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Icon10 200$ junkyard find!

well ive had my 8.8 28 spline rearend for a lil while now but i got down and dirty with it today and sanded it then sprayed her down with rustolen then a duplicolor black primer then! i completely coated it with rubberized undercoating for now...

and yes it does look brown but its sitting on stands in my driveway so it can bake in the sun ad it does turn black

i wont be using any of the brake lines that are on it now i just kept them on for the moment so i dont get anything that i dont want inside them little holes..

well it has a 3.73 ring gear ratio and lucky me i didnt even realize i got a ls rearend until i read up a little more into rearend tags lol
well here she is tell me wutcha think!
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Looking good. I thought you needed 4.10's? Might as well go 4.56!
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ya ive got genuine 4.56's coming with the master install kit im just in the hole right now cuz i need 250 to get it all installed! i guess next weeks paycheck will do it if the gears and junk are all in! im freakin happy and i hope this fixes my what ever issue i have...
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Nice find, i had to pull my axle from the yard since it was going to take them 3 hours with a fork lift and a cutting torch, WTF, i pulled it in under a hour with a cresent wrench, talk about fun, but in all it was $225 with 56xxx miles and 4.10s with ls, so u got a really good deal...
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lol your gonna hate me they didnt even ask me if i wanted to take it off myself they went strait to the ranger picked it up and got strait to cutting and ten minutes later as im sitting in the dirt just watching they walked over and said were you want it and i was like ummm possibly the bed of my truck and they said alright back it to the gate and well bring it around for you and ya all for the lovely price of 200$
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Mine told me they would have to wait for a fork lift to come open, and i was looking and a guy driving one around with nothing on it, pissed me off, so i offered to pull it myself and they said that would be fine but i have to have it out by closing time, which was 3 hours away, hardest part i had was finding a jack in one of the junk cars, but i found one and got it out in about a hour, they knocked $50 bucks off since i pulled it myself so i was happy...

Then a few weeks later i went back to the yard to get some sport trac wheels and tires and they told me 50 each, it had been rainin that day and the trac was in a bad location so i took my wallet out and left it in my center console, about 30 minutes later came back with the wheels to pay for them and found my wallet in my floor board empty, someone got $250 richer cuz of my dumb a$$...and bad part is no one else was in the yard but me and the workers and i parked in front of the front door so the guys that were on the computers could see my truck and they said didnt anyone go in my truck, i dont do anything with them now...
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Good choice on the USW lo pro powdercoated box. Looks exactly like mine :)
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8.8 are always nice to have lol
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I got an extra 8.8 4.10 open carrier just waitin' to get swapped out...with a $200 '99 expo axle w/ 20k! WOOT WOOT!



Nice you found a 8.8 finally man. Good to hear.
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Looks nice! get one of those differential covers from ruff stuff when you do the re-gear!
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sweet find!! hope it works out better for ya!!
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I used that rubberized undercoating stuff before, it sucks. It peels off with the pressure washer.

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ya i just put the rubberized coating on their for the moment to keep the rustolen from being touched by any weather while it sits up but when i regear it and get a new dif cover on it then ima pull it resand it and spray it with bed liner called gator 2 we use it on all our atv's and tractors and its worked realy well to the abuse at the hunting camp so im pretty sure it will hold up fine

and ideas on a dif cover? i can only find one for the explorer 8.8... will they fit
and will it be a better idea to just use my drum brakes or would it just be easier to swap the brake lines and parking brake line?

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you probably got the 10" drums...bigger than your 9's now....

You havn't looked hard enough for an 8.8" diff cover......ANY 8.8 cover will work for an 8.8
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Great looking 8.8 axle there. I'm still looking for my $200 Explorer 8.8! Good luck with your build!
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well the brakes on the 8.8 are kinda toast and mine on my 7.5 are almost brand new would it be best to just buy new stuff for my new 8.8 or could i just swap my drums to the 8.8?
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seriously....with what you are doing...gear swap, axle swap, etc....get yourself NEW shoes, wheel cyl's, retract springs, etc......and do the back brakes. It won't cost you most than $80....and that's not even using the cheapest shoes. Get them drums machined.
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