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So an 8.8 on 33"s will be about the same clearance wise as a D35 on 31"s I've never really noticed a lack of clearance with the D35 and 31s

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What is the best bracket kit for the 8.8. Is there anything else I'd need for the swap?
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What is the best bracket kit for the 8.8. Is there anything else I'd need for the swap?
I have used the Ironrock Offroad bracket kit and I think it's a good kit.

You need to do the SYE and double cardan driveshaft at the same time you do the 8.8 swap. You are going to need those things anyway with a 3.5" lift. Do the super short so you don't have to do it twice.
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Yeah I know I need those two, I need to read up more on those and figure out the difference between the SYE and SSYE. I'm almost there though and will probably pick up an ox locker down the road. Do you know what type of LSD is in the 8.8's. Would I still be beneficial if it comes with one or is it a clutch pack type that will be burnt out
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You might need a pair of wheel spacers depending on your rims and tire size. The 8.8 is narrower and you want to make sure your tires don't rub on your upper spring buckets.
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My wheels have 3.25" BS I think. Is it noticeably narrower
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With the Iron Rock Offroad bracket kit it states that it gives half an inch of lift over stock. Is this due to the lower spring perches just being half an inch higher than they are on my D35. It states that the half inch lift includes the diameter of the axle tube. So should I be factoring this lift in with my stuff, so for example if I want 3.5" of lift, should I get 3" springs
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With the Iron Rock Offroad bracket kit it states that it gives half an inch of lift over stock. Is this due to the lower spring perches just being half an inch higher than they are on my D35. It states that the half inch lift includes the diameter of the axle tube. So should I be factoring this lift in with my stuff, so for example if I want 3.5" of lift, should I get 3" springs
The axle tubes are a larger diameter, so the perch sets higher than it would on a smaller diameter tube. I would factor the difference into your lift plan.

The super short SYE in necessary if you tummy tuck and lift. The standard SYE has to steep an angle and won't allow enough travel at full droop to avoid binding the joints.

The difference is 5/8" per side. Not really a big difference, but a 1/2" spacer would make it invisible if the difference is something that bothers you. Most will never notice unless you tell them. With that little back spacing it would be a non issue clearance wise.
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Ok I'll factor in the half inch lift into my plan. Any suggestions on which say and drive shaft is best. I've heard good things about the tom woods shafts.
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Ok I'll factor in the half inch lift into my plan. Any suggestions on which say and drive shaft is best. I've heard good things about the tom woods shafts.
Tatton is another good one. JB conversions is the SYE I would recommend.
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As far as the 8.8 being narrower is there any way to get that extra half inch or so of length on each side utilizing the stock wheel studs. I'm not a big fan of wheel spacers due to the horror stories I've heard from them failing
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As far as the 8.8 being narrower is there any way to get that extra half inch or so of length on each side utilizing the stock wheel studs. I'm not a big fan of wheel spacers due to the horror stories I've heard from them failing
Get an adjustable track bar and it probably won't matter.
If it does, trim the coil bucket a bit.


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Get an adjustable track bar and it probably won't matter.
If it does, trim the coil bucket a bit.
No, I meant like a way to make up for the driveshaft being narrower than the D35. Is there a way to make the rear wheel width equal or close to equal to the front wheel width without using wheel spacers, or is that the only way to do it?
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Just checked LKQ and they want $400 for a Ford 8.8..... I went to the pick a part down the street and I think I saw one underneath a 1997 Explorer, but I don't know the gear ratio. They weren't a lot of help with information, but they only want $150 for it. I priced new pads, rotors, and calipers for it at $135. I could wait until their half price day and grab it for $75, then the total swap would be about $450 with the differential, brakes, and the bracket kit. Anything else I'm forgetting?
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As far as the 8.8 being narrower is there any way to get that extra half inch or so of length on each side utilizing the stock wheel studs. I'm not a big fan of wheel spacers due to the horror stories I've heard from them failing
Nothing wrong with quality spacers properly installed. Horror stories have other root causes.
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