7.5 to 8.8
Something I've been really wanting to do is toss my 7.5 to the curb and swap in an explorer 8.8. Unfortunately for me, I don't have access to a welder for the shock absorber attachments. While lying awake last night, I thought of a couple things that hopefully will work like I'm hoping.
For sake of argument, let's say I grab thje 8.8 from a '97 Explorer. It's a 4:10 gear ratio with L/S and disk brakes.
I understand that if I swap the 8.8 in as-is, my rear end will be subsequently lower. However, if I were to also take the leaf springs from the explorer, would I get back to my factory height with this method?
If the above does work, would I then be able to swap over my Ranger's rear drum brake setup onto the 8.8?