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Unread 08-26-2013, 05:30 PM   #1
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Ford 8.8 too rusty? Good deal?

Hi all, looking to pick up a ford 8.8" from a salvage yard 1998 ford explorer. I believe it is 4:10 ratio open carrier. He was asking $250 for it, I told him I'd give $200 since it's not a LS diff. Went to take a look at it today and it was hard to see the whole assembly but I was able to stick my phone underneath for a couple pics.

What all do I need to inspect before purchasing this 8.8?
Is it too rusty, or will it clean up fine?





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Unread 08-26-2013, 05:51 PM   #2
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Since he's got a salvage yard and in the business of selling parts then make him guarantee the thing. Other than that I bet you will need to replace all or most of the brake hardware. Who knows if the gears and bearings are ok. Its hard to tell about the rust in the pic but I'd bet the brakes are about the only thing needing attention.

As far as it being an open diff could be a benefit. If you are ok with the loose OEM LSD then that's fine. If you want a locker of any sort then you want an open diff or replace the whole carrier. It would need an open diff to install a lunch box style locker, all the other lockers would replace the carrier anyway.
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Unread 08-26-2013, 06:11 PM   #3
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Thanks for your input, I do plan on adding a detroit locker. Funny thing is, I don't currently own a Jeep. I used to have a 98 TJ, but I sold it because I was traveling too much. Now that I'm out of school and making money, I plan on getting another Jeep within the next 6 months or so. So this will be a project I can do without rushing. Obviously I cant set the pinion angle or anything like that, but I can have it cleaned up, brackets cut off, tubes welded, brakes re-done, locker, ect... so that it's ready for my future Jeep.
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Unread 08-27-2013, 03:16 PM   #4
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It looks like it is worth $50
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Unread 08-27-2013, 04:41 PM   #5
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you can get these in better shape for 200
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Unread 08-27-2013, 07:08 PM   #6
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Too late! I brought it home, and picked up a new toy! DeWalt 10amp 4.5" grinder.

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Unread 08-28-2013, 09:10 AM   #7
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It will clean up just fine. Appears to be just surface rust. I recently sold one that looked about the same way for $200. I did drive the Explorer home before I pulled it and the brakes where good.

For $250 I would expect it to be a little cleaner and have the carrier you want.
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Unread 09-08-2013, 04:34 PM   #8
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Just thought I'd update the thread with a picture of it cleaned up in case it helps anyone else who's looking into a rusty rear axle assembly. So far I have only gone over it once with a wire wheel, and used a small wire brush attachment on the electric drill for the nooks and crannies. Going to have tubes welded, replace axle seals and bearings, finish clean up on axle, paint axle, and reassemble with all new brake parts. By the time I get a Jeep, all I will have to do is weld on the new brackets, route brake lines, and be ready to go!

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