7.5 to 8.8 rearend switch

bandikook

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right now i have the stock 7.5 rearend in my ford ranger and i was thinking about switching to an 8.8 rearend. What kind of problems am i going to run into or is it a fairly simple project. Should the 8.8 fit into my drive shaft or do i need to get some type of conversion piece? Any info or help would be great. Thanks.
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shoot over to <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.dezertrangers.com>www.dezertrangers.com</A>

There are a couple guys on that message board who have done some axle swaps.
 

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or check out the ranger station links on this site.

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IF 90 or newer it should be a straight swap otherwise you will need some driveshaft mods

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If you're gonna take the time in swapping out axles, throw in the 8.8 from a late model Explorer. It's a little wider, has disk brakes, and it's stronger. It takes a little more work, but it was worth it. You need to weld on new spring perches, get new u-bolts and spring plates, and weld on new shock mounts. Nothing any fab shop or welder that knows what they're doing couldnt do for you. We installed one on a 2000 Ranger.

If you're looking for something to bolt right on, go with the Ranger 8.8.

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You could, also, use an 8.8 out of a Mustang. They have disk brakes, too. You do have to weld new spring perches on.

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Kritter

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and get new axles or drill the proper bolt pattern into them.

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thanks to all that replyed. That information helped a lot. So should the wheel or lug pattern be the same if its off of an explorer or 4.o ranger of a newer model?
 

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Should match. 5 on 4.5 center.

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I may be incorrect but, the flange or the rear end is different. I put a 7.5 in my yota, and had a driveshaft end from an 8.8 and the flange on the 8.8 has a bigger diameter bolt pattern. (89-90 rear end and 93 driveshaft end)

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You are right Pat the newer 7.5s and 8.8s use the same stuff its teh older 7.5s that dont work...this was due to the 4.0 being introduced in 90 I think and they didnt update all teh driveshafts yet.

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