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Unread 06-15-2013, 10:48 PM   #16
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Finally got some more time to work on this today. I got the old spring perches cut off and ground the tubes smooth and clean to weld the new perches and shock mounts. Slid the axle under the jeep and mocked everything up. Tacked the spring perches in place. That was it for this evening.

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Unread 06-16-2013, 08:59 AM   #17
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If I were an ARB in a Dana 35, I would kill myself too.
LOL! Well said Anti!
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Unread 06-17-2013, 10:54 AM   #18
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Good job Rick. I hope the switch over to the 8.8 goes well. I look forward to seeing more photos as the work progresses along.

I'm still going strong with the stock 4 angry squirrels, whimpy tranny, and D35.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 01:15 PM   #19
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Looking great!
I still can't believe that I didn't blow up my d35 before I did my 8.8 swap. I got that thing hopping good on 35s and it just took it like a champ!

Word of advise- Depending on what shock mounts you went with, when you mock it up make sure your shocks have enough travel left in them! I raised my shock mounts a bit with the RuffStuff mounts and ended up loosing 100% of my shock uptravel. :
I had to order new shock mounts and a Teraflex shock bar to fix the problem. In my defense, my daughter broke her arm the day I did my swap and my head wasn't in the game, so, just pay attention

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Unread 06-23-2013, 06:19 PM   #20
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Thanks for that advice Sparrows. I had noticed that it could be a problem. My shocks are for 4" of lift and I think my 4" RC springs have sagged a bit so I am not so sure that I had a lot of up travel left with the old set up but it is definitely figuring in to my plans for the location of the new mounts. I am using the ones that came in the 8.8 swap kit from East Coast Gear Supply. I will end up fabbing up some custom bump stops to prevent bottoming out the shocks or the tires from contacting the top of the wheel wells.
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Unread 06-29-2013, 10:01 PM   #21
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So today I pulled the mocked up axle back out from under the jeep and welded up the spring perches, shock mounts, and bump stops. While I was at it I tacked the axle tubes to the center section as well. Then I mocked up the brake lines. I decided to keep the Jeep center hose set up since I had an extra length stainless braided hose installed previously. The vent nipple from the Dana axle fit right into the Ford. I needed to ditch the "Y" line on the left side so I picked up another right side soft line and a couple of steel lines everything went together pretty easy. I welded some tabs to the bump stops to mount the soft lines. After that I removed the brakes again and cleaned everything (about an hour with the wire wheel on my angle grinder) and laid down a coat of primer. That was it for today.




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Unread 06-30-2013, 03:45 PM   #22
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Propane tanks for use as a welding table.......... awesome
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Unread 06-30-2013, 08:11 PM   #23
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Well, at least they were empty.......
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Unread 07-01-2013, 02:59 AM   #24
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Nice work on documenting your progress. I have the 8.8 but need to source the parts before I tear into it.

What brand gears and size? Do you have a 4 or 6 squrriels?

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Unread 07-01-2013, 09:30 AM   #25
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What brand gears and size? Do you have a 4 or 6 squrriels?
I have a 4.3L Chevy Vortec motor and 4L60E auto tranny with a hybrid Chevy S10/Jeep NP231 transfer case. Tom Woods CV rear drive shaft. 4.56 gears.
So far I purchased:

Ford 8.8 rear with Solid rear cover, brakes, ebrake cables - Craigslist $300

8.8 install kit (spring perches, shock mounts, u-bolts, etc.
freeze plug to eliminate ABS sensor
8.8 disc pads
8.8 ebrake shoes
8.8 ebrake hardware kit - East Coast Gear $210
(w/10% Pirate discount)

4.56 ring and pinion set
Master install kit
outer axle bearings/seals - Engine Rebuilders Whse $219

ARB locker for 8.8 - Parts Mike $878
(includes shipping)

Misc. Brake lines/hardware - local Advance Auto $30

Joy of doing it yourself - priceless

BTW, I briefly considered letting East Coast Gear do all the work and ship me a complete bolt in axle but it would have cost about $2500 delivered. So far I am still about $900 ahead.
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Unread 07-02-2013, 01:50 PM   #26
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Amen, my brother. I could pay someone to do it but doing the job yourself is the priceless pleasure and satisfaction.

