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Fastymz
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posted 11-13-2001 05:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ok I'm going to try to get new gears and some kind of liminted slip.In the my 8" rear.I'm thinking of going with the Power trax loc right.i can get it in Sac,for about $210.I can get summit racing 3:80or 4:11 gears for $170.And a install kit from summit racing for about $200 which as all barings and seals.Is this something I can do myself or is it best left to a pro.The main area that worries me is the ring gears i've never did them before.The power trax says it can be installed by any one.because its a hole unit.I dont have enough money to have the local gear shop do the work.They want about $1380 to do it all with there parts.If bring them the parts they will do it for $1000 with no warrenty.If do it my self its $600.Please keep in mind the $600 is pushing it already for me.Please let me know what you all think.I'd love to have new gears and liminted slip next summer.
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steve'66
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posted 11-13-2001 05:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ron,

That labor quote is very high! If you pull the center section and deliver it and the parts to a shop it is about a 2-3 hour job. It's not hard to do (once you've done one), but you'll need a couple special tools that you probably don't have and a good manual. If you want to try it, we can help you through it. It's always better to have someone that's done a gear swap before look over your work before you re-install it.

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posted 11-13-2001 07:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for clevelandstyle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I say try it yourself, and as Steve said, get a book. You can do it! Once you learn how, you'll ask yourself why you didn't do it sooner.

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mustang68mustangs
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posted 11-13-2001 09:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustang68mustangs   Click Here to Email mustang68mustangs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Ron , please do yourself a favor and buy a set of Richmond gears . NOT Summit gears .I tried to save some cash and bought a set of Summit gears for my 9" and the pinion gear was machined wrong .It was oversized and the bearing was only able to be pressed half way down.Needless to say I sent them back and coughed up another 60 bucks and bought the Richmonds.

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posted 11-13-2001 09:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ron

Don't waste the money!! An 8" is NOT strong enough.. the lower gear ratio will make it easier to break. A Powertrax is also not much good... lotsa warranty returns on them.

Best bet if you are on a real budget is to get an Explorer 8.8 rear end... these come with 3.73 or 4.10's and posi and 31 spline axles... same width as yours. A whole rear end for maybe $300 that only needs the spring perches relocated. Sure it looks newfangled and outta place...all the guys with Fuelie 5.0's and 17" rims on their old cars say that too. A 9" built the same way will cost $1500-$2000

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posted 11-13-2001 10:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65_289   Click Here to Email 65_289     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by TomP:
Ron

Don't waste the money!! An 8" is NOT strong enough.. the lower gear ratio will make it easier to break. A Powertrax is also not much good... lotsa warranty returns on them.

Best bet if you are on a real budget is to get an Explorer 8.8 rear end... these come with 3.73 or 4.10's and posi and 31 spline axles... same width as yours. A whole rear end for maybe $300 that only needs the spring perches relocated. Sure it looks newfangled and outta place...all the guys with Fuelie 5.0's and 17" rims on their old cars say that too. A 9" built the same way will cost $1500-$2000


So exactly how strong is it? Could it take 282rwtq with 4k clutch dumps?


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Fastymz
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posted 11-14-2001 12:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As far as the 8" gose I've both ways on it.That it will be just fine for a wild 351w and auto.I'm not going to run sliks just street tires.
I'll get the richmond instead of the summit thanks for the tip.
TomP.you've seen my car you know that being diferent is no big thing for me.I was once told that the 8.8 will not line up with the drive shaft on a 65-66 and will not fit the width or any thing else.If the explores are the same width as my 8" you have to relocate the spring perchs and how about the shocks do they bolt right up.Would you just get one out of the junk yard or from ford or where?I like the idea of posi,3.73-4.10 gears and 31 axles and $300 is great.
Steve whats a fare rate for install of liminted slip and gears if I pull the center section.Do you know of any one in SAC,thats has a good price.
Thanks guys bare with me on all the questions,its hard to things on a shoe string,it's fun just hard,I cant afford mistakes.But I have the need for speed.I'd love to have the gears,but they are no good without the liminted slip or locker,ect.

Thanks again and please keep it coming I'm really going to it this winter.

Ron

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 11-14-2001 06:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Fastymz:
Steve whats a fare rate for install of liminted slip and gears if I pull the center section.

That's about an hour's work at what, $65/hr? Then count in a swap kit and bearings, maybe $200-300 total? {Not counting the ring and pinion}

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TomP
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posted 11-14-2001 08:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
shocks would bolt to the spring plates... the housing is 3" diameter so the U-bolts need to be bigger (use Explorer ones) and slot the holes in your existing spring plates. The rear is actually a bit narrower, thats a good thing tho. The driveshaft has a flange on the back that bolts up... take this off a driveshaft and stick it on your rear U joint... may need an adapter U-Joint if you have the small 289 driveshaft, or just use the flange off a Ranger with smaller U-Joints... 80's Mustangs have a similar one but with a different smaller bolt pattern.

I broke an 8" with a 200 six in my Falcon convertible... no hard launches, just an automatic and skinny 14" radials...broke the caps off the back. If your 351 is making any decent power at all the 8" will be a weak link.

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posted 11-14-2001 08:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh and... if you have less than 1200 hp an 8.8 can take it... below 600hp and the posi and stock 31 spline axles will be OK.

