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Got Me An 8.8 Have Some Questions

Ok so I found an 8.8 at the jy yesterday off a 2001 ranger. so i pulled it now what I wanted to know is what gears I should put in it, and do i just need the ring and pinon set, or a whole install kit? Also curious about the front diff I know I need to regear that at the same time what gears would i get for that? My ranger is a 99 4wd 3.0 with 33's and im dying right now my whole drivetrain is taking a toll. Thanks in advance
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4.56 gears.
Get the whole install kit. The whole shebang will cost less normally if you can remove the front diff on your own and drop it off at the installer.
OR, buy a used front, and drop that and the new 8.8 off at the installer for gears.
Then come home and swap it out all in an afternoon.
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cool thanks man sounds like a plan
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one more question I know im a pita but what kind of front diff do i have on my truck so i can get the right gears for it 99 ranger sport 4wd 3.0
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M35/Dana 35/D35.....thats your front axle. I suggest getting gears from CompleteOffRoad.com. Cheap Yukon gears....got my front gears, rear gears w/ install kit, notched centerpin, and a couple completeoffroad decals for right about $400 shipped.

You're not a PITA, I think I asked the same exact questions at one point.
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thanks alot Shane!
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well i ordered my R&P for front and back today with install kits with notched cross pin for the 8.8 im super excited just need to pull the front out and wait till the R&P get here and take the diffs to the install shop. Thanks alot Brian And Shane for your help!
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i have a question why would you go get an 8.8 and not get an exploder 8.8 with limited slip and 31 spine and disc breaks?
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Cuz not everyone wants one. Some people just want to bolt it in and go.

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i have a question why would you go get an 8.8 and not get an exploder 8.8 with limited slip and 31 spine and disc breaks?
Maybe he can't weld on shock tabs as super badass as you can. Out of all people you should be the last one trying to criticize what other people do, if thats what you are attempting to do.
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Cuz not everyone wants one. Some people just want to bolt it in and go.
^Ditto^ Plus the added width isn't necessarily good for a slammed ride. I was gonna do the expo, and I even bought one, but then I found a wrecked '05 L2....so, I went and bought that and am currently running it,
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i got the 8.8 out of a ranger cause its less of a headache to deal with its not that i cant weld i just chose not to. plus all the exploders i seen there alot of s*** was missing from it.
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Maybe he can't weld on shock tabs as super badass as you can. Out of all people you should be the last one trying to criticize what other people do, if thats what you are attempting to do.
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^Ditto^ Plus the added width isn't necessarily good for a slammed ride. I was gonna do the expo, and I even bought one, but then I found a wrecked '05 L2....so, I went and bought that and am currently running it,


wow way to be an ******* i was simply asking a question i wasnt trying to be an ******* i didnt need to be attacked over a simple question
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im not attacking man i know what you meant i just went the easy way cause im also lazy haha
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wow way to be an ******* i was simply asking a question i wasnt trying to be an ******* i didnt need to be attacked over a simple question
Every 8.8 thread you come in and talk about Explorer 8.8 w/ disc brakes. It could be a thread about changing the diff fluid and you will mention Explorer 8.8 w/ disc brakes. Good for you that you have one but it isn't the answer to everything. I want better resolution from my tv. Should I swap in an Explorer 8.8? It gets a little tiring seeing the same thing over an over again.

Dare I say worse than my b!tching about my truck? Close but not yet.
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Christian....for once, I'm right there with ya, even if I am a hypracrite who has a 31spline axle that's soon getting expos discs. lol.



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^Ditto^ Plus the added width isn't necessarily good for a slammed ride. I was gonna do the expo, and I even bought one, but then I found a wrecked '05 L2....so, I went and bought that and am currently running it,
wow way to be an ******* i was simply asking a question i wasnt trying to be an ******* i didnt need to be attacked over a simple question
Excuse me...but WHY THE HELL was I quoted, followed by what you said?? Care to answer me?

I'm sorry if 95+ Explorer w/ LS rear end isn't was everybody wants or needs and certainly isn't the end all to rear end swaps. Shoot....You certainly DON'T need 31spline rear axle, same goes with 90% of those who put one in.
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I found plenty of the Expo rear ends at the junkyard when I was looking for the gears I wanted. I dont have the time or the skill to weld so why get one? I also dont feel like asking my grandpa to do it for me either. I wanted something that I could easily put in the truck by myself in a weekend.

Ryan, I was wondering for my own personal knowledge how much is it gonna cost to get those gears in?
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well i bought my gears today it cost me about $560 for the gears and install kit and notched pin. But I work at a shop as an engine rebuilder and we have a tech there who works on trannys and diffs and he own me a favor cause i installed his stereo and sound system in his Grand Cherokee
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Sooo....Free .99? SWEET!

Also....If it were me, I wouldve just ground the ring gear down to run the factory centerpin. Some advice against the notched pin. But I have no real experience as to which is better/worse. 4.56 wouldn't take much grinding at all....I ground my 4.88's and it really wasn't that much grinding.

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Ryan, I was wondering for my own personal knowledge how much is it gonna cost to get those gears in?
I know I'm not Ryan, but i'll put my info in for the hell of it...

My axle guy works out of his shop behind his house. Charges $150 per axle for labor if the the axles are already pulled from the vehicle, and only uses Yukon gears.
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Ok, thanks for info. Good to know cause if I ever go bigger tires then I need some different gears.
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Ok, thanks for info. Good to know cause if I ever go bigger tires then I need some different gears.
Budget $700 in the rear swap. I've gotten quotes ranging from $1200 for both axles with gears and install, to the deal I got, to $500 labor for JUST the rear axle, to they require drive-in, drive-out aka no dropping off just the axle.
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so shane are you happy with your 4.88s and do you think that was a bad idea to go with 4.56s
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My god. How much are just the gears alone for my 8.8 28 spline? Probably get 4.56 cause I would never go bigger than 33's on my truck.
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are you asking about just ring and pinion if so shane told me to go to completeoffroad.com and i got me some nice yukons check out the site that will tell you the price for what you need
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I've got 35's too... LOOOOOOOOVE THEM!! I can put it in low, release the clutch, and in idle, I can drive up a steep street.

I think around town, 4.88 and 33's would be a blast. On the highway, You'll be turning about 3500rpms at 75 in overdrive. I'd say 4.56 is an econo gear for 35's...and a perfect gear for 33's. Wasn't a bad choice IMO.
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