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Re: Ford 8.8 Question
I ran a 31 spline, disc brake, Explorer 8.8 for almost 3 years with awsome reliabilty.
I ran the axle with up through 36x12.50 SX tires, with never a single breakage. That axle spent time on over a hundred Johnson Valley rides, on Jack hammer, Sledge, Wrecking Ball, and all of the other torture trails out there.
Much of that time the axle was at the recieving end of a 300hp V8, 140:1 crawl ratio, and some very aggressive trail time.
You would have to tear the brake calipers off of the axle (which I have done), before the C clips would even be subjected to lateral loads at the diff.
And as was stated earlier, when I finaly did break the axle shafts, I was able to drive out of the trail in two wheel drive with calipers retaining the axle and hub assembly.
I would recommend that axle to anyone running up through 36"-37" tires,under any trail conditions.