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switching rear axle question

would my truck run any different if i were to switch my 7.5 3.73 open with a 8.8 3.73 LS from a 95 explorer xlt ?
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no enough that you would notice, except when braking..mmmmmmmmm 4 wheel discs..
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o, even if its a bigger axel? alrighty
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Yes, the heavier axle will slow you down a bit. Probably not what you're looking for. You need to have a problem you want to address that an axle change will solve. So: what are you trying to accomplish?

One puts a heavier duty axle in to reduce the chance of breakage; one regears to shift the power to certain speed ranges or to restore the effective ratio after tire size changes and so forth. Simply dropping in a heavier axle with the same ratio is a net loss.
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Also you would have to deal with hooking up the exploder parking brake. Possible residual pressure problems with the disc brakes, and changing the axle's spring perches and shock mounts.

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the ex. 8.8 is a touch wider than a ranger 8.8 too i think...
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1.5" overall , .75" a side if I'm not mistaken.
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The downsides are close to the upsides on this one . May have to work on the disc brakes, but you will have disc brakes. I've seen disc brake kits for $400; if you want them , it'd be a good time to get them. Ls, cost varies, but you could save by buying the axle with Ls already , at least $100? Much stronger axles. The parasitic loss due to the extra weight of the parts will be almost unnoticeable. I'd cut the spring perches and shock mounts off a junk rear in a junkyard, and a decent welding shop could weld them on for you, for a reasonable price. If you were building up an axle anyway, this seems to give a good bang for the $.
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Ahaha the 31 spline 8.8 does not weigh enough to slow you down, even slightly noticeable...

I don't think the 95 explorers had disc brakes, but, I only think, i'm not sure.
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95 and up exploders had disks.
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