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Unread 01-09-2003, 10:16 PM   #1
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ford 8.8 brackets for TJ

has anybody seen ford 8.8 brackets for less than 200?

I am going to probably put in a super 35 kit next week - putting an 8.8 in the TJ is still to expensive. besides I can put in the super35 with detroit for 650 installed. the 8.8 is looking like a grand with all the hardware that you have to get.

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Unread 01-09-2003, 11:27 PM   #2
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I'd like to know where you get a Super 35 for $650 installed. The cheapest I found was $800 + install.
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Unread 01-09-2003, 11:39 PM   #3
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I have hooked up with a great little shop here local - he is a dealer for yukon and superior, others. He already had it and gave me a deal since I am getting all my work done there. The kit itself will have a 5 year warranty, full floating rear end, timkens, full detroit - all for 450 + 200 install. and it turns out he makes bumpers for other companies (names you would know) so I am going to put together a custom tube wraparound bumper and weld it up myself after he bends my tube. I am also getting a chromoloy tie rod with johny joints on it - $130 (installed). But I also get in and help where I can when my jeep is there so that may affect my price.

I want the 8.8 but everybody tells me I can step up to 33s with a super 35 no problem.
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Unread 01-10-2003, 07:20 AM   #4
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I'm doing the super 35 with Detroit and gear change (4.10's) in a week. You will be able to go to 35's without a problem. I've talked personally with peple that have the kit and run 35's and have no problems. The 35 kit is not going to break. Yes the housing is not a 44 or 8.8 but the insides are going to be comparable. I know all the 8.8 fans are going to chime in but both axles are c clip and I didn't wnat to change to another c clip axle. I looke into a 44 from another TJ but it was too expensive. With gears lockers and axle 2k+ (rear only), I'm doing both axles with Detroits in both and gears for under 2k.
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Unread 01-10-2003, 09:15 AM   #5
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A grand??? No. Close if you need to regear it and throw in a locker.

My axle cost me $300, M.O.R.E. has the brackets for $300 its 3.73 so it matches my front (yes you can find 4.10 for just a little bit more) ...but look at the benefits...

Axle Type------------------Dana 35---------Dana 44-----------8.8 Ford
Weight---------------------155lbs-----------167lbs-------------174lbs
Ring Gear Dia-------------7.56"-------------8.5"----------------8.8"
Ring Gear Bolts-----------(8) 3/8"----------(10) 3/8"---------(10) 7/16"
Pinion Diameter----------1.406" / 26-------1.375" / 30-------1.625" / 30
----------------------------Spline-------------Spline-------------Spline
Axle Diamter--------------1.160" / 27-------1.310" / 30---------1.320" / 31
----------------------------Spline-------------Spline-------------Spline
Axle Strength (max ft.lbs) 4,161------------5,982----------------6,122
Tube Diameter-------------2.5"-------------2.75"-------------3.25"
Factory Discs Available------no--------------no---------------yes ('95+)


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Ford 8.8 Ring Gear on the left, Dana 35 on the right



Ford 8.8 Ring Gear on the left, Dana 35 on the right


Ford 8.8 Spider Gears and axle shaft on the right, Dana35 on the left WOW
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Unread 01-10-2003, 09:36 AM   #6
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You forget Detroit does away with spiders and carrier which is the main weak point of a 35.
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Unread 01-10-2003, 09:42 AM   #7
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and the super 35 also upgrades to 1.31" axle shafts.. I don't think that .01" will make much of a difference (not that I'm a fan of the super 35, I still think it's a cheap fix)


Also just to update your info, the D44 does come with Disc Brakes
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Unread 01-10-2003, 09:46 AM   #8
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for me it came down to $$

since I am getting my super35 so cheap (650-installed) it makes more sense...If I was paying 799 plus 300 install then an 8.8 would make more sense.
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Also keep in mind, though the 8.8" is also a c-clip axle, if you get a 95 and older with disc brakes, the discs will retain the axle shaft in the event of breakage. This effectively eliminates the disadvantage of a c-clip.
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Unread 01-13-2003, 07:54 PM   #10
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With an 8.8, you need a SYE, don't you. A guy I know installed one in his TJ, and the pumpkin is offset to one side about 1.25", just enough to make some pretty good vibes. Thats the reason I am not going 8.8, the addedd cost of the SYE. Just my usually unuseful thoughts.

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