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Found 8.8 for $300...HELP!

Okay, I found a Ford 8.8 rearend for $300 and most likely have a way to get it home. Should I do it? Or should I search for a set of 44s? Is that 8.8 really that stout? What about axle tubes, u-joints, etc? Should I try and find a front 44 or wait? I could always have one shipped. A guy at jeepsunlimited.com gave me a website that ships for pretty cheap. Like $40 an axle. What's everyone think? I need help fast since the guy that would be hauling them back leaves the end of the day...Thanks!!!

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Re: Found 8.8 for $300...HELP!

What did it come from and what year?????
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Re: Found 8.8 for $300...HELP!

It came from a 1994 Ford Ranger. Kewl huh? Okay, that'd be too narrow and have no discs. It came from a '95 or '96 Ford Explorer. I can get 3.55s or 3.73s. I think those were the ratios. Neither one helps me any cause I got 3.07s. Think I should jump on it? What do I look for? What are your opinions on a front axle, H8? Get the 8.8 and maybe a 44 up front or try and find a set of 44s? Like I said, he leaves the end of the week so I need to figure this out.

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Re: Found 8.8 for $300...HELP!

h8, what did you do to get around the different wheel lug patterns on your 44 and 8.8? also who has a good price on mrt beadlocks?

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Re: Found 8.8 for $300...HELP!

H8, did you see this kit from MORE? What do you think?

http://www.mountainoffroad.com/catalog/Mounting Hardware-Axle/Mounting Hardware.htm

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Re: Found 8.8 for $300...HELP!

James,
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.
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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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Re: Found 8.8 for $300...HELP!

Brian I saw an ad in one of the Feb issues of an offroad rag(forget which one, maybe OFF ROAD, I theink National Tire and Wheel had an add for MRTs for $145 for 15x10 with 3 1/2" back spacing and 18 bolt rings(thats what Im running, but with 3" back spacing)

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h8, thanks for the info and the manufacturer of the adapter isn't needed. i was just curious. thanks

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Re: Found 8.8 for $300...HELP!

also thanks for the mrt info. i'll have to start looking. i am selling my dana44, 60, and tires and rims today and am pricing stuff already. i am going to get a 62" wide 14bolt rear and narrow a dana60 front to match. i plan do do my own rear disc's and run 15" wheels. i know i'll have to grind the crap out of the calipers but thats ok. 1ton here i come!

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