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Feel-her thread!! Expo axle

I still need to do a bunch of research on this but wanted some opinions from y'all while I'm still searching and getting prices.

Before I get my gears installed I would like to swap out the rear and get rotors back there.

I have a 94 Explorer w/ 200,000 miles, drum brakes, sitting at my house right now. Do you think it would be better to try and find a newer Expo axle with rotors or convert the Expo axle I have to rotors? What about the price difference?

Anyone have experience with this same issue? Thanks.
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I really think it would be worth it finding an axle with disc brakes
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I really think it would be worth it finding an axle with disc brakes
I think that may be the way to go. I've been looking on Rockauto and it's starting to get expensive!!
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go to a junkyard! even the crappy junkyards where i live have expo axles with the disc brakes. Most decent ones Ive seen are around $300 or so with decent mileage (<100k) I was gonna do this mod, but its on hold for now
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Why not go with a 9"? The way you beat on your truck might as well go with something strong.
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You can rob the brakes from a 95+ expo and put 'em on the 94 and older expo axles....Direct swap. Junkyard should run ya like $50. OR shoot...maybe an axle at your local yard runs like $150, i'd just start new and you'll maybe get a low mile unit too. You'd be like me....but i'm using a Fx4L2 31spline drum and converting to Expo discs.
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You can rob the brakes from a 95+ expo and put 'em on the 94 and older expo axles....Direct swap. Junkyard should run ya like $50. OR shoot...maybe an axle at your local yard runs like $150, i'd just start new and you'll maybe get a low mile unit too. You'd be like me....but i'm using a Fx4L2 31spline drum and converting to Expo discs.
Aren't the older (pre 95') Expo axles 28 spline?
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no they were 31 spline even back in 91, that was the rear expo axle I ran for a while
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Why not go with a 9"? The way you beat on your truck might as well go with something strong.
apparently the explorers discs will swap over to the 9".
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no they were 31 spline even back in 91, that was the rear expo axle I ran for a while
I see, I always thought they were 28. Good to know.
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Why not go with a 9"? The way you beat on your truck might as well go with something strong.
I've thought about it. But I know nothing about them and I've got stuff for the 8.8 already. I could probably swap out the 8.8 stuff for some 9" gears if I needed to. I need to do more research.

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apparently the explorers discs will swap over to the 9".
That's interesting!!

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You can rob the brakes from a 95+ expo and put 'em on the 94 and older expo axles....Direct swap. Junkyard should run ya like $50. OR shoot...maybe an axle at your local yard runs like $150, i'd just start new and you'll maybe get a low mile unit too. You'd be like me....but i'm using a Fx4L2 31spline drum and converting to Expo discs.
I might go to the junkyard this weekend and do some price checking.
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I got my complete axle assm. (rotors, pads, calipers, ect) for $250.
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i got a complete brake to brake 95+ expo for a whopping $65! gotta love half off holiday weekends and the u-pull-it yard!
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