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PostSubject: 8.8 axle swap   Thu 14 Jun 2012, 11:33 am

i recently came across an 8.8 axle from a '99 ford explorer for $120. its geared in 3.73 but the only problem is it's not limited slip. all the 8.8 swaps i've read up on always deal with limited slip axles. is this a deal breaker? or is this irrelevant since i'll be regearing to 4.88 gears and eventually adding a locker down the road?

Pretty new at this so i hope that made sense. Has anyone done this swap before, any help would be appreciated?

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PostSubject: Re: 8.8 axle swap   Thu 14 Jun 2012, 12:04 pm

The limited slips is no real loss. Since you will re-gear anyway just lock it at the same time.

I have done axle swaps, but not on a TJ yet. But this will make it easier
http://www.artecindustries.com/TJ-88-Swap-Kit-with-Truss_p_233.html

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PostSubject: Re: 8.8 axle swap   Thu 14 Jun 2012, 1:49 pm

yea this truss setup is definitely the way to go. you end up spending just as much buying the normal kits. How do you feel about lunchbox lockers or should i go with something like a detroit? Would having a lunchbox locker on a manual transmission affect handling during normal driving conditions?
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PostSubject: Re: 8.8 axle swap   Thu 14 Jun 2012, 2:51 pm

What do you plan on doing with the Jeep. Tire size etc?

Either way lunchbox or full detroit will have their quirks. You will have to re-learn how to drive a your Jeep a little bit. You will more than likely get tire chirp, ratcheting sound when turning corners.

All in all a full locker will be stronger, but in most cases a lunchbox locker is more than enough.
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PostSubject: Re: 8.8 axle swap   Thu 14 Jun 2012, 3:24 pm

i'm going with a 4" lift from RC, 35's w/ 4.88 gears, cv shaft and sye. figured i might as well swap out the rear axle while i'm at it. This will primarily be used as a DD with the occasional weekend offroading.
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PostSubject: Re: 8.8 axle swap   Mon 18 Jun 2012, 12:20 am

I have a Detroit locker rear, lock right front, 4"lift & 35s on my TJ and I barely knotice the lockers in dry conditions but get some rain on the road and it becomes an amusement ride. If you don't have a bad weather car you should look into a selectable for the rear. The OX locker seems to be the best selectable I've seen. I know I've been on trails with broken airlines and bad wire connections with the air and electronic lockers that stopped the fun for those guys.
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PostSubject: Re: 8.8 axle swap   Thu 21 Jun 2012, 2:16 am

They're right, btw. If you can afford it, go selectable in the rear. It's absolutely NOT necessary, but it's nicer. Otherwise count your blessings that you found a non-LSD 8.8 which will make your life easier: throw an Aussie (or Spartan equivalent) in there and call it a day.

CJTJ wrote:
The OX locker seems to be the best selectable I've seen. I know I've been on trails with broken airlines and bad wire connections with the air and electronic lockers that stopped the fun for those guys.
I would dispute this. Broken air lines for ARB's are generally a result of poor routing/installation and can be repaired on the trail. Any issues with wiring for Eaton E-Lockers are even easier to deal with (ask me how I know). On the other hand I've seen a problematic cable on an OX cause no end of difficulties and was not able to be repaired until trailered home.

I've had nothing but good luck with my Eaton E-Lockers, but for the 8.8 specifically I believe ARB holds the upper hand in regards to stronger design. For reference for the LT1 one-ton build I'm doing now (KP HP60 and 14bff) I will be going Detroit front and rear, but that won't be a daily driver as you might have guessed. It will be set up as streetable, but it'll really only see fair weather.
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