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Old 11-08-2004, 05:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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n00b question about 8.8

Well the time has come to ditch the dana 35 and put in somethin a little beefier. This is a DD so full widths will hafta wait til later so I am putting in an 8.8 from an older bronco. I've got everything lined up for it, gears, flange adapter, longer wheel studs etc. Heres the noob question:

What does it take to convert the drums on this axle to discs? I want to reuse the stock rotors and calipers from my 35 onto the 8.8. I've seen it done before but I do not recall what all it involved.

Thanks for any advice.
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Old 11-08-2004, 05:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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FYI, any 8.8 that came under a bronco will be fullwidth. This would also be a better question to ask on the jeep page as people around here aren't likely to know the details of a brake swap on a jeep.

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Old 11-08-2004, 06:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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the guy said its not from a fullsize bronco but from the bronco II. would it still be a fullwidth?
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Old 11-08-2004, 06:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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the guy said its not from a fullsize bronco but from the bronco II. would it still be a fullwidth?
no, but it probably is not a 8.8 then if it was from a B2, as those are EXTREMELY rare. (IIRC, only came in model year 1990) It'd be a 7.5, and not worth switching to.
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Old 11-08-2004, 06:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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from the sounds of it you're looking at buying an axle that the guy says is from a bronco II claiming it's an 8.8, ImNotRight is correct in that the 8.8 has an extremely limited availibility and most likely if it is truly from a bronco II then it's a 7.5 the other possibility is that it is from an explorer and then it is an 8.8 and would good. Though if you want rear disc brakes using existing calipers then ask the guys in the jeep forum about 8.8 swap and your calipers. Otherwise look for a late model explorer rear already equipped with disc brakes.
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Old 11-08-2004, 07:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Ummmm, the 8.8 might've been swapped into the BII, if it came out of an explorer (31 spline), or a ranger (28 spline), ORRR, the full width 8.8's would be in the full size vehicles.

If it was a true 8.8 in a BII, like I said, it probably was out of a explorer or ranger, because those are direct swaps, except for maybe relocating leaf spring mounts if it was an explorer because they are SUA. These two options will also be narrower.

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Old 11-08-2004, 09:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
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This deal sounds much too questionable to risk it. NO Bronco II came with an 8.8", as NO Bronco II came with a factory 4.0L either. There are tons of rumors about this regarding the '90, but none has proven true.

As for an 8.8" with discs, Explorer axles from '95-'01 are what you are looking for.
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Old 11-09-2004, 04:23 AM   #8 (permalink)
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nope. i had the frame and other parts from trenton public schools b2 that was used as a plow truck and it had a 4.0 and d35 in it. the rear end was a 7.5 though. they could not sell it complete because it was not a complete vehicle or something. (ford prototype iirc) it got twisted up on something and the front frame rails got a lil twisted and fawked up the plow mount. worked out tits for me. n still got alot of shit from it on my truck.
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