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I am swapping out the Dana 35 for a Ford 8.8 with 4.10 gears and a factory Limited slip??? What is any ones take on the Limited slip in this axle, Should start looking for a locker, If so what locker is best in the 8.8. I had a Lock rite and I liked it in the Dana 35, to bad the dana 35 is junk.

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Its a loaded question ..The 8.8 is a great swap.But you need to weld the tubes or some guys are bolting them I have heard...your choice on the locker if your going cheap like me try the aussie...this is my opinion I am sure others will disagree...good luck
 

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You should replace the whole thing with a full case locker of some sort like a Detroit or ARB. I have heard that the carrier is the weak point of the axle. Also, like stated earlier, have someone weld the tubes to the housing to keep them from spinning.
 

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You should replace the whole thing with a full case locker of some sort like a Detroit or ARB. I have heard that the carrier is the weak point of the axle. Also, like stated earlier, have someone weld the tubes to the housing to keep them from spinning.
I have heard this also ...scratch the lunchbox idea..
 

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I wouldn't bother with a limited slip. They are generally more "slip" than "limited".

Get a lunchbox if you're not afraid of breaking your stock 8.8 carrier, or get a full locker to replace it all.
 

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I saw in JP magazine they just released an OX locker for 8.8 ...
 

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The ford trash-locs are trash. Plenty of guys run lunchboxes on 8.8s, haven't heard much in the way of breakage but it does happen. Detroit/ARB if you want it strong as possible, Powertrax No-Slip for the LS carrier if you want to keep it simple...
 

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I'll go against the flow with the majority of guys here.. While a full locker is the best route, if you are on a budget, and you don't mind finessing through your wheeling a little bit, a factory trac loc is fine, especially if you have a front locker. I run a front lock right and an 8.8 rear with a trac lock, and its never stopped me from wheelin. I have had to do a little finessing of the brake pedal in certain situations to get the trac lock to lock up, but other than that, I like it. I am a cheap bastard though, so YMMMV. I was thinking of welding up the mini spiders in the tracloc for a "spool", but I haven't decided if thats a good idea yet or not.
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I have the trac lok in my 8.8 and it has done just fine. But if I were to replace it (and I have thought hard about it) I would replace it with a unit that replaces the entire carrier.

From what research I have done, if you want to go to a locker, you will have to get a carrier from a non trac lok axle anyways. Why not just replace the entire unit with a locker?
 

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From what research I have done, if you want to go to a locker, you will have to get a carrier from a non trac lok axle anyways.
Except for the Powertrax No-Slip I listed a couple posts ago, there is a model for the 8.8 LS carrier, which is why I listed it as the easy route but not the strongest.
 

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Weld the tubes to the center. Install a Detroit. Build or buy a beefy diff cover, the 8.8 covers are made of tin foil. Build it right the first time. When I ordered my gears from randy's ring and pinion the guy on the phone recommended a full case locker for the 8.8, he said the carrier is the weakest point on that axle.
 

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You should replace the whole thing with a full case locker of some sort like a Detroit or ARB. I have heard that the carrier is the weak point of the axle. Also, like stated earlier, have someone weld the tubes to the housing to keep them from spinning.
Weld small sections at a time as you don't want to get axle tubes too hot :eek: I have the full Detroit in my 8.8 and wouldn't have it any other way. I have the Aussie up front, it's tough as nails.
 

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I have heard this also ...scratch the lunchbox idea..
That's the problem, everyone has "heard" that. It's not like a D35, where everyone has actually seen a broken D35, several in most of our cases. I call bullshit on the weak 8.8 carrier. Sure it can be broken, just like anything else, but it's not "weak". The Dana 35 is "weak".

I have an Aussie in my 8.8. My carrier is just fine.
 

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Except for the Powertrax No-Slip I listed a couple posts ago, there is a model for the 8.8 LS carrier, which is why I listed it as the easy route but not the strongest.

Good info. I haven't really looked into it since I stuck the 8.8 into my YJ a couple of years ago...
 

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I am swapping out the Dana 35 for a Ford 8.8 with 4.10 gears and a factory Limited slip??? What is any ones take on the Limited slip in this axle, Should start looking for a locker, If so what locker is best in the 8.8. I had a Lock rite and I liked it in the Dana 35, to bad the dana 35 is junk.

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Just from my experience, DON'T go with an Eaton e-locker. The damn thing won't lock at all now, less than two years old. Ball ramps are chewed. And I know NOT to engage while driving!!
 

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I'm swapping an 8.8 into my TJ as we speak. I am going with a Detroit, 4.56's and Yukon shafts. I would recommend saving up for a full case locker like suggested earlier. I did and I won't be afraid to romp on it when I'm wheeling. If you have any questions on your swap let me know.
 
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