What year of ford explorers do I need to look at for a 8.8 rearend? Do they all have them?
if rebuilt properly and maintained routinely, they work ok for many regular street applications... however.. i dont trust it for what im doing and going to be upgrading, prob using an eaton detroit truetrac, for now... i also like the idea of not having the clutch style setup at all... the other styles will take more abuse, IMHOHow good is the trac lock? I like this option but I hear people rag on the traction even when upgraded to the ford racing carbon disc. Or is it just people justifying their eaton purchase?
If you replace the long tube with a short tube, do you know what the total width comes out to?Hi Guys
I have just shortened an 1998 8.8 explorer axle for my wagon, dead easy to shorten. just cut the long side and fit another short axle. Videos available on YouTube, the axle will come out 5/8 inch shorter both sides. so should help with wheel choice as there are more wheels to choose from with 4.5back space.
SoCalNova what is a "torsen Gear" is this a posi unit? Ive looked and looked, cannot find in 350-370 gear in anything but limited slip, found 410 in posi, a little steep, 350 gear range be my first choice, but considering the 410 then change gear? thanks, good stuffAnother thing to keep in mind, budget wise, is the trac lock and maintenance. At a minimum you're going to need to new clutches. My driveline guy says most junk yard axels are going to need full rebuild kits from bearings to seals and many times the carrier housing needs replacing.
For my setup the spider gears were busted when I pulled it and the cost to was not worth replacing the trac lock so I found a used torsen gear and will install that. Part number is m-4204-t31.
Gleason Torsen is a version of the helical worm gear traction differential, similar to the Eaton Detroit TrueTrac and WavetracSoCalNova what is a "torsen Gear" is this a posi unit? Ive looked and looked, cannot find in 350-370 gear in anything but limited slip, found 410 in posi, a little steep, 350 gear range be my first choice, but considering the 410 then change gear? thanks, good stuff
It's not the fault of the Traction Lock differential, a Torsen rear will get you the same result.You know all those mustang memes about plowing into crowds? Track lock is the reason behind it.