Would a Ford 8.8 3:08 work?
I have not given up on the spider gear set replacement, but a '85 8.8 axle from a F-150 with 3:08 gears is available in my area. With some fabrication/welding to get it to fit, could this rear be a suitable swap that would mean I would not need to mess with the front? The current rear is 3:07.
Update - in reading more on 8.8 swaps, it sounds like the 8.8 F-150 axle is not ideal. I need a 8.8 Explorer axle. Did they make one for the Explorer with 3:08 gears?