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    Originally posted by droppeddragon04
    hey man the write up want open for me i think it may be to old, can you email it, or something or give me a brief summary of what has to be done to swap these rears, thanks alot
    sorry i had my server down for a day, try it again.

    http://24.16.249.197/axleswap/index.htm

    if it still doesn't work i will be happy to e-mail it to you or link it elsewhere

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    ok
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    I did this swap after blowing two 7.5's behind a 350. It took a day to pull the old one and install the 8.8. The hardest part was finding the flange, I went to the dealer and it was only $40.

    And the posi works!
    '88 S10, 350, NV3500, Ford 8.8 posi, lowered with 100 spokes

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    so the ford rear end is the same width as a 4x4 s-seres rear end?

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    the way i understood it was:

    the the 2wd 8.8 is 3'' wider than the 2wd s-series 7.5, thats 1.5'' per side. the 4x4 s-series rear end is 4'' wider than the 2wd s-series(2'' per side). and the 8.8 4x4 rear is wider than them all.

    edit, i still plan to do this eventually. want to get the motor in and see what the ole 7.5 will take
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    The 8.8 is 6" wider than a 2WD. 3" each side. Read the first section of the write up.
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    i was reading on s10 forum and somone said the measurement of the ford axel were 59 1/2 mount face to mounting face (end of the drums)

    which is almost the same size of a 4x4 rear end if im not mistaken, arent those 59" drum face to drum face?


    if thats the case ill go pull one and run some 4th gen f body wheels out back and then put em up front with adapter

    so what i was asking is what is the measurement of the mounting points? because backing plate measurements can be mis leading

    http://www.s10forum.com/forum/showth...light=8.8+SWAP
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    did some measuring yesterday and a 4x4 s-series rear is 59 1/2 from drum face to drum face

    and a 4x4 rear from a 91 explorer is 59" close enough for me

    ill just run a set of 4th gen f body wheels in back and adapter up front with the same wheels

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    hell yes!!!

    I think i just got a new near future project:D

    So i wont have to get anything for mine, or will i need 1inch spacers?


    89' S10 blazer 4wd: 355, 650 dp, rpm intake, comp 282 roller cam, modified vortecs, T56 Six speed, 8.8 ls rear, headers, x-pipe, spintech pro street mufflers, and......AC

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    just to clarify from what i understand the 4by s rear is 59 and a half, and the 2wd is 54, i went through alot of this when i was tryin very unsuccessfully to get rid of a junk 4by with discs rear-59 and a half wide(out of a 00 blaze)
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    Originally posted by Superbee
    hell yes!!!

    I think i just got a new near future project:D

    So i wont have to get anything for mine, or will i need 1inch spacers?
    you might have to get spacers since you have the 4x4 front suspecshin, nad the front wheels already stick out farter and the 1/2" may make it look worse

    the only problem i see is the spring perch mounts are 1/2" narrower on the ford rear end, so im gonna wallow out the hole a tad bit and then give the leafs a tug and everything should work fine

    i am going to go back to the junk yard and do some more measuring

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    cool, let us know what you get. I think im gonna go tomarrow maybe.

    The size will be perfect, now i can get some big ass meats for the back and not hit the fenders.


    89' S10 blazer 4wd: 355, 650 dp, rpm intake, comp 282 roller cam, modified vortecs, T56 Six speed, 8.8 ls rear, headers, x-pipe, spintech pro street mufflers, and......AC

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    going out of town this weekend and im gonna b prety drunk most of the weekend, but ill get back out there and get some more measurements the following weekend

    the best part is i noticed a few of the explores hada 3rd shock mounted to the front of the pumpkin, you could get that shock with the rear fab up a mount and have better traction

    with this swap you get
    stronger rear
    better breaks
    better traction
    better gears
    better posi

    and they quoted me 200 if they pull it and 175 if i do it myself

    i could sell the rear in my truck for like 100 so that will cover the cost of getting the axels redrilled

    woot

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    this has probably been covered, but what extra effort do you have to do for the disc breaks, and also, they are going to have a different width then right?


    89' S10 blazer 4wd: 355, 650 dp, rpm intake, comp 282 roller cam, modified vortecs, T56 Six speed, 8.8 ls rear, headers, x-pipe, spintech pro street mufflers, and......AC

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