What you need for an 8.8 install:
The first order of business is to track down an axle for the swap. You need to find one out of a ?95 or later Ford Explorer. These have disc brakes, 31 spline shafts, and some have limited slip carriers. They also come in various gear ratios, 3.73:1 and 4:10:1, so you may be able to get out of changing the Ring and Pinion gears to match your Jeep. |
Of course you are going to need brackets to weld onto the new axle. A few different companies make bracket kits (Rubicon Express, M.O.R.E. and Teraflex), but the problem is they are made for either a D35 or a D44. With the larger tube diameter on the 8.8?, these will need to be ground down some to fit properly.
You may be lucky and get calipers with your axle. If you do then great, but you will need brake line adapters for those calipers. Ooops those don?t come with the bracket kit, so you?re going to have to head over to Currie Enterprises for their brake kit with hoses, banjo bolts, clips, etc.. to make the Ford calipers work on your Jeep.
But wait, what about the emergency brake cables? Sorry, those are also a separate item. Luckily you can order them from a '95 ZJ and they will fit the 8.8, but again they?re not included with your other two kits already ordered.
Oh, didn?t we mention you need to convert the flange style attachment on the 8.8? to the regular yoke like the Jeep has. Guess you?d better place yet another separate order. Don?t forget the 12mm x 1.75 thread 12 point flange bolts.