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Unread 08-11-2011, 02:22 PM   #1
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8.8 Swap Kit w/ TRUSS for Jeeps

TJ 8.8 SWAP KIT with AXLE TRUSS
All the brackets necessary for the popular Explorer 8.8 rear axle
swap into a Jeep TJ Wrangler ('97-'06)



Artec Industries is excited to announce the TJ 8.8 Axle Swap Kit. This heavy duty truss and bracket system is designed to take serious abuse and reinforce your entire axle while also providing the factory link, anti-sway bar, and shock locations. The 1/4" thick truss top incorporates a unique design to strengthen both the axle and incorporate the link brackets for ease of installation and added strength. By incorporating the link mounts into the truss, hours of work and trial and error can be avoided when compared to other bracket systems. Simply tack weld the truss together, place it on the axle and all the other brackets fit into place exactly where they need to be.

The Ford Explorer 8.8 features: same lug nut bolt pattern as dana 35, 3-1/4" diameter tubes as compared to 2.625" dana 35, disc brakes (1995 & newer), 31 spline axle shafts, 8.8" diameter ring gear which 120% stronger than dana 35, only 20 pounds more than dana 35, and a trac-loc differential stock. When swapping, the 3.73 gear ratio may need to be changed to match your Jeep gears and wheel spacers may be necessary to bring the width back to factory specs since the 8.8 is 1.25" narrower than the dana 35.

Features include:

•1/4" thick mild steel truss and brackets for much higher strength than the factory bracket and other aftermarket brackets. Precision CNC cut and bent for great fitment.*
•Includes all the brackets necessary for a complete axle swap including upper and lower control arm mounts, shock mounts, anti-sway bar mounts, tracbar mount, and coil spring mounts.
•Save hours of installation time. Brackets are jigged into truss and set exact position automatically. All other brackets just need to line up to truss, no guessing and measuring involved.
•Tracbar mount includes both factory location and lifted bracket location for those who have aftermarket lifts.
•Easily upgradeable for future link geometry changes. Just trim off factory location upper link mounts and weld on new centered link mounts.
•Truss is reinforced using interlocked 1/4 thick gussets for maximum strength and easy assembly.
•Overall low profile design means your axle is stronger, sleaker, easier to fit into any vehicle, and less likely to interfere with vehicle components.

NOTE: This kit requires general welding and fabrication skills. Welding should only be done by a competent welder. Artec Industries implies no guarantees or warranties and is not liable for improper installation.
*Some grinding and fitment may be required when installing this kit. Every axle varies slightly and some fabrication may be required. Will require brake line relocation to fit.

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Introductory Sale - $263.99, normally $329.99. Shipments begin August 29th, 2011



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Unread 08-12-2011, 02:29 PM   #2
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Wow, apparently this was a very much needed product. Thanks for the orders last night and this morning. Call us if you have any questions.

One question we had this morning was...are the coil plates part of the truss or separate?

The coil plates are separate from the truss. Here is the beauty of the design.
Normally with other 8.8 bracket kits you have to measure everything to find out the exact positioning of each bracket. This can be a challenge because the 8.8 axle is offset a few inches from the dana 35 so things are not as simple.

With our truss though, it couldn't be easier. Simply jig the truss together with the integrated upper control arm mounts. Tack weld the long truss gussets together and the whole truss holds together. Drop the truss right on the axle and it automatically locates the upper link brackets. Next all you need to do is butt up the coil link brackets next to the sides of the truss. The coil plates are automatically located, no calculations required.

This can really speed up the time it takes to install this kit and it saves you trial and error time too. We built this kit with the installation in mind and knew that just copying the stock brackets would not be enough. Plus for about the same price as other kits out there you get 1/4" material instead of 3/16" and a truss too. The truss is not only good for strengthening the axle, but it also allows for a mounting position for those who choose later to have more triangulated upper control arms and want to mount brackets on the truss top.

If you know someone with a stock rear axle, do them a favor and let them know about our 8.8 swap kit.
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Unread 08-12-2011, 07:12 PM   #3
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That thing is the tits. If only I didnt already have my 8.8 in...
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Unread 08-12-2011, 07:30 PM   #4
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this is a killer kit, will their be a future option to omit the uca brackets and trackbar bracket for triangulated uca upper brackets?
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Unread 08-12-2011, 07:38 PM   #5
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this is a killer kit, will their be a future option to omit the uca brackets and trackbar bracket for triangulated uca upper brackets?
Yes we will have a version for those who have already made that change. The cool thing about this version is that if you aren't ready to do a triangulated upper link conversion yet, you can still do the swap and later down the road when you want to make that change, simply cut off the factory positioned upper mounts and panhard mount and weld on some of our upper link mounts. In essence, its ready for your future plans.

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awesome, im still about a year out unfortunately from my swap, but now I know exactly which truss/bracket setup I will use, great product!
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thanks for the compliments.
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Unread 08-13-2011, 12:08 PM   #8
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Like i said on Pirate, you guys do amazing work. Love my new Battery tray. looking forward to the YJ SUA version of the truss
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My 8.8 is already installed but at that price I might buy one of these just in case.
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I will be ordering this in the VERY near future. Getting ready to swap in an 8.8 and would like to make it as simple as possible.
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Wow, this is REALLY awesome. I know what I'll be buying when I do my 8.8 swap in the near future. I'm still drooling over that awesome design total awesomeness of the whole kit.
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I am sure glad I seen this.

Thank you so much. I have already picked up the axle out of a 2000 Mountaineer and this truss kit will help me greatly. Does anyone have an easy fix for the E brake cable on the 8.8?

Thank again.
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Thanks for the compliments.

Quick question on a YJ version. Are most people doing SUA or SOA? It'll definitely make a difference in Truss width.
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Thank you so much. I have already picked up the axle out of a 2000 Mountaineer and this truss kit will help me greatly. Does anyone have an easy fix for the E brake cable on the 8.8?

Thank again.
ECGS is a good source for all the other components such as brake stuff, gears, and yoke or adapters.
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