Originally Posted by Zero
Sweet deal. How much did it cost you if you dont mind me asking. I took a little hard launch with my stock 7.5 and 3:75 or whatever gears and umm... lets say they self destructed. So I'm looking at getting a 4:10 ls and maybe an 8.8 and trying to get ideas on cost. Thanks...
Well I went the bargain basement route the whole way;
I bought the diff for $40 used from a friend's fox mustang (he upgraded to 31 spline), got the clutch rebuild kit at Ford employee cost of around $44, and paid a Ford tech $200 under the table to install it, including new bearings, sythetic fluid, etc.
So I have just shy of $300 in the whole thing, which seems like a great deal compared to the going rate (the part is around $80 on ebay, clutch kit $50+, labor would have been over $300 at consumer rate, dunno how much bearing are (I'd guess around $10 each for Motorcraft parts) and the synthetic fluid is around $15/qt.
As for cost of upgrading a 7.5 to an 8.8LS, talk to Q (pickupman92), hes in the process of upgrading his 92 Ranger to 8.8LS with an Explorer axle, it involves getting new mounts welded on.