Ford 8.8- Attn H8MONDAY, et al.
Hello guys (and girls),
Just received my Ford 8.8 from a 95 Explorer (15K miles) with 3.73 and a trak-lok. My concern is that a few of the attachments on the axle are in pretty rough shape (purchased it from out-of-state BUT was "assured" it was in great working condition) from a front-hit Explorer.
The axle tubing and pumpkin itself look as if they're in decent shape but here are my concerns:
1. The backing plates are bent up (either from getting dragged around in the salvage yard OR (but hopefully not) from a rear hit or roll over.
2. The calipers are missing entirely.
3. The rotors are pretty rusty.
4. The axle tubing may or may not be bent (due to a possible roll, dragging, rear-hit, etc.)
5. The brake lines and ?breather hose? are pretty chewed up.
I just pried the backing plates straight and removed the diff cover. The axles spin fine-- there is some sand in the pass. side tube. Where is the C-clip on the 8.8 so I can back the axle out and inspect it? What's the best way to clean out the inside of the diff? I don't want to pull all the gears and screw something up and be force to pay more money to reinstall the same gears. Also, the axle is supposed to have a trak-lok yet both axles spin in the same direction when I spin them. That's not normal is it? I know that the 8.8 has no carrier break so I'm a bit confused as to what to look for inside the pumpkin itself.
1. Is there anything that I should inspect particularly closely to ensure that the axle is in solid working condition?
2. Besides free spinning the axles is there any other test that I could perform to figure out if the tubing and housing are bent?
3. Anything else that I should be aware of when inspecting the axle?
I've read all the previous posts concerning the 8.8s but would like to address my concerns specifically about my application.
Thanks for the help,
94 4.0 YJ
2" Rusty's AALs, 1 1/4" JKS BL, 32-11.50 BFG MTs, Gibson cat-back, CB, hi-lift & assorted recovery stuff... and a Ford 8.8 waiting to be installed
"Mediocre driving makes any trail (sidewalks included) a challenge!"
94 YJ 4.0
32s, typical "stuff" and an 8.8 waiting to be installed