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found a rear axle out of a 88 f150xL.
dealer says its made by sterling. thats all they would say.have now idea about ford axles.any info apprec. it has 3.55 and a abs sensor as if matters. <IMG SRC="smilies/crybaby2.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/beer.gif" border="0">
 

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If it came out of an F150 than it isn't a Sterling. It would be an 8.8. Easy way to tell, besides picking them up... the Sterling has a 10.25" ring gear, the 8.8 is....well 8.8". Thats enough of a difference that you can guess. Also if there is still a tag on the diff, I can tell you what it is..
 

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An 8.8 has a fairly flat cover and a sterling is huge. A 5 bolt sterling hasn't been offered until about 98 or so.
 

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i have a tag for it,just not with me . thats what the dealer was looking at when he said sterling. the axle looks beefy, like the big brother to a 44. the housing about 11 in.from snout to end and a couple more for the cover.tubes 3 to 3.5 in. round ? did not measure that. cover has nice flat edges but a big bump for the ring gear, like a 44. i'll get the tag numbers tomorrow. thanx for the help. <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/beer.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/blender.gif" border="0">
 

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In 88 all sterlings were 8 lug, even the semi-floating
 

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got the tag
first line numbers S814P
second line is 355 A88 8D20
this is not a full or semi float axle. just 5 on 5.5 lug normal axle. this is all i have on it, just need to now what the #!#!#[email protected]! it is. and if it is worth putting under a jeep as an upgrade from a m20 axle. do they have aftermarket gears for it and lockers,so on and so forth. thanxs for any help. <IMG SRC="smilies/crybaby2.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/crybaby2.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/beer.gif" border="0">
 

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Originally posted by trail whale:
[QB]got the tag
first line numbers S814P
second line is 355 A88 8D20 QB]
Yup, I agree with the previous post, definately an 8.8"

second line is 355 (means 3.55 gearing) A88 (means 8.8) 8D20
 

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If your saying it's 'beefy like a 44' then it's an 8.8. Nothing beefy about a 44 if your looking at a sterling.
 

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thanx for the help. but to my defense, i said beefy "like a BIG brother to a 44 " but obviously bigger than d20 on my hind end impersonating an axle. again thanx. <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce2.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/blender.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce2.gif" border="0">
 
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