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Old 07-23-2009
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ford didnt make a 8.8 in 79 did they?
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What was in the fox body? I thought that was a 31 spl 8.8. Or was it a 9 inch?
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What was in the fox body? I thought that was a 31 spl 8.8. Or was it a 9 inch?
stangs had 28 spline 8.8's. Not sure if certain GT's or anything came with 31 spline but the majority were 28.
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ford didnt make a 8.8 in 79 did they?
I think 1980 was the first year of the 8.8
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I think 1980 was the first year of the 8.8
Thats what i thought anything before was the 9" right?
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sorry the D44 is a 79, the 8.8 is an 88.......
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Thats what i thought anything before was the 9" right?
my 9" was from an 85, i think i read somewhere its the last year the put them in trucks.
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Old 08-04-2009
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any updates?
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dude come on anything?
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no doubt he'll break the D44 more.. are they stock shafts?








that was the end of my 8.8
Factory carrier in an 8.8 is the first weak link. C-clips as well, but if you run disc brakes its not as big of an issue.
I beat mine as hard as I could with a 3.0 and 38's/42's and didn't break anything.

Now after I get it running with the 4.6 I'm sure I'll grenade alot of stuff.
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Any way a mod could clean this up? Its my build thread, people can debate what rear came in foxbodies somewhere else. People also have to understand I am a junior in college that gets no money from mommy and daddy. Anyone can suggest getting a 9" built by a company for a mere $2000, but thats more than I have into the whole build. If I was going to go with something else I'd build it myself. You can suggest things like that till your blue in the face if you want, but its nothing I don't know about and nothing is changing. School starts in a week so I'll be leaving my truck and want as much done as possible. Enjoy the pics. Project college crawler.......

Stripped and painted the frame but missed a few spots cause I was racing an incoming tstorm so I gotta touch up/redo some. Just didnt want any flash rusting after I stripped half of it. Been battling the rain that seems to come every single day, and trying to squeeze in what work I can while its daylight.

Tore apart the packs, painted em up, took out a leaf and put em back together.

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Just lookin good using my harbor freight drill press yeaaaa, thing has more trouble drilling holes than the fat kid in my gym class did running the mile.
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The springs I bought turned out to not be 63's. 63's came in 1998 1/2+ and apparently the burb I pulled em from was just a regular 98. So my springs are about 59", I measured them earlier and they seemed to be about 61 so I figured they were 63's cause those names are usually a few off. Not so. Relocated the hangers so everything lined up and had a good shackle angle and prayed that they would give me enough lift. I took a leaf out; and I also cut the overload way down so it won't restrict travel but will enhance droop. So I slid the axle in and then it was dark and raining.

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Sprayed it, stripping it again and doing brush on rustoleum cause spray on sucks

Had to clearance Cab mounts for longer springs. Will be strengthening them.

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Had to take out the gas tank to mount drive side springs, what a *****.

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Running a pretty deep shackle angle for now, about 30% uptravel and 70% droop, should be perfect for a truck this size/weight. Looking forward to seeing how she flexes. Springs are sofffftt, I'm pumped. Reused stock blocks for now, will eventually eliminate them all together.
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Actually sits nice and low, very happy with the rear. Quite a bit of trimming ahead of me. Shoulda taken a weekend at most to do the rear but ran into 100 problems. Springs were shorter than I thought, used all grade 8 1/2" hardware on springs and nothing cleared em. Had to drill out springs, plasma cut blocks, and spring plates. NOBODY sells extended Ubolts for rangers alone, finally found a local place and they made me a set while I waited. Wicked nice, to my spec, with hardware for $36. Front gets started tomorrow.

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That rear is damned sexy man - nice work on it.. good pick on tires/wheels - cant wait to see the front start taking shape.. the hard part
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ugh oh your **** looks like my **** lol. Wheres the buckets?
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haha
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do you have plans on a traction bar setup?
And it looks good for sure man.
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its going to look sick when your done
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i have like $600 in my 9"..

actually $650, could have been $550 if i had bought a spooled geared 3rd member, not this pos posi.


but it looks good. keep us posted on the front.

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looks good bro, I feel ya on being broke haha Im jealous!
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Not Bad.
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ugh oh your **** looks like my **** lol. Wheres the buckets?
Haha ya but I plan on staying with my plan so it should be done kinda soon haha.

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do you have plans on a traction bar setup?
And it looks good for sure man.
Ya I have a tbar all made already. .250 wall dom

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lookin good man, cant wait to see it done.
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mine is set up exactly like this. d44 front with 8.8 rear... those 5.5 JD coils give how much lift??
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yeah looking good so far.
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Haha ya but I plan on staying with my plan so it should be done kinda soon haha.



Ya I have a tbar all made already. .250 wall dom



Okay i was gonna say thats probably gonna wrap pretty bad lol.
It is comming along nicley though.
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Okay i was gonna say thats probably gonna wrap pretty bad lol.
It is comming along nicley though.
Ha I was wondering why you asked that. Na thats for the front, rear won't be too bad, gonna ride like a truck and definitely hop a little but its not being built to ride nice on the road. Running fox 2.0's as well which will keep it moderately under control.

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mine is set up exactly like this. d44 front with 8.8 rear... those 5.5 JD coils give how much lift??
Depends where you mount the buckets. If you do em in stock buckets they net around 7-9 inches. But I'm just out to keep it somewhat even with the back.
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