Gimme a ring. I spoke with Mark at SSBC today for ya
It won't be 850$.
Couple problems for Sam..
"mounting brackets to fit Ford 8.8 in. truck/9 in. late Ford axle housings with 2 in. x 3.56 in pattern, big 3.15 in. bearings, and attaching hardware."
Different Bearing size for a Standard 8,8 rear. He doesn't have a lvl2 or the larger 31spline axle housing. The flange pattern for the caliper brackets won't be right.
Sam COULD buy an explorer axle and Brian and I could modify it for him to sit properly on his leaf springs. He would then have to wonder the condition of the internals/axles , rotors, pads, calipers.. Those axles around here can be found for cheap ( 150$-ish ) but pulling them in the snow and mud when they are on the ground.. In NY..
His drums are presently locking up, something needs to be done.
Is the SSBC kit expensive? At 850$, yep!
The question is.. grabbing a bone yard axle thats sat in a yard in snow and muck.. then having to rebuild it.. and modify it.. Whats the final cost? 500$? maybe less.. maybe more.. Guessing game anyone?
Theres nothing wrong with his axle, just those damn drum brakes. Why risk braking something thats working?
The SSBC setup comes with EVERYTHING! They even tossed in new Parking brake lines ( Yankees will tell you southern boys that snow/salt will sieze those lines up really bad ). New braided brake lines.. If I had any questions or issues, it was all local for me. Sam doesn't live that far away.
Toss in ' Time ' as well. The SSBC kit takes all of 2 people maybe 3 hours to do ( slow pace at that ). How long would it take to fish out an axle, clean it, re-do the spring mounts, drop out the old axle and disconnect everything..
From beating on my setup, I think they are worth 850$. Granted, part of my praise goes to having SSBC in my neighborhood and having my hands on a lot of ' goodies ' from them. Ask me when the last time I bought pads or rotors was
As for the effectiveness of their product.. I bought a Wilwood setup for an 8.8 . Its on another Ranger. Its a performance setup with ' hat ' type rotors.. IT SUX! I'm glad I went the way I did.