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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:17 pm 
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My plan is to swap a ford 8.8 rear out of a 4x4 ranger in my truck. I bought two rears cause I was under the impression that Iv got to shorten the long side tube 3" then use another short side axle. I notice the yoke is offset also. I dont want to go cuttin this thing up when I'm not 100% sure what the deal is. I would just like to hear from someone who knows what theyre doin and may have done this swap.

I would like to use factory leafs an shock mounts but if all else fails Im gonna go with ladder bar coil over.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:38 am 
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I am doing this with the explorer 8.8 and the 2 short axles. Not sure on the Ranger width, but it will be around an inch per side wider using the explorer rear...

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:36 am 
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If I had to guess its damn close to being the same width. Im okay with it bein a hair bit wider cause I got a 4.5" backspace wheel with a 275/60/15 DR to stuff in there. Is the yoke on ur 8.8 offset? I didnt want to cut the 3" off the long side then not have my yoke centered up with the trans yoke. I havnt put it under the truck yet to eye anything up so I guess I had better do that.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:51 am 
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Haven't done mine yet, just got all the parts for it. There are a LOT of these on an S10 site i am on, and I have seen them run with no issue due to pinion offset. Why I am going that route is I have seen it done already...

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:18 pm 
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Yeah Iv looked up alot of the 8.8 swaps in the s10s an havnt heard anyone say anything about the offset pinion so I guess It's hack 3" off the long side, slide in another short side axle, put new spring perches on an its done.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:43 pm 
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brother pointed me to this. lot of information about 8.8's
http://www.therangerstation.com/tech_library/Axles.html

was thinking about doing the disc brake, 4.10 lsd out of a 95+. but they are very wide would need to cut the tubes down and have Dutchmen axleshafts made,
the ranger 8.8 is 1.5" narrower than a 90-94 explorer and the 95 exploder axle is 3" wider than the rangers
im looking for the R7 code ranger rear its 4.10 and L/S

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:58 am 
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All the explorers are 31 spline, while the rangers are a mix of 28 and 31...

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 9:56 am 
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How much hp will that rear end hold up to?


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:03 am 
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Just an update on the 8.8 here, I updated it in my build thread already. I put the short axle in the rear (modded the housing) and put it in. The axle is wider than an s10, which is wider than the LUV. The truck I am building in a step side, and I can only run a max 8 wide inch wheel without modding something. (There were like 3 different beds, I believe one of the others has wider fenders). I could not find a wheel with enough back spacing to work. Ended up going with a 9 inch.

As far as hp goes, I dunno. It is pretty much a 12 bolt clone to me, and I put some serious power (to me) through those with my chevelles...

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:40 am 
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Do you have the specs on how much the 9" has to be shortened?


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It's in one of my build threads.

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Early S10 rear ends are practically a bolt in. The only thing I had to do is heat up and hammer the sides of the spring perches, where the u bolts go through. Then I used the LUV brake line and breather. Don't know about newer model S10's though.


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The short axle swapped 8.8 is wider than the s10 rear. I got the truck with the s10 rear already installed. The wheels I got rubbed the frame rail with the s10 and hit the stepside fenders with the 8.8...

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