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Made some progress

I managed to find a JY that pulled the axle for me and charged $150 complete with a lug nut on each side holding the drums on..

I'm awaiting a few brake line fittings, along with the axle swap kit from Ruff Stuff, then its getting loaded onto a trailer and getting hauled to a shop in south austin, once it gets home my new cover from Ruff Stuff will be going on (the D44)

the axle didn't look that wide until i bolted the wheels up

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idk who said it, but someone said a 9" isn't that much stronger than an 8.8", they're smokin' crack. Look at the size difference's between the shafts. maybe the ring gear is only .2" bigger but the axle as a whole is WAY stronger.
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I'm thinking about running it like this, what do ya think?
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When i pulled it apart i noticed it had those little brass washers you see on brake calipers.. I don't need them do i? I couldn't see why but who knows..

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I had an extra carrier laying around from my purchase from Gildo, it had 3.50 gears in it where as the stocker had 3's in it.. so i swapped the lower gear ratio 3rd member in and hope its enough until I can get new gears put in..

I'm still learning about the 9", its such an amazing and mysterious axle with all the possibilities and support that is has!! If i manage to break the 31 spline shafts I'll upgrade to some FF 35 spline hardware

I think I'm going to slowly build the spare hosing and 3rd member, locker, gears, truss the axle, build some links.. 4 link the rear

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i had those on the 9" on my 76 only had about half of em and those that were left had seen better days so i would say they are just a type of crush washer or lock washer to keep the bolt from backing out. so far mine are still where i put em. so if you want em keep em
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the nuts them selves are locking, they're like oblong, and you cant screw them down with your fingers.
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like i said didn't seem to do anything to mine not being there
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yea, I didn't put em back on, we'll see what happens haha



AND, I didn't know both shafts were the same length!

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I'm guessing krawltex, what are they going to charge you.
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nice man. Im going to be looking for a 4.10 axel soon, but have no idea where to look. you need to point me to some of the yards around here
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Sweet!! Looks good! Can't wait until you get that thing out on the trails again and get more pics.
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I'm guessing krawltex, what are they going to charge you.
he said 100-150. I got my brake lines and fittings, just waiting on the ruff stuff order at this point

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nice man. Im going to be looking for a 4.10 axel soon, but have no idea where to look. you need to point me to some of the yards around here
we can take a trip up to Harolds where I got my axle, there were rangers and explorers galore!

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Sweet!! Looks good! Can't wait until you get that thing out on the trails again and get more pics.
yea i know! I cant wait, i need 4wd! but first i need a job to be able to afford the front drive shaft

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I must say Lee's old wheels and tires look pretty pimp on the back of my truck, and that 9" with tires looks badass!
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Ya man, 9" rear ends are awesome. Had one in my old truck. I did some serious stuff to it. When I rebuilt my friends 9" rear end on his Gran Torino it had those little copper washer things.
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Very nice matt......on the 9" on the cherokee, i just ran the bolts in with locktite, same with the yoda(8").
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yea, but I plan on putting the 3rd member out again in a few weeks so I just snugged 'em up real nice. It still needs to be geared and I still want to weld up the old vent hole and drill a new one.
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That isn't bad, are they going to do everything you need to get the rear set and ready to go.
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thats just to weld on the perches and shock mounts, then put it under there and I'm assuming hook up the brake lines and bleed 'em. I need to measure my yoke/u-joint and get a special u-joint from austin drive train, I guess i need to talk him into that as well.

he said an hour to an hour and half, guess their going rate is $100/hr. Then its $350 to install gears, I have the ring and pinion I just need the install/overhaul kit so ~$500 and it'll be good to go.... as an open diff :(


Hey Casey, how much more does the new diff cover stick out than the old one? I'm worried it wont clear my tie rod.

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35's.. bigger than an Xterra




kinda half-*** pic of the brake lines.



And I got to see Lee's truck first! before he posted pics haha, but here's 2 of this old wheels..

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on the 8.8 it sticks about 3/4" to 1" further.

and I bet your neighbors where like what the f#%k did he do to his truck.
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AHHHH!!! Put the 35's back on!!!
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thats just to weld on the perches and shock mounts, then put it under there and I'm assuming hook up the brake lines and bleed 'em. I need to measure my yoke/u-joint and get a special u-joint from austin drive train, I guess i need to talk him into that as well.

he said an hour to an hour and half, guess their going rate is $100/hr. Then its $350 to install gears, I have the ring and pinion I just need the install/overhaul kit so ~$500 and it'll be good to go.... as an open diff :(


Hey Casey, how much more does the new diff cover stick out than the old one? I'm worried it wont clear my tie rod.
31 spline 3rds are a dime a dozen. I got my new Spooled 4.86 geared 3rd shipped to my house for 500. Why not buy one thats already put together with a locker instead of installing gears in an open carrier.
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Matt did you drive your truck all the way home? Who is the RCD kit going to?


The 9" looks good so far, looks like you bend brake lines like i do, throw them on and let them bend in place on their own. LOL
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Naw, trailed it, remember, i split the carrier in half?
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I want to run them over the leaves to keep them out of the way, so yea, I'll hook em up, run 'em over the leaves and see what gives. whats the worst that can happen? lose all braking ability *knocks on wood*

Andrew, where'd you get that from? I'll do that instead..
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on the 8.8 it sticks about 3/4" to 1" further.
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I found mine on ebay. But I would put a post on pirate looking for what you want. And check ebay.
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This symbol " means inch.

so that means the new diff cover sticks out about 3/4 of an inch to an inch.

that is .75 - 1 inch

that means it sticks out further that the stock one by about 1 inch at the most.

don't know any other way to say it
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coulda thrown 'diff cover' in there some where

I may have an issue then haha my tie rod gets pretty close to my diff cover :(

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