8.8 ford matched with?

BDCCLARK

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I am replacing the narrow track axles in my 81. I already own a 95 explorer disc brake 8.8. I am not having easy luck determining my front axle though. I am not planning on out perching my front springs. What have others done? The explorer 8.8 is 59.5 wms I believe. Chris
 

barrys

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This doesn't answer your inquiry but what are you doing about the wheel bolt pattern? Adapter? Custom axles and different disks? Never seen a 8.8 swapped in a CJ, usually see them going into pre JK Wrangler, XJ/MJ.
 

tower210

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Most common seems to be a shortened Waggy d44 or fully custom or 1 tons....

I think if you are-not out-boarding; you will end up needing to modify the tube/axle lengths on both sides (I think this is where I'll end). I have a shackle reversal kit that is super heavy duty; which means out-boarding is out unless I want to completely re-do my front end...

If you keep the spring hanger the same; my perception is that a D44 pumpkin is slightly larger than a 30; and the DS will angle towards the center slightly. Might cause issue or require a better DS... Not sure...
 

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If you narrow a J-truck or Chief front 44, you can go to a width that works with the CJ frame (27.5”) and end up at a finished width of about 61”, if I recall. It’s not difficult to do.
 

tower210

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If you narrow a J-truck or Chief front 44, you can go to a width that works with the CJ frame (27.5”) and end up at a finished width of about 61”, if I recall. It’s not difficult to do.
61 is exactly where I want to be on width.... I'm measuring that I need 17" from WMS to the outer edge of the leaf spring (currently).
 

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If you narrow a J-truck or Chief front 44, you can go to a width that works with the CJ frame (27.5”) and end up at a finished width of about 61”, if I recall. It’s not difficult to do.
Thank you John. I'm not very savvy in Jeep axle specs. I'll do some research on widths of different J trucks. Chris
 

BDCCLARK

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If you narrow a J-truck or Chief front 44, you can go to a width that works with the CJ frame (27.5”) and end up at a finished width of about 61”, if I recall. It’s not difficult to do.
Is that only shortening the long side or both? Chris
 
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