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Fastymz
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posted 11-14-2001 09:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Steve,for the dollar amount.
SteveW,would you be in Reno by chance this winter.
TomP.I could hardly sleep thinking about this 8.8 rear.i have never heard of any one that has done this have you.And I sorry but I still dont get the ujoints thing.Will my stock ujoints work or do you have to mode,something to make it work.And were should I get an explorer axle from a junk yard and Ford dealer or auto parts house???And what years rears work,and will the rear brakes work from the explorer, or do my brakes bolt on to the explorer axle.My brother inlaw told me the rear guy at the Chevy dealership he works at will do the rear gears and install the power trax or an auburn unit for $100.Over thge price of parts the use to work at a Ford dealer ship about 10 years ago.Thanks for the help please keep the info coming.
Ron

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posted 11-15-2001 06:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
the 8.8 and 7.5 for that matter all use a round flange to attach the driveshaft... the part that goes over the cups of the U joints can be taken off the newer driveshaft and stuck on any older style driveshaft.

You could use the Explorer brakes, the parking brake cables are a little different but will adapt. Some Explorers have rear discs... but you are better off staying simple and sticking with drums.

Check wreckers or folks scrapping their trucks... these things are being smashed up with merry abandon with or without those Firestone tires... there should be lots to choose from, get one with the gear ratio you want... they all have tags that say (ie: 3L73 = 3.73 posi)

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posted 11-15-2001 07:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ok thanks for the help TomP.If I go fort he explorer 8.8 what years do I look at.And how do tell the 8.8 from a 7.5.Or do all explorers only come with the 8.8.and are they all posi.


If not the 8.8. what is better the power trax or the auburn liminted slip unit.Or is there one better for around $350.

Thanks Again

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posted 11-15-2001 08:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ron,

The 8.8 is the better way to go! It also has lower parasitic loss than a 9", meaning more rwhp. I wish I knew TomP before I swapped a 9" into Melissa '66.

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posted 11-15-2001 08:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also,

There are several reasonable junk yards around the Reno/Carson area, just look for the brothels.

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posted 11-15-2001 08:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Borthels what are those.

Ron

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posted 11-15-2001 10:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65_289   Click Here to Email 65_289     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So how wide is the Exploder rear end? Would it fit in a '65?

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posted 11-15-2001 11:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope it fits in a 65 because thats what I have.

Ron

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posted 11-15-2001 11:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are the explorer rear axle 4 or 5 lugs.And how about the bolt pattern.Is it 4.5 like mine is now.
Thanks Ron

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Yes the 8.8 will fit the 65, yes the bolt pattern is 5 on 4 1/2. And a brothel is a place where peter pan is a wash basin D).

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posted 11-16-2001 12:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well Drwho you made sort work of that.How about what years explorers are the best if any,and are they all 8.8 or are some 7.5.


Ron

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posted 11-16-2001 02:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So guys dont think the 8" will hold up at all.I know you'll get sick of me soon enough.But it would be more easy to stick with the 8".But I'll look into the 8.8.
If I do the 8" do all the gears fit in all the cases or do you need a different case for lower gears.Like in some old GM axles.

And what dose Alex think about this.

Thanks for all your time Ron

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posted 11-16-2001 03:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
all the gears fit in any 8" case... they all are weak too.

All Exploders have 8.8's Rangers have either 7.5 or 8.8 ... the seriously newfangled disc brake 8.8's are wider so stick with the 96 and older types. 93-94 seem real common. Every one i've seen is a posi.

An 8.8 can be easily narrowed... just use two right side axles , shorten the left tube a couple inches and it's Maverick width. You can also use 9" axles and housing ends to make other widths and get rid of the C clips.

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posted 11-16-2001 12:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
TomP, at least you always say the same thing about the 8".
Why I get the 8.8 from a explorer should I get the hole rear including the brakes and you said the u-joint fitting to.
Many thanks for your time Tom.

Ron

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posted 11-17-2001 06:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Alex what to you think about this.I have nothing but respect for SteveW,and TomP,just want your opinion too.Thanks Ron

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posted 11-17-2001 07:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ron,

If you really want to go with the 8" I have a couple extra 3rd members here. If you want to ship the new gears and locker to me I'll install them in one of my carriers for you this winter. Then you'll get to keep your current 3rd member for "road trips". Alex has mentioned that he's made 8"ers survive with good quality bolts/studs etc. Your car isn't really hitting the rear that hard. EddieD runs a 8" at 13.0s in a heavier car, soooo E-mail me if you want.

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posted 11-17-2001 09:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's just not wise to waste the money on an 8" in my opinion... once you bust it you have scrap metal. I know a guy that ran 11's with an 8" in a 65 Mustang. But he wasn't sinking $600 or more bux into it.

The original 65 housing has weak scrawny axle tubes, that'll make 'em bend easily.

The 8.8 will handle all the power you can throw at it,and right now are plentiful.

I'd say to stick with a 9" except those parts are getting harder to find and pricier. You'd probably need $1000 or more to build it.

It all comes down to what plans you have for the car...if it's a boulevard cruiser that's never gonna be accelerated with any zeal... you don't need that much strength. But you'd still be wasting dough to pump it into the 8" instead of something stronger.

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posted 11-17-2001 09:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks TomP.I'm going to the bone yard on next days off to whats there.I'll keep you posted.I'm sure if I go with the 8.8 I'll need your guys help.Tom I'm hearing you loud and clear, and I respect your opinion very much.I have never read or heard of any else doing the 8.8 and dont want to get into it to find out its going to cost alot more or be more work then I can handle.thanks again Ron

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