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    Oldiron440 Well-Known Member

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    I haven't looked at the difference between Ujoints but it might be that there is a hybrid joint for the two, then you could get by with just shorting the shaft.
     
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    As in shortening the drive shaft?
     
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    Yes, I plan on my 8.8 taking plenty of abuse so I bought the 1350 yoak and crush sleeve eliminator and replaced the axle ends with 9" axle ends. There are no C clip eliminator for the Explorer axles. At some point I'm looking to push 6 or 700 hp through it.
     
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    And knowing you it will be in the more violent naturally aspirated form. Godspeed little 8.8. May your hardware hold fast and your wheels be hopless.
     
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    I have a 79 Aspen. I put an 8.8 in it. I didn't use an Explorer rear end though. I found that the 94-98 Mustang GT has nearly the same width rear axle. I bought mine out of a 97. I cut the coil spring perches off and welded leaf spring perched on. Its the same bold pattern and rear disc brakes. Pretty easy swap.

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    The mustang 8.8 has 28 spine axles and the Explorer has 31. The mustang 8.8 can be upgraded to 31 but you need a new differential and aftermarket axles.
    That's where the value of the Explorer axle assembly is, you get the strength of the 31splines for $150 or so.

    I'm not a fan of a C clip axle so I had Ford 9" ends put on and used aftermarket axles. I also had the axle tubes welded to the differential.
     
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    It doesnt seem like you had to shorten the axle or anything. And it looks like you had the ability to reuse the stock shock mounts. What are you doing about the pinion mount for the driveshaft?
     
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    What spring perches did you use? Also what did you about the pinion yoke?
     
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    So many ideas are in my head. I’ve been trying to line up a 8.25” or 8.75” without spending $2k or traveling 500+ miles and haven’t had much success. This thread just gave me hope and ideas lol