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7.5" to 8.8" Swap

Looking to swap my 7.5" full open rear end to an 8.8" LSD. Should I stay with drum brakes or get an 8.8 off an explorer with discs?
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go ahead and put the expo, larger disc brakes than your drums, not to mention its stronger than your 7.5 by alot.

go ahead and get the expo leafs as well and swap it all in.
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Dependends on if you want to do fab work or you wants a direct drop in.
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The ranger one is going to be all bolt on. The expo one is going to take fab work.
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The ranger one is going to be all bolt on. The expo one is going to take fab work.
Exactly.. but if you're able to do it then go for it!
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So no modification for the Expo swap at all?
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You will need to do modifications to make the explorer rear end work. You will have to relocate the spring perches and the shock mounts.
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What about one off a Mustang? I know I'd have to make it work for leaf spring suspension instead of coil springs. But would it work?
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also take into account the clamping load on them calipers now you dont have to overcome spring tention before your surface alpplied so your master cylinder might have to be adjusted so that your not back brake byist, just a thought i havnt read much on the swap let us know how it goes man
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Generally the master cylinders in our trucks play well with discs.
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mustang rear end probably wont have the gearing you want.
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