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Unread 07-21-2009, 12:18 AM   #1
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what is the best yj rear axle swap ??

ok so i have seen many mixed things on what to swap under a yj rear so i wanted to get every ones clear opinion. i want to know what is a good strong axle thats close width to a yj stock i know there are the explorer 8.8 ands the wagoneer 44s and maybe some others but wich do you think is better ?(i.e. easiness to install, strength, performance and availability wise )

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Unread 07-21-2009, 12:35 AM   #2
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It depends on what you're wanting to run. Lockers and 33's, an 8.8 or 44 would work fine. 8.8 worked good for me since I have a 2.5 and found one with matching 4.10's
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Unread 07-21-2009, 10:38 AM   #3
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More specifics on your future plans would greatly increase the ideas people can throw at you.... Every application will be different to some degree.
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Unread 07-21-2009, 10:42 AM   #4
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if your staying with 35s or under i would say a ford 8.8 is the easiest and cheapest
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Unread 07-21-2009, 11:46 AM   #5
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^^ I can agree
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Unread 07-21-2009, 06:42 PM   #6
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ok so my plans are to runn 35 with a 4.5 Re lift and 1 inch body lift 4.88 gears , new brakes and doing it all within the next 2 months. i am going to keep the front cause i only wheel once or twice a month on light trails no rock crawling . so whats the best axle for that setup
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Unread 07-21-2009, 07:24 PM   #7
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35s and under- 8.8
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1995-2001 explorer it looks like. Yes that is something I would like to have. How much is a fair price for one of these. This guy wrote up a pretty good page on it. http://www.jedi.com/obiwan/jeep/ford88.html
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Unread 07-21-2009, 08:16 PM   #9
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Dana 44 for the front end.
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Unread 07-21-2009, 09:51 PM   #10
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1995-2001 explorer it looks like. Yes that is something I would like to have. How much is a fair price for one of these. This guy wrote up a pretty good page on it. http://www.jedi.com/obiwan/jeep/ford88.html
Two junkyards near me sell any rear axle complete for $100. Other yards go up to $300.
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Unread 07-21-2009, 10:28 PM   #11
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I pay $350 for a 97 8.8 completed LSD 4:10 E brake lines,and so far so good.
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Unread 07-21-2009, 10:42 PM   #12
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Well that's good to know the price can range a lot and deals can be found. I will start looking. Thanks.
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Does an 8.8 front bolt right up to a yj? if so what do I ask for in the local scrapyard?
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Does an 8.8 front bolt right up to a yj? if so what do I ask for in the local scrapyard?
There's no such thing as a solid 8.8 front axle.

For the rear the exploder 8.8 has too much going for it for other axles to compete.

As to the front you already have one of the best axles ever put in a CJ/wrangler. Upgrade the axles to a one piece and you've got a front that's GTG up to the point where its time to bust out the 1 tons
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I've got a ford 9" installed in mine... Can't say that its cheaper or easier than the 8.8 lol. I went with it because it was unique (kind of)... And i've had years of experience with them. 8.8 disc brake brackets bolt right on to the ford 9" and having the ability to pull the 3rd member out is pretty sweet. This allows me to have a 4.56 setup with my detroit and a 4.56 setup with a full spool.

It's kind of a personal preference decision. The 8.8 is incredibly strong, affordable, and easy to swap. The d44 is a great swap as well as the ford 9"...

Pros Ford 8.8: Availability, price, disc brakes, ease of install, decent aftermarket, matching lug pattern
Cons Ford 8.8: Aftermarket not as good as ford 9" (but still strong enough), "everybody's doin it", c-clips (kinda)

Pros Dana 44: Probably alittle tougher than the 8.8 (debatable), maintaining chrysler (dana) parts, relatively unique.
Cons Dana 44: hard to find, no disc brakes, lower aftermarket support, pricy, hard to find

Pros Ford 9": Dana 60-like strength, removable 3rd member, easy gearing, HUGE aftermarket support, unique, easy disc brake conversion, matching lug pattern
Cons Ford 9": Cheap but hard to find, relatively pricy to build, relatively low pinion on carrier, much more involved to build.

Those are probably the easiest axles from my experience to swap into a jeep. Once you get on up the the Dana60 range then you would probably already be answering these questions yourself. naturally everything I just wrote is up for debate, I certainly don't claim one is better than the other and I dont claim to have covered everything in the above list... Again it is a matter of personal preference.

Good luck axle hunting!
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