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Re: Found 8.8 for $300...HELP!
Jump on that axle, it is a very good axle and, substantialy stronger than a D44 for a rear axle application. The disc brakes are a great set up and will retauin the axle shaft at least long enough to limp out if a C clip were to break, but I have never heard of someone breaking one yet. The axles are strong and 1.31" thick so the area at the clip is not weak. I have never seen the MORE kit but all you need for the swap is perches if you are doing an SOA, and misc brake fittings. If the kit is cheap it may not be a bad idea, just to have all of the parts handy.
To match up the the 5 on 4 1/2 Ford 8.8 pattern to the 5 on 5 1/2 pattern I swapped onto the Grand waggy front D44(or the 6 bolt pattern for that matter), I used a billett aluminum adapter from a manufacturer that my freinds at reno 4 WPW said made the strongest one they had used( I could find out a name for you). I had moser build be a set of high strength axle shafts, but I stayed with the stock configuration so that I could use the adapters for a couple more inches of stance, and so that I could still use my stock axles in emergencies. So far so good
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