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Hey H8monday!!!!

Where abouts do I find a Ford 8.8? Are they all the same from 1995 and up? Also, how hard is it to find gears and lockers for them? Can I change the rear and leave the front for a while? Thanks a bunch!

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Re: Hey H8monday!!!!

The 8.8 of choice is from a 95 or newer Ford Explorer. Those are the ones with Disc Brakes and the the 31 spline axles. You will need to have matched gears front and back. SO it depends on what bgeras you are currently running. The Explorer usually came with 3.73 gears, but there are a few that came with a 4.10 option. Yes parts are very readily available for the 8.8 form all of the usuall sources. I have been brutal on my 8.8(4.56 gears and detroit) all summer long and it has been as solid as a rock.

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Re: Hey H8monday!!!!

So where exactly is a good place to look for an 8.8? Since it's out of a new truck how do I find one? Thanx a bunch. Do I need to watch out for different sline counts or anything?

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Re: Hey H8monday!!!!

NO nothing special to have to look for.
If its an Explorer it will have the 8.8 and it will have 31 splines(it will probably have 3.73 gears and a trac Lock diff).
If its a 95 or newer then it will have Disc Brakes.
The earlier 8.8 without discs dont have the bearing retainer plates at the disc brake backing plate, so it is vulerable to all of the potential problems of the C clip design, such as the axle shaft(and wheel and hub) walking out if an axle or C clip breaks. With the Disc brake design this problem is eliminated by having the bearings(and axle) retained at the backing plate.
When I have gone looking for them I just go to all of the junk yards in an area.
With all of the firestone tires comming apart on the late model Explorers, their are bound to be many more of them in the junk yards soon(as soon as they arent court exhibits),(dont use the Firestone tires by the way, even if they do come on the axle , if you know what I mean).
You just gotta get out there and beat the bushes James. I have heard the prices going anywhere from $400 to $700, with $550-$600 being about average. They arent laying around everywhere but they are plenty of them out there, I think its been the number one selling SUV a few times the last 5 years.

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Do you think this axle would be enough for an LT1? I'll be needing new axle for rear soon and need to decide on which to go with. I have a CV in the back. ThanX!

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