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Steve S
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From: St.Marys Ontario Canada
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posted 02-20-2002 08:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve S   Click Here to Email Steve S     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There was discussion recently about using an explorer rear end in a Fairlane by narrowing the left side. I have a 64 Fairlane that I would like to put an 8.8 into. What would be the outside dimensions when narrowed? My calculations work out to 56.5"Is this right?. Also when using two right side axles, the pinion would be 1/2" offset to the right of the car. Would the angle of the driveshaft be a problem? The angle trigs out to less than 1degree.Thanks Steve

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TomP
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posted 02-21-2002 03:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i'd think the pinion would be closer to centered, a small offset like that won't hurt anything tho.

The width should be around 56-ish too.

I've got one in the garage i have to do that to if i ever find time.

Tom

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Steve S
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posted 02-21-2002 06:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve S   Click Here to Email Steve S     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know that using two same length axles on an 8.8 will put the pinion shaft 1/2" to the right because I have a 8.8" out of a turbo coupe sitting on my garage floor, and I know that they use same length left and right axles. Just wondering if it will cause any problems later as I add more power to my combo. Steve

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TomP
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posted 02-21-2002 08:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
nope,can't harm anything. The only thing it would affect is tranny tunnel clearance on a very low riding car

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AKBOSSMAN
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posted 02-26-2002 03:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AKBOSSMAN   Click Here to Email AKBOSSMAN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So the drive line is ofset on the Exploders because of the 4wheel transfer case?

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Bloose
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posted 03-04-2002 11:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bloose   Click Here to Email Bloose     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are the axle tubes of the 8.8 different lengths, or are the axle shafts different lengths? The transfer case should not require the pinion to be offset to one side or the other. Usually the pinion is centered (tubes the same length) and the shafts are different lengths because the ring gear is set off to the side of the pinion. This causes the diff to be offset and requires two different length shafts.

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TomP
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posted 03-04-2002 08:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The engine is offset to the right a bit in them too.

The right tube is about 3" shorter, the axle is less than that... 2" i think?

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racin jason
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posted 03-10-2002 11:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for racin jason   Click Here to Email racin jason     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So how long is a stock explorer rear end, flange to flange?

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TomP
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posted 03-10-2002 09:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
hmmm dont have the axles sitting in it... but t6he thing is 56" without axles (to ends of tube where seals ride) and the axles appear to stick out 1 1/2" per side, plus drums... so about 59 1/2" i'd say.

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racin jason
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posted 03-10-2002 09:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for racin jason   Click Here to Email racin jason     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Tom, that may be a suitable replacement for the 8" in the 67 fairlane 500 my cousin just picked up.

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racin jason
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posted 03-11-2002 05:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for racin jason   Click Here to Email racin jason     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there any certain years I should look for? Does it have to be a v-8 explorer to have an 8.8 rear?

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TomP
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posted 03-11-2002 06:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
any Exploder, 93-up will work. The really new disc brake ones are wider from the looks of it (haven't measured)

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