Ford 8.8 Question
What would be the "smartest" gear and tire size to match up with an 8.8" axle? (What i mean by smartest is , not to over stress the axle with a tire too large or a gear too tall).
What i was thinking about doing though, is going to a 5.14 gear and putting on 40's!
I have an 88 F/S Bronco, running a built 351W.....carbed, with TFS heads, Venolia pistons, Eagle rods, Deamon 750, BG Enduro fuel pump, Sanderson "blockhugger" rear dump headers, and dual 3" Flowmaster 40 series Delta Flow mufflers.
So far the axle has been strong, and able to handle the power! Other than that, i am running a front "straight" Dana 44 with a 4.55 ratio, and the 8.8 with 31 spline Moser axle shafts and a 4.56 ratio. Tires are 35x14.50x15 Swamper SSR's.
The guy i had do the work prior had retired, and since moved, so i have called several different places with getting a different responce every time!
(one said yes, the other said it would pull my axle shafts like on jeeps, the other said it won't handle anything over a 4.56, and the other said i would need to constantly need to change the gear oil and replace bearings? "i have never heard of that before! And that shop has been around since 1985?")!
I would appreciate any info!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!