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    My Ford 8.8 swap write-up

    Hi guys. I finished my write-up on my 7.5 to Explorer 8.8 rear swap. I did it to share it with everyone my experience and I figure a lot of you may find it helpful if you're looking to do a fairly simple rear end swap without having to narrow or heavily modify parts.

    Here it is. http://24.16.249.197/axleswap/index.htm
    EDIT: that link went down, now rehosted at:
    http://www.knant.com/axleswap/index.htm

    Enjoy!

    Images may be a little slow to load, let me know if it's deathly slow or dies I may have to change servers.
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    8.8's are great rear ends. I have one in my 5.0, and it has over 260,000 KMS and is still rock solid. I know of many people with very high mileage 8.8's and over 400 HP...No one has had a problem yet.

    Im going to rebuild it in a few weeks, but that is only because i will have it all apart for the 4.10 gears I am throwing in.
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    very cool. i definitely agree with that. ive seen the mustang guys really beat on them and they have the 28 spline axles. the explorer rear comes with 31 spline stock which helps even more. aftermarket is always a good idea but i think theyre pretty rock solid until youve got a monster drag strip vehicle

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    Veryt Very nice...:D

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    Nice writeup, sexy legs..... :rofl:

    Too bad that won't work for my blazer, rear tires are already sucked up against the fenderlip.

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    very good write up on it.. im sure there are alot of guys that will benifite from it. since alot of guys talk about it and ask but very few have actually done the swap.

    i too did the 8.8 swap. but i did it little diffrently. :D
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    Grappler, not everyone is willing to reweld the back of their frame to put in independant suspension! :bigthumb:
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    8.8 swap

    On that universal joint that adapts to the Ford pinion flange, what do you ask for, is their a #, or a year/ model that it fits
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    Re: 8.8 swap

    Originally posted by billp
    On that universal joint that adapts to the Ford pinion flange, what do you ask for, is their a #, or a year/ model that it fits
    Yes, sorry I will update the page with that info. It's part #372 from Napa. Hope you have a Napa because other than that I don't know what # it would be.

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    ran the part # at nappa and came up with a u-joint # PUJ372
    $22.95
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    Originally posted by billp
    ran the part # at nappa and came up with a u-joint # PUJ372
    $22.95
    Sounds exactly right to me :)

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    checked out a rear on 8.8 explorer, The rear measured like 56" backing plate to backing plate. The article said it was 3" bigger than a 2wd blaze which measures 48" inches backing plate to backing plate.The springs perches are about right. Where am I going wrong!
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    billip when ever or if you do this, post pics. i plan to do the same swap.




    Great article man:bigthumb: very helpfull
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    8.8 swap

    I will, but the 8.8 rear was supposed to measure like 51", about 3" bigger than the S10 rear. That is definatly not what i found


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    That is weird. I'm starting to wonder about these things. I have had one other person say the same to me, yet 2 others that have swapped it without problems same as me.

    I do not know if they differ in width from years, but I wouldn't think so. Mine came from a '92. Did yours have disc or drum brakes?

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