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Unread 09-17-2006, 01:43 AM   #1
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Ford 8.8 swap

OK. So my spider gears went from talking to me to yelling very loadly. I need to do something pretty soon or I will be walking one of these days. Has anyone here done the Exploder 8.8 swap into a TJ. 373:1 gears are pretty common in the Exploders, so that is one less thing I have to do right now. I guess what I need to know is if the yoke on the diff needs to be changed out or is it good? Brake lines probably bolt right on. What about the perportioning valve? Does it need changed? What did you use?
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Unread 09-17-2006, 05:41 AM   #2
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there is a great sticky on JU with all the 8.8 info you could want. I would have posted the link but the sight is down again. I think any explorer after 95 has disc brakes so look for that. There is an adapter flange needed for the rear driveshaft.

a lot of great info can be found here too, including a part number for the adapter flange.
http://www.stu-offroad.com/axle/8.8axle/8.8axle-1.htm

I used my brakelines, but my sway bar did not fit. Also, the E-brake cables do not work (at least they would on mine since I went from drum to disc). I think you can get ZJ cables in the years 95-98. I am about to pick some up and try that.

good luck! jim
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Unread 09-17-2006, 07:27 AM   #3
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the 8.8 is far from a direct bolt in, you have to cut the old brackets off the 8.8 and weld new ones on (run about $275+)
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Unread 09-17-2006, 07:43 AM   #4
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Or, if you are lazy like me, you can buy one ready to bolt in from a shop like OK4WD for around $1500.
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Unread 09-17-2006, 09:24 AM   #5
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Or, if you are lazy like me, you can buy one ready to bolt in from a shop like OK4WD for around $1500.

No thanks I like money.
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Unread 09-17-2006, 11:15 AM   #6
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I just got a 8.8 im planning to swap in over time to replace the 35. gotta get the brackets to weld on, brake lines, e brake lines, if its not new, probably disc brake pads and rotors. Ill be throwing in 4.88s so there goes ring and pinion, and install kit as well as the flange to make it adapt to the TJ.


anyone know a site with exactally where to weld the brackets?
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also anyone know the angle to which to weld? stu has 15* but he moved his driveline 2 inches or such? is there a standard angle?
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No thanks I like money.
Not everyone has the time, tools, and location to build their own axle.

I like money, too. I am just glad that I make enough of it to be able to enjoy my free time.
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I will be doing mine in a week or two. I will try and take pics.
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Unread 09-17-2006, 03:49 PM   #10
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you piecin together a 8.8?
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Unread 09-17-2006, 03:51 PM   #11
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also anyone know the angle to which to weld? stu has 15* but he moved his driveline 2 inches or such? is there a standard angle?
When you are talking about modified vehicles, I believe the idea of a "standard" anything kind of goes out the window.

Look at it this way.....if you welded them on so they were the same as a stock axle, and then you lifted the vehicle, say 4", they would be off a fair amount. LOTS of TJ owners drive around with a 4" lift sitting on top of a stock axle. Would it be better if their mounts were better positioned for a 4" lift....certainly. Even if you are off a few degrees, it is a LOT better than being set up stock, right?
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thanks stu, I have a 3inch suspension currently,and I was wondering exactally where to place the brackets other than looking off the D35, I know its not flush the brackets go on an angle correct? anywhere to know where to place them?
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Did you check the write-up on my site? I think you will find it quite helpful. A number of folks have e-mailed me over the years to say it was dead-nuts on for bracket placement.
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yeah i checked it, so those measurements for the placement are where I should place mine?
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The write-up tells you how to obtain the measurements for your axle. It also gives a set of measurements that you can use. The choice is yours.
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