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Old 08-22-2010, 05:02 PM
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hey y'all

starting to work on my truck project, don't know what to do now for performance at the moment but am starting to round up parts for handling, right now i'm on brakes, is there some company out there that has a conversion kit for say, not worth more then the truck itself or some way to make it myself, like brackets and all that, i'd prefer home made way since i could get the parts for like really really cheap, calipers for maybe 50$ brand new and all that, so yeah if anyone has good ideas that'd be sweet

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Old 08-22-2010, 05:08 PM
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i would just find a ford 8.8 out of an explorer. they come with disk brakes, limited slip and 4.10 gears. probley be cheaper if u could find one at a junkyard. only thing u got to change is the leaf spring mounts. explorers mount on the bottom of the axle. or just get the explorer leafs with the axle.
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Old 08-22-2010, 05:10 PM
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Old 08-22-2010, 05:44 PM
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or u can just pull all the bracketry u need off of a junkyard 8.8 so u dont have to buy the whole axle...
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Old 08-22-2010, 05:48 PM
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yea that would be the cheapest if u dont care about the limited slip or gears
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Old 08-22-2010, 06:15 PM
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or u can just pull all the bracketry u need off of a junkyard 8.8 so u dont have to buy the whole axle...
that would be the quickest and cheapest way to do it i think so too...bet those housings are the same size at the ends, could get everything new from an explorer here at a part store for peanuts, thanks for the tip buddy
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Old 08-22-2010, 06:18 PM
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thanks y'all for the tips and suggestions, most leaded me to an explorer rear disc setup and i think that's what i'm gonna do, don't even need to scramble through a junk yard i can get the parts for nothing thanks again for your help
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Old 08-22-2010, 06:28 PM
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that would be the quickest and cheapest way to do it i think so too...bet those housings are the same size at the ends, could get everything new from an explorer here at a part store for peanuts, thanks for the tip buddy
no problem man. just make sure u post pics and what not when u get it done
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Old 08-22-2010, 06:33 PM
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no problem man. just make sure u post pics and what not when u get it done
that'll be when winter's over if only i had another car or something to ride me around i'd be doing it right now, but all i can say for now is, it's all gonna be ebc brakes all corners slotted ventilated rotors with yellow pads, maybe overkill a little but hey, sometimes you just gotta stop NOW!! lol, i'll keep y'all informed and the pics comin
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:28 PM
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thanks y'all for the tips and suggestions, most leaded me to an explorer rear disc setup and i think that's what i'm gonna do, don't even need to scramble through a junk yard i can get the parts for nothing thanks again for your help
you gonna put explorer brakes on a 7.5 axle thats in your truck? i hope not it wont work explorers are 31 spline and a bigger axle tube. you can swap the whole axle. or you can go get all mustang v6 GT rear disk set ups. and put it on. just like he linked you too I just did this its very simple and cost effective
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Old 08-22-2010, 08:00 PM
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you gonna put explorer brakes on a 7.5 axle thats in your truck? i hope not it wont work explorers are 31 spline and a bigger axle tube. you can swap the whole axle. or you can go get all mustang v6 GT rear disk set ups. and put it on. just like he linked you too I just did this its very simple and cost effective
how can i know if it's a 7.5 or a 8.8? just curious to know i still have the tag on side of the housing i think


nevermind i was just told how to identify on the tag i'll see to that tommorow, if it really is a 7.5 then i guess i'll just have to go with the mustang setup, still gonna be simple and rather cheap, i hope, thanks for the headsup, i appreciate
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Old 08-23-2010, 05:02 AM
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how can i know if it's a 7.5 or a 8.8? just curious to know i still have the tag on side of the housing i think


nevermind i was just told how to identify on the tag i'll see to that tommorow, if it really is a 7.5 then i guess i'll just have to go with the mustang setup, still gonna be simple and rather cheap, i hope, thanks for the headsup, i appreciate
If you plan on v8 swap or something big in the future, go to the JY and get a 8.8....If yours is 2wd, its probably 7.5 right now. Once you get a good look at one or the other, you should be able to tell them pretty easily.
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Old 08-23-2010, 01:43 PM
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If you plan on v8 swap or something big in the future, go to the JY and get a 8.8....If yours is 2wd, its probably 7.5 right now. Once you get a good look at one or the other, you should be able to tell them pretty easily.
yeah i happened to shoot the underside with oil today for winter and stumbled on the tag, it is a 7.5, but i wonder if there's some sort of center piece on the aftermarket i could purchase with tuffer axles, i plan for maybe 400whp at the end of next summer but my big futur project...eeh...double that number maybe more, i'll see to that in times i'm still running around here and there for parts, in the end i might just go for broke and get myself a 9inch from curries with 35 splines axles or something, i know it'll have to be bomb proof somedays, just not right now
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Old 08-23-2010, 11:37 PM
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JLAudioguy....beefing up a 7.5 is like polishing a turd. Why spend money on an axle that there's no aftermarket for..........because it's a weak axle to begin with. Either swap in an Expo 8.8 w/ discs, or slap on Mustang discs on your existing axle. Ask yourself, do you really have a need for an axle swap to begin with? You just after brakes??

From what you typed out about future plans, just pop in an Expo 31spline 8.8 w/ discs. They're found under '95-01/05 explorers/sports/sport tracs. You will need to flip the spring perches as Explorers mount spring over and weld on some shock tabs as the expos have tabs built into the spring plates. But I will say though....there's not many cases of Ranger 28 spline 8.8's going kapoop. That's a bolt-on alternative AND it accepts the same mustang brakes as shown in the links above. That's the route my brother went since he's planning on 300 horse to the wheels in the future.
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Old 08-24-2010, 04:28 PM
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JLAudioguy....beefing up a 7.5 is like polishing a turd. Why spend money on an axle that there's no aftermarket for..........because it's a weak axle to begin with. Either swap in an Expo 8.8 w/ discs, or slap on Mustang discs on your existing axle. Ask yourself, do you really have a need for an axle swap to begin with? You just after brakes??

From what you typed out about future plans, just pop in an Expo 31spline 8.8 w/ discs. They're found under '95-01/05 explorers/sports/sport tracs. You will need to flip the spring perches as Explorers mount spring over and weld on some shock tabs as the expos have tabs built into the spring plates. But I will say though....there's not many cases of Ranger 28 spline 8.8's going kapoop. That's a bolt-on alternative AND it accepts the same mustang brakes as shown in the links above. That's the route my brother went since he's planning on 300 horse to the wheels in the future.


i ain't even bothering about doing something right project is on hold, i'm going to colege so i won't have any cash to spend on my truck, and as far as axle swap, i'll just wait and see what i wanna do, because for what i'm planning on, even a 31spline from an explorer won't do, gonna need something custom made and narrowed so i can stuff some drag radials in the back, my big big dream would be 1000+ hp it won't be a street truck when i'm done with it, thanks anyways for suggestions and help i appreciate
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