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post #1 of 4 Old 11-29-2009, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Ford 8.8 backing plate--removal?

I'm in the middle of my 8.8 swap and have new disk backing plates with the drum brake components built on that I ordered from Currie. Now my question is, how do I take off the old backing plates? I've searched but couldn't find the answer. Thanks.

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post #2 of 4 Old 11-30-2009, 12:34 AM
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remove all of the drum brake stuff and unbolt the backing plate. youll have to have the axles removed to get them off though unless you cut them. but youll have to have them removed to install the new stuff anyway.

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post #3 of 4 Old 11-30-2009, 06:10 AM Thread Starter
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Is there a write up on axle removal?
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Axle is simple.
Just pop the diff cover.
remove the cross pin retaining bolt.
Remove cross pin.
push in on the axle shafts at the lug area. Spin a little. Then look in the diff and remove the C clips.
Once they are removed pull axle out.
If your explorer axle had disk brakes there will be a smaller set of drum brakes.
To remove those take the little clips off the pointy metal spears(they look like spears to me).
Then the bottom spring and adjuster.
Then pry the shoes off. Those top 2 springs are a pain, I just left them on and removed them as a

The backing plate is held on with 4 bolts that are simple once all the stuff is out of way.
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