wont have the L-slip. But that is one good price.
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Unread 03-08-2008, 03:18 PM   #4
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Why lucky without the limited slip?
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Unread 03-08-2008, 03:22 PM   #5
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Why lucky without the limited slip?
Because you would have to get an open carrier if you wanted to use a locker in it.

If you have no plans for locking it, the LS will be fine, but if you do plan on running a locker, you will need to buy a new carrier.
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Unread 03-08-2008, 03:26 PM   #6
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I just dont like them. Stock limited slips are normally worn out by 50,000 miles. And it rules out the cheap lunch box lockers since theres no carrier.
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Unread 03-08-2008, 06:38 PM   #7
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Great...thanks....now i just hope there isnt a Ltd Slip.
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Unread 03-08-2008, 07:45 PM   #8
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for the price, i wouldnt worry about the lsd or no lsd.
you will be far ahead of the rest of us that had to pay for an 8.8.
well done!

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Unread 03-08-2008, 08:56 PM   #9
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now i have to change the future mods to 8.8 instead of Dana44 .
I've already found a ton of info for making it work, i have a pinion angle tool and new spring mounts and shock mounts.

I'm assuming i can reuse the explorer spring plates?
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Unread 03-08-2008, 09:32 PM   #10
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I'm assuming i can reuse the explorer spring plates?
Yep, you can reuse them but you may want to trim away all the unnecessary portion of those spring plates.

For those who don't know - here's what the stock F8.8 spring plates look like. They incorporate the lower shock mounts into them which would probably be useless unless you were redoing the uppers to utilize the lowers.

IMHO, they hang too low and would be rock magnets, plus stock upper mounts wouldn't work since the angles would be all wrong.


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Unread 03-09-2008, 08:56 AM   #11
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Yep, you can reuse them but you may want to trim away all the unnecessary portion of those spring plates.

For those who don't know - here's what the stock F8.8 spring plates look like. They incorporate the lower shock mounts into them which would probably be useless unless you were redoing the uppers to utilize the lowers.

IMHO, they hang too low and would be rock magnets, plus stock upper mounts wouldn't work since the angles would be all wrong.


Are you saying the stock 8.8 perches can be used as they are? no re-welding them?
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Are you saying the stock 8.8 perches can be used as they are? no re-welding them?
I know at least one person on here (not in this thread though) said they did just that. They said they had to pull the springs in a bit. But, I'm pretty sure Joe's just refering to the spring/U-bolt plates themselves.
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the spring perches will be about .5" off. The shock mounts *do* work.

I ran my shocks on those mounts for ~ 1.5 years.
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Unread 03-09-2008, 09:53 AM   #14
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If it is limited slip, I think yer ahead of the game...when I install my 8.8, I do want LS, and I'll go with an Aussie Locker in the front end, and that should get me the performance I'm lookin' for...a buddy of mine has a 1993 Explorer 4X4 with LS in the rear, is VERY happy with how it performs off road...
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Are you saying the stock 8.8 perches can be used as they are? no re-welding them?
this is "true" but not optimal.
i ran mine like this for a while.
you really need 4" lift or so to be able to angle the springs in enough to make it work.

you will be much better off to cut the perches and reweld in the correct location with the correct pinion angle.
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