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    Originally posted by BlazerINtheWork
    i am going to say its a 2wd since it came out of a turbo coupe(car). i'm not sure on that first question, since this is the first one i even got to measure. i wasn't even planing to look at them for about 3 or 4 months. this one just fell in my lap and i could not pass it up.
    makes a little more sence on why the rear is wider, i was measuring early 90's 4x4 v8 explorers

    i was thinking there is no way disc would make it that much wider

    good find anyways :bigthumb:

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    I'd honestly look for a 2wd Blazer rear that is an 8.5" before I'd do the work for an 8.8".. Especially Kyle being in Florida. Not sure about SoLoud, I dunno how their weather is adn how many 2wd trucks/blazers would be available around there.


    But those 2wd 8.5" rears are nice, straight bolt in, easy to convert to disc brakes. No cutting down, no redrilling, nothing. And I know of a place by me taht I can get one with 32,000 miles on it for like $250

    Edit: I think you might have to have a different U-Joint on the rear end for 97 and older blazers. I'm not sure why I'm thinking of this at the moment, but yall might want to check that out if your looking into a 8.5" chevy rear.
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    this is all true, but its easier to find an 8.8, its cheeper, and stronger then an 8.5

    an 8.5 may be a direct bolt in but most came with a 3.08 g80 diff and the g80 is shit anyways

    where as the 8.8 comes with a good posi and comes in gears like 3.55 3.73 and 4.10 prolly other gears but im not sure they are much more abundant also, just look at how many exploders are in a wrecking yard

    so lets crunch some numbers
    8.5 rear end complete 300 bucks
    gears 200
    insall kit 100
    posi 300-400

    right there you looking at 600-700 if you can find one

    ford 8.8 fond one thats posi and has your gear ratio 300 bucks

    thats my reasoning fr why the ford rear is better

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    Originally posted by tippmann243
    this is all true, but its easier to find an 8.8, its cheeper, and stronger then an 8.5

    an 8.5 may be a direct bolt in but most came with a 3.08 g80 diff and the g80 is shit anyways

    where as the 8.8 comes with a good posi and comes in gears like 3.55 3.73 and 4.10 prolly other gears but im not sure they are much more abundant also, just look at how many exploders are in a wrecking yard

    so lets crunch some numbers
    8.5 rear end complete 300 bucks
    gears 200
    insall kit 100
    posi 300-400

    right there you looking at 600-700 if you can find one

    ford 8.8 fond one thats posi and has your gear ratio 300 bucks

    thats my reasoning fr why the ford rear is better

    Fair enough. But how much will it cost (and I seriously dont know this) to have the rear shortened and then re-drilled for a Chevy Bolt Pattern?
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    All this debate is why I am just gonna buy a narrowed 9" that is a direct bolt in for my Blazer..no need to deal with wrong offsets, bolt patterns..nothing.

    An I will still have less that $1000 in my rear end without worries... Then if I want to swap gears..it is a 1/2hr job.

    I will have no problem spendin a little extra to have my Blazer have the right offset wheels for a 2wd...I am not into the whole fwd/4x4 look you will have with a rear that is too wide. Not to mention. you will have to buy spacers for the front so it matches the back.
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    the ones ive been measuring are the same width as a 4x4 rear end so they dont need to be narrowed, and ive been quoted 60 bucks to redrillboth axels for the chevy bolt patern

    so your looking at a stong bolt in rear end for fairly cheep

    if i could find an 8.5 rear i would snathc one up, but i have yet to find one and ive been loking for about a year

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    Originally posted by winditup57
    I will have no problem spendin a little extra to have my Blazer have the right offset wheels for a 2wd...I am not into the whole fwd/4x4 look you will have with a rear that is too wide. Not to mention. you will have to buy spacers for the front so it matches the back.
    this all is a valid point, but i want to run f body wheels w/ out adapters on the rear (dosent seem to safe when racing)

    thats why ive looked into this so much

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    Everybody has there own way of doing things...for your reason..makes sense... for mine..no


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    the redrilling is pretty cheap like tippmann said. you can still have some lip on the rim and run this rear, just have to take a minute and measure out what BS you can run.


    as far as the 8.5 goes, tippmann hit it on the head. i've also looked around for an 8.5 alot, and they are pretty rare around here. the ones i do find are bone stock and $600.
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    and if you have 4wd its even more perfect ;)


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    Can you get the 8.8 with 3.42 gears??

    If not, than if you are running 4wd or AWD, you don't have much choice if have to match front and rear gears...
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    Originally posted by sterling
    Can you get the 8.8 with 3.42 gears??

    If not, than if you are running 4wd or AWD, you don't have much choice if have to match front and rear gears...

    I think 3.42's are a GM specific gear set. I don't think that Ford would have them.
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    Originally posted by S/T Lover
    I think 3.42's are a GM specific gear set. I don't think that Ford would have them.
    correct, ford does not have 3.42, they run a 3.55 ratio

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    It looks like an 8.8 is out of the question for me since I have 3.42 gears front and rear. Any other options besides an 8.5??
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    Originally posted by sterling
    It looks like an 8.8 is out of the question for me since I have 3.42 gears front and rear. Any other options besides an 8.5??

    Dont use 4wd....might be able to compensate with different tire sizes too:confused:
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