The tool will be with the tape measures and levels, not sure of the exact name but you'll recognize it. Looks like a wheel with a flat base, hanging inside the degreed wheel is a pointer. The base(s) will be magnetic.
As for the $1k, that's what mine cost including the front end regear. I kept notes on what I bought and how much it cost.... big mistake!
8.8 $200 - $177 for 8.8 then sold D35 for $100 Net cost - $77
Install kit (MORE) $270 - $24 Summit for Perches and $30 Billistics for spring plates, and $10 each u-bolts = $94
Wheel bearings $30 - I didnt need them
Wheel seals $15 - - I didnt need them
gear oil $10
Brake lines $30 - I didnt need them
extended upper shock brackets $80 (very cool add on btw) - Agree. Might do that
welding rod and a new helmet $40
So, yeah it's a cool grand to do it right. If you were swapping into a 4cyl you would have avoided the front end expense I suppose.
Oh yeah, and another $10 for extra length racing studs for the 1" solid spacer I had fabbed up for the right side, gets width back to stock and help better center up that pinion. - Went with new wheels 15x10 to solve this.
I bolded my reply up top. Much cheaper route! PM me if you want to save. I have a few 100 into my axle.
DS 21° , Pinion 19° in finished product. Had SYE already installed with lift and D35, measured DS angle. Placed and tacked 8.8 perches in correct location in garage floor using cheap but NEEDED angle finder.
I am SUA so I flipped axle over (where perches would stay put), set the pinion at 19° (off 90°) with a little bottle jack under pinion. Remember axle is upside down so perches will stay put (SUA) so pinion will be angled toward floor. Then I set perches at 9/16" out, 0° and tacked them.
Put 8.8 under vehicle, spot on. Took 8.8 back out and welded stuff up. DONE.
i bought my 8.8 for 200 bucks and it bolted in the yj with 411s but no lsd=( but still great deal i think.
Agree. I searched for the LSD w/4:11 It took me 4 junk yards, but I found it! Then to hear $177 and someone was already in line to hand me $100 when I took it off was priceless! He then got someone to give him $100 for his old axle. haha! As the world turns.
Length of DS was given in the formula (18"). Sometimes math has the answer
You have to be a little careful with that although it really doesn't matter. The angle of the driveshaft changes a bit at the double cardan joint. It's not a straight line from the flange on the pinion to the center of the yoke on the transfer case. That's why you want to set the angles with the driveshaft installed.