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post #11 of (permalink) Old 07-09-2001, 12:26 AM
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Re: Ooops! Need bigger tires ?!?

how hard was the 8.8 to get in?

if you cant dodge must be a tranny shop
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Whoaa! Thanks for all the concerns. Maybe it's a sign that I shouldn't be driving this thing on the street anyway... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] Hell, I might sneeze and it'll flip over. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img] To answer the questions it is a full width axle out of a '97 Exploder that is still about an inch narrower than the stock YJ but you can hardly tell. It was a beast to put in only because I was doing it alone and this thing weighs a little. Once I bolted it up I used the two jacks to lift the spring packs to relieve the axle so I can center it with a pry bar and angle the pinion with another jack. First when I unbolted the old axle and was ready to roll it out I realized that it will not clear the rear bumper so I lifted the back with the High-Lift but then the jack was in the way. I kind of wiggled the axle out sideways to get it out. I used a little Red-Rider toy cart I found in my back yard to dolly the new axle under the jeep and then put the tires on. Btw, I have 2.5" lift springs. I still have to hook up the breaks (which will be fun) and swap the front over (even more fun).

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Re: Ooops! Need bigger tires ?!?

This is why you should always have a set of stock tires laying in the garage. air them babies down and you should have no problem at all. Also don't forget that once you drive it around with the SOA it will sag the springs a little more and it shouldn't sit quite so high.

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Re: Ooops! Need bigger tires ?!?

One nice thing about that 8.8 is that it's got the fill plug up front, so if it does sit at that much of an angle, you shouldn't have as much of a problem with oil starvation, as you would if the fill plug were in back - wouldn't be able to put as much oil in it...

Hopefully I'll get to my 8.8 soon. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img] It's still sitting in the garage.


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the floor jack thing worked for me

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