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Old 07-12-2008, 06:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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ford 8.8...5:13s...center pin?

hey everybody

well we just finished a friends 8.8 rear and he used 4:56s. we had to get a notched X-pin to work with the gears. i dont really want to use a notched one because theyre weak. but even with the 4:56s it looked like we would have to cut into the contact pattern if we shaved a tooth or 2 down.

so 5:13s being even thicker would be worse. is it possible with this gear ratio to grind a little tooth or am i stuck with the notched pin??

if anybodys got any pics of theirs that would help a lot..thanks
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Old 07-12-2008, 07:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I always grind a tooth down on the ring gear.
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just put 4.88s in my 8.8 and ground a tooth down to get the pin in.
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Old 07-12-2008, 09:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I was just wondering, why don't you assemble the diff and install the center pin THEN install the ring gear on the carrier.

Thats how I do it on my Dana differentials. But I have to admit, never worked on a Ford 8.8. So if there is something I don't know about, free to flame me or teach me.
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^^that works with non c-clip axles.

with the ford 8.8 you have to pull the center pin out, push the shafts in, install the c-clips, and then put the center pin in.

with the center pin in you dont have enough room to push the shafts in to install the c-clips
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^^that works with non c-clip axles.

with the ford 8.8 you have to pull the center pin out, push the shafts in, install the c-clips, and then put the center pin in.

with the center pin in you dont have enough room to push the shafts in to install the c-clips
Damn. that sucks. Thanks for schooling me. I did read in my differential book that it is ok to grind a little away for clearencing for a center pin.
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