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8.8 worth the money?

im thinking of buying a 8.8 rear end with 456 gears and limited slip drums...for around 400 bucks
or just buy a 7,5 with 410's and limited slip ....for 175..
is the 8.8 really worth the extra money?
Its for my daily driver and im planning on pushing 33's or 32's
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yes espically if it is already setup with 4.56 gears and limited slip.......the gears, install kit, and limited slip would run $500+........not to mention the extra strength of the 8.8 over the 7.5
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get it mark you will be happier.
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yeah im seriously thinking about it..But the guy who i met up with today seemed kinda sketchy,...i really cant tell if it really has 456 gears in it or limited slip... or if its even a 8.8....and i kinda want to build up my front end a little better b4 i buy the rear end..i just want a opinion if its really worth the price difference between the 2..either my prices or someone elses
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8.8 stock **** , and I love it. Makes me feel all warm inside knowing I have something beafy down there.
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get the 8.8 and just save the money for the front end.
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In a CarCraft article...

8.8 28spline = lil weaker than a GM 12bolt
8.8 31spline = GM 12bolt, maybe even better than the 12bolt.
8.8 = alot lighter than a 9".
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8.8 stock **** , and I love it. Makes me feel all warm inside knowing I have something beafy down there.
haha to bad thats the only thing beefy down there ...lol j/k jared...
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haha to bad thats the only thing beefy down there ...lol j/k jared...

Lol right after I posted that I figured that was comming.
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the standard 8.8 found in rangers is barely stronger then the 7.5 just to let you know.. the strong 8.8 are from an explorer or the lvl 2 rangers.
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if it isn't a 31 spline, then it probably isn't worth it.
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I know mine is an 8.8 limited slip from the factory but is there a way to tell if its a 31 spline w/out tearing it apart or did Ford even offer a 31 spline option with the 8.8?
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I know mine is an 8.8 limited slip from the factory but is there a way to tell if its a 31 spline w/out tearing it apart or did Ford even offer a 31 spline option with the 8.8?
look on your drive side door sticker, there should be an "axle code".
http://www.therangerstation.com/tech_library/Axles.html
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i had my factory 7.5 and when we put the 295s on we blew it to peices in first hour, bought on out of a 94 expo and it lasted for quite a while until she dried up (dont ask), so i went and bought a 31 spline 8.8 LS out of an 04 lvl 2 with 4:10s and i love it, it has taken some pretty good abuse and shows no problems so far, i love it, just gotta find a locker.
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i had my factory 7.5 and when we put the 295s on we blew it to peices in first hour, bought on out of a 94 expo and it lasted for quite a while until she dried up (dont ask), so i went and bought a 31 spline 8.8 LS out of an 04 lvl 2 with 4:10s and i love it, it has taken some pretty good abuse and shows no problems so far, i love it, just gotta find a locker.
if its out of a lvl2 it has one of the best limited slips(torsion) you can get.
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That would be correct. The torsen is one of the best. I think that the Detroit True Trac has it beat though. Just my .02
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look on your drive side door sticker, there should be an "axle code".
http://www.therangerstation.com/tech_library/Axles.html
Wow that helped a lot, thanks bro
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if it isn't a 31 spline, then it probably isn't worth it.
i agree... save your money and get the good stuff
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