8.8 explorer rear swap

Transmission and Drivetrain Tech

  1. dodge71demon

    dodge71demon Well-Known Member

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    I'm planning on using the 8.8 explorer rear in my A body know what years and codes will have Moser Axle do the work appears to be pretty cut and dry for anybody that has performed this swap any special tricks or what to look for as far as problems looks like to get the limited slip best chance is 3:73 from a V8 I prefer 3:55 but that can be changed
     
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    RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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    None came with Moser axles that I know of.
     
  3. Professor Fate

    Professor Fate Push the button, Max...

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    I think he is saying he "will have Moser Axle do the work"...? Punctuation would be nice. Understanding the question gets you more answers.
     
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    • RustyRatRod

      RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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      Yeah maybe so. God forbid I actually expect people to use proper punctuation like I do. You'd figure people needing help would actually try to make it easy for those they are asking to understand. I guess I'm askin too much.
       
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      • Biff

        Biff Cheep not easy

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        Easy rusty , just read between the lines ......:poke:
         
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          Biff Cheep not easy

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          Not all 8.8 s have 3.73 some are4.10 s some are open 3.55 the ones that are 3.73 /4.10 have 31 spline axles , the 3.55 have 28 spline, you can usually pick one up for around 200$ , keepin in mind you shorten long side tube and use short side axles in both sides, can run you a few bucks depending upon how deep you want to go .
           
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          • dodge71demon

            dodge71demon Well-Known Member

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            Am I writing a fricking book or just a dumb old car guy
             
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            • dodge71demon

              dodge71demon Well-Known Member

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              thanks good answer see I learned something thought they were all 31 spline
               
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              dodge71demon Well-Known Member

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              Moser is about an hour from me I'll check with them on a questimate I'm sure they have done this many times
               
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              • Biff

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                No problem, wasthe comma in the right spot :lol:
                 
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                dodge71demon Well-Known Member

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                found this

                Ford Ranger 8.8-Inch Axle Versus Ford Explorer 8.8-Inch Axle


                All 8.8-Inch Ford Explorer axles use 31-spline axle shafts. All 8.8-Inch Ford Ranger axles use 28-spline axle shafts (except FX4 and FX4 Level II which use 31-splines).

                The Ford Ranger 28-spline 8.8-Inch axle tube is 2.80 inches in diameter.

                The Ford Ranger 31-spline 8.8-Inch axle tube is 3.25 inches in diameter.

                The Ford Explorer 31-spline 8.8-Inch axle tube is 3.25 inches in diameter.
                 
              • RustyRatRod

                RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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                Ok, that was clear enough. You can do without my help.
                 
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                • dodge71demon

                  dodge71demon Well-Known Member

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                  Good ,,,,,,,,,,, ……………. ''''''''''''''''''''' don't need it
                   
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                  • CudaFactHackJob

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                    I'd use an early Ranger rearend; like 92 or earlier.
                     
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                    I thought the Explorer was the best setup but I'll check it out
                     
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                    Ex will have 31 spline axles, but it's wider and the offset is more extreme.
                     
                  • dartfreak75

                    dartfreak75 Restore it, Dont part it! FABO Gold Member

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                    What I did was just bought to whole rearends. I got them both for 200 bucks and had enough parts I could swap and borrow for each other. You will need 2 short side axles anyway. I got the 2nd rearend for less than the cost of a 2nd axle. The only thing extra I had to buy was bearings seals and a shim kit. And brakes of course

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                      The earlier ranger 8.8 are an easier fit, but hard to find in my experience. The damn Explorer rear ends are everywhere. And they most all have trac-lok and disc brakes. If that matters.
                       
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                      • 67/6barracuda

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                        8.8 is a great alternative if you can’t find a reasonable 8.75, I’m happy the way mine turned out. I have 3.27 gear in mine with open diff. I do have a new trac loc to install, if I ever get around to it. I bought two explorer axles just to grab the short axle out the other. Built one complete one and sold the other off. Here’s how I did mine with the help of others here on the forum. 67 Fastback getting 8.8 rear
                         
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                        • Idaho

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                          There's description of doing a shortened version in my home thread if that interests you. Starts on page 6.
                          Be careful of bent differentials. Many have been in rollovers. I would not have detected it without the alignment tool I made.
                           
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                          • dodge71demon

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                            Thanks for the good info
                             
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                              People here are very helpful but the people asking for help need to do it right.
                              I see that I am not the only one here that has some standards.
                              People will remember you when you are rude to them.
                               
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                              • dodge71demon

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                                Standards my ass and yes MOST people on here are very good and knowledgeable --- except for a very few looks like most got what I was asking about
                                 
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                                Thanks -- I was looking for some small details one being the flange the rest is pretty cut and dry -- good job
                                 
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                                  we all have our likes and dislikes that's what makes the world go around I like drums on the rear and see that the 91-94 Explorers came that way something to maul over
                                   
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