Plus, its an excuse to buy more tools.

Carry on.
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Unread 07-02-2013, 06:13 PM   #27
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Pretty *****in deal on the d35+arb+4.56 combo. Getting 5 yrs out of that is a pretty sweet deal imo. Wont have to worry too much about the 8.8.
Btw, dont forget to weld the tubes to the housing (cast steel). And ummm, i dont know if its the picture or not and i hate to be a nazi about it but i would reconsider those welds on those perches. Maybe grind those down and give it another go. I dont think that ur welder is set up correctly for the job. Not trying be an ***, im just lookin out for you.
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Unread 07-02-2013, 07:58 PM   #28
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Pretty *****in deal on the d35+arb+4.56 combo. Getting 5 yrs out of that is a pretty sweet deal imo. Wont have to worry too much about the 8.8.
Btw, dont forget to weld the tubes to the housing (cast steel). And ummm, i dont know if its the picture or not and i hate to be a nazi about it but i would reconsider those welds on those perches. Maybe grind those down and give it another go. I dont think that ur welder is set up correctly for the job. Not trying be an ***, im just lookin out for you.
No worries, I am happy to take advice. When you look straight on all you see are the blobs where I tacked the corners - at night, laying on my back under the Jeep. Had a tough time getting a good strike. As far as the set up once I got the axle back out from under the Jeep.....along the sides I ran 1/8" 6011 at 120 amps, DC, electrode negative and two passes. Although not as smooth as I wish I could do it I believe they got good penetration. I don't think my welder puts out what the dial says but there was no undercutting and I observed good heating of the parts. As for the tubes, I did short passes (about an inch) at four points around each tube at the center section. Hit them immediately with the chipping hammer using quick blows as they cooled to relieve stress. Would appreciate anyone's comments about the technique.
I am curious if anyone can answer a question from their 8.8 experience. I thought I had read that the tubes were pressed in but on my axle there appear to be several plug welds on each side where the housing was drilled and back filled. You can see them in the primer picture above. Is that normal?
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Unread 07-02-2013, 08:03 PM   #29
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No worries, I am happy to take advice. When you look straight on all you see are the blobs where I tacked the corners - at night, laying on my back under the Jeep. Had a tough time getting a good strike. As far as the set up once I got the axle back out from under the Jeep.....along the sides I ran 6110 at 120 amps, DC, electrode negative and two passes. Although not as smooth as I wish I could do it I believe they got good penetration. I don't think my welder puts out what the dial says but there was no undercutting and I observed good heating of the parts. As for the tubes, I did short passes (about an inch) at four points around each tube at the center section. Hit them immediately with the chipping hammer using quick blows as they cooled to relieve stress. Would appreciate anyone's comments about the technique.
I am curious if anyone can answer a question from their 8.8 experience. I thought I had read that the tubes were pressed in but on my axle there appear to be several plug welds on each side where the housing was drilled and back filled. You can see them in the primer picture above. Is that normal?
my 8.8 was the same. Plug welds in the housing. As for technique, i personally Pre-heated/Post-heated for the cast steel. Turned out just fine. Anyways, as long as it holds, its all that counts.
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Unread 07-06-2013, 09:16 PM   #30
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Today I finally got to do some more of the work on the 8.8. Removed the old axle bearings and seals. Swapped out the pinion races. Set up the pinion for the correct height - it was the same height as the one I removed so set it up with the same thickness shim set, installed and pre-loaded it. Set up the ARB with the new ring gear and bearings. Drilled the housing for the air line. Installed the ARB, pre-loaded using the stock shims that I removed but had to add a bit on the ring side of the diff to and set the backlash. Not a bad afternoon's work........

Improvised bearing puller.....
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