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1996 EB w/5.8 TOO much lift, 44" Mudders & 5:43-5:38's
Yes, the $200.00
I'm speculating here, but it may have to do with the change in carriers to accept a tone ring for RABS and later, the VSS. Remember that 83-86 Ford (Sterling) housing castings for the 8.8 do not have the provisions for a VSS or the protective ears.Thanks for all the feedback everyone. And I agree on the 35 spline. I just like to beef things up when I can, but I do agree it's overkill.
I think I'm sold on TrueTrac front and rear. That just seems like the way to go for what I do and what I use my Bronco for. I also think I'm sold on the 4.10s. I don't want anything more aggressive than that as it's going to start eating into my gas mileage too much.
It already does quite well with the 3.55s. They're a very nice balance of economy and performance, so 4.10s are already going to be a major boost. Anything more than that would be too much for me, and I think I'd be uncomfortable with the RPMs on the freeway, and probably also push it out past its power band.
The idea of being able to swap gear ratios is cool and all, but totally not for me. I like my Bronco to be ready to go for anything at a moment's notice.
Question on the 8.8. I'm seeing a very definitive line on the axles. On every site I look at, the axles specifically state that they're either an '83 - '86, or an '87+
However, all the specs are the same and I can find no discernible difference.
1983-86 8.8 Axle Setbr We have searched the US to bring you the best axle shafts for heavy-duty and off-road use applications.br These axles are produced using state of the art computer controlled equipment and manufacturing processes.br The first factor to consider is axle shaft steel.br Most...shop.broncograveyard.com
We have searched the US to bring you the best axle shafts for heavy-duty and off-road use applications.br These axles are produced using state of the art computer controlled equipment and manufacturing processes.br The first factor to consider is axle shaft steel.br Most OEM and aftermarket...shop.broncograveyard.com
What's the difference? There appears to only be an "HD" version for the 87+ but obviously having an '85 would mean I currently have the 83-86 axles. Can anyone shed some light on this?
If I were REALLY bored, i could remove a shaft from my 85 axle and compare it to the two originals from my 94. If they are different, itd be good to know, since i carry 94 shafts as spares. @NickOille has more experience with axle shafts than anyone I know, maybe he would know?That would make sense on the axle shafts, but the price says differently.
The 87-96 set is $159.00
The 83-86 set is $249.00
That's a hefty difference for a tone ring. I don't see any year differences noted for the carriers.
I'm struggling to find any information about it online anywhere.
Just that numerous sites that sell shafts either have an 83-86 and an 87+, or they just have the 87+, and say to use the VIN to verify. Heavy duty axles only seem to be available in the 87+. On the flipside, summitracing only lists 83-86 axle shafts, but nothing for 87+.
I'd never heard about there being any differences, so this is new to me.
Considering the whole quarantine thing, being REALLY bored is totally plausible right now.
But we were counting on you.I dunno on the difference on 83-86 to 87-96 8.8’s. All the 8.8’s I’ve ever had were 87+
I do. Even if I go with the 9", it might be worth doing just to get to the bottom of this and see what the deal is.Damnit Nick, we were counting on you! Lol
(Un)Fortunately, I've been going to work, so spare time is still limited. Too bad we arent talking full float axles, you can pull a shaft in those in like 2 minutes! If you wanted to pull one of yours... I could compare measurements on my 94s. You have a pair of calipers right?
Looks like a nice place! I checked a couple other semi-local to you places. Ventures truck parts in Ogden, UT has nothing at the moment. I got my d50 stub shaft from them. Torque King 4x4 in Montana, has all sorts of seals and bearings for the rear axles. For the ttb, they stock almost everything. I've gotten ZF5 parts from them.This might make up my mind for me:
This place is 9 miles from my house and currently has a 4.11 9" Motive Gear for $100.
Dutchman designs and manufactures replacement and custom rear ends, hi performance front and rear alloy axle shafts and has a large selection of off the shelf components including ring & pinion gears, Eaton and Wavetrac limited slip positraction carriers and differentials, full spools, billet...dutchmanaxles.com