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    the good thing about these rearends is that them being in mustangs has made them plentiful, and aftermarkets parts are easier/cheaper to find. that is what i'm gonna put in my pickup soon. from what i've heard that most 95 and newer come only with the popular ratios, 3.42, 3.73, and like 4.11 and posi is std. sounds like a good deal to me.
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    Originally posted by tippmann243
    for what ive read all the explorer rears are 31 spline

    anyone else confirm that
    http://www.enjenjo.com/9inch.html#8.8

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    good to know

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    http://www.therangerstation.com/tech_library/Axles.html

    http://www.therangerstation.com/tech...axleguide.html

    this is an article about welding the tubes
    http://www.4x4wire.com/jeep/tech/axle/ford8_8/

    All Explorer's are equipped with a 31-spline 8.8-Inch axle.

    The rear axles on all Ford Explorers are also 8.8's, however there are some differences... _The 8.8-inch Explorer axle use 31-spline axle shaft. _Increasing from a 28-spline to a 31-spline axle allegedly increases strength of the axle shaft by 34%, however I'll go by the capacity ratings of the axle assemblies provided by the manufacturer._ Ford Rates the Ranger axle at 2750lbs and the Explorer axle at 3200lbs this is a 16% increase in strength, which admittedly may be as conservative _
    as the estimate of axle strength._ The Important thing about the Explorer axle assembly vis-a-vie it's strength is not the axles that are larger at the splines but that these axles are larger in diameter at the outer bearing journal AND the larger diameter bearings used.
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    thanks for the info, thats good to know

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    this is a straight bolt in? what is the width?
    interesting...

    Originally posted by tippmann243
    its a good swap they are just as strong as a chevy 12 bolt, cheeper and easier to find plus they are a straight bolt in mod
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    straigt bolt in

    the rear drums use the same cables as s10 cables

    and the rear is the same width as a 4x4 s-series rer end

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    Originally posted by tippmann243
    and the rear is the same width as a 4x4 s-series rer end
    how much wider is the 4x4 over the 2wd? i know the 8.8 is 3'' wider, per side over the 2wd.
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    Originally posted by BlazerINtheWork
    how much wider is the 4x4 over the 2wd? i know the 8.8 is 3'' wider, per side over the 2wd.
    I think you answered your own question there...

    if the 8.8 is the same width as a s-series 4x4...and a 8.8 is 3" wider per side than a 2wd.....that would have to mean a 4x4 s-series is also 3" wider per side than a 2wd...


    Is that what you were refering to?
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    Originally posted by winditup57
    I think you answered your own question there...

    if the 8.8 is the same width as a s-series 4x4...and a 8.8 is 3" wider per side than a 2wd.....that would have to mean a 4x4 s-series is also 3" wider per side than a 2wd...


    Is that what you were refering to?
    wanted to confirm that the 4x4 rear is also 3'' wider per side.
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    if memory serves me correctly a 2wd rear is 54 1/2" and a 4x4 rear is like 59" drum surface to drum surface

    and the ford rear i measured from drum surface to drum surface was also 59"

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    ok, cool. i am going to pick up my 8.8 this weekend, 3:73's and disc baby!
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    make sue you measure a 4x4 s-series rear and the for rear before, because many people ahve gotten many diff measuremnets

    i measured a 91 4x4 5.0 explorer with drums

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    this one measured to be about 61'' from outside of each disc, so assuming each disc is one inch thick..

    worst comes to worst, i know someone who narrowed thier own 9'', might get them to do mine:D
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    ive never seen a complete disc rear yet, so i have yet to get measurements

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