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Old 03-07-2006, 11:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Axle Bracket Kit for 8.8 in Grand Cherokee

Would anybody be interested in a bracket kit to install a Ford 8.8 Rear Diff in a 93-98 Grand Cherokee? We just completed making a set and might produce them in quanity if there is enough interest....they are water jet cut 3/16 steel w/uppers, lowers, and spring buckets much like the kit that is available for the TJ's. They are very trick and beefy, radiused for any 3" axle tube. The price would probably be between $275 and $300 depending on production #'s. I would like to get 10 sets sold to make the first run. I have photos and instructions for placment on axle.
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Old 03-07-2006, 12:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Just curious, what's the difference between the ZJ and the TJ brackets and placement?
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Old 03-09-2006, 12:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Butch, the tj brackets are angled in quite a bit while the zj's are almost straight. The track bar bracket is completely different also. The spring buckets on the zj are more like the front tj buckets with a non flat coil that "drops" into a round groove on the bucket. I can e-mail you photos if you wish of both the brackets and the finished 8.8 installed in a 94 Grand. I would post them but I have failed to find the time to give these guys $20...yea, I know thats a lame excuse
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cool, yeah, I'm interested.
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Old 03-10-2006, 09:07 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Butch, the tj brackets are angled in quite a bit while the zj's are almost straight. The track bar bracket is completely different also. The spring buckets on the zj are more like the front tj buckets with a non flat coil that "drops" into a round groove on the bucket. I can e-mail you photos if you wish of both the brackets and the finished 8.8 installed in a 94 Grand. I would post them but I have failed to find the time to give these guys $20...yea, I know thats a lame excuse
More like $100 if you are going to pimp shit.

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This is a bolt in thing? Stock links and all? What about the anti-lock brakes? Some of us might be interested in this on a DD is why I ask. I already know the 44a sucks so when the search comes back I'll look into the 8.8.
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Old 03-10-2006, 12:48 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Urban, yea, I know its $100 to pimp shit, thats why I am looking for interest...probably not going to pay off to be a vendor if nobody wants it...I dont sell my harness or conversion parts here as this is more of a do it yourself board and people typically just bash you and bitch about prices....

This is a set of weld on brackets much like MORE sells for the TJ...as far as ABS brakes, the 8.8 has a single reluctor ring on the ring gear and the GC has one on each wheel....I will address that issue if it looks like this is going to fly, so far its looking like almost no interest here on P4x4....back to the whold do it yourself for cheap thing

for what its worth, I will sign up to be a vendor BEFORE I ever take $$ from any pirate member...I already got a bunch of shit for posting some axles in the for sale section even though it was for a friend and just some random stuff that was in the way....

There are several vendors here that sell brand name parts for almost cost and I have no interest in competing with them, too busy building complete 4x4's for the "non do it yourselfers" Since nobodyis currently makig a GC 8.8 kit, I thought we might try it out...first set was a 40 hour project and the cust was only billled for 8 so might try to get them reproduced so next time its only a 4 hour deal....
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not trying to high jack the post, but i got the axle w/ brackets im sellin w/ locker and 4.56 gears for $900 new brakes also
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Old 03-11-2006, 12:15 AM   #8 (permalink)
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prostock??? you have a Ford 8.8 with Grand Cherokee brackets on it? I am not trying to sell axles, just looking to see if there is any real interest in a pre fabbed weld on kit....
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Old 03-11-2006, 02:09 PM   #9 (permalink)
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When I swapped my axle there was nobody out there selling just a bracket kit (5 link) for the ZJ. I used brackets off a stock axle. So yes, I think there would be a market for them. You might post over at mallcrawlin.com and nagca.com.
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Old 03-11-2006, 02:47 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thats how the bracket set came to be, the stock ones looked like thin weak crap so we made 2 sets with plazma but will have a batch water jet cut if we cna find 10-20 people....thanks for the mallcrawl and other link...we have built a few zj's in the shop but I dont personally have one so dont know all the zj sites....thanks for the tip!!
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Old 03-11-2006, 03:33 PM   #11 (permalink)
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But I think the intrest is there.
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