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09-11-2008, 09:28 PM
I need your advice, I am putting a 8.8 rearend in my 56 nomad. my question is the fact that the 8.8 has a 1.5 offset on the yoke, how is this going to effect the drive shaft and is this an issue.
09-11-2008, 11:19 PM
I would think that as long as the rear axle is square to the engine there would be no adverse effect. Do you see any clearance problems? The u-joints will take care of the offset as long as the center line of the engine is parallel to the the center line of the pinion shaft.
09-12-2008, 07:37 AM
Bill, I talked to some of the Currie and moser about that issue and they said it could work but it might damage alot of u-joints. One question though, a stock 8.8 explorer rear has almost 3" offset, has yours been modified already? Here is a simple fix to your problem. Go to a salvage yard and buy another short side axle. Take the rear end to a local metal guy or race car builder or send it to Moser or Currie. Have them center the pinion and instll the other axle you bought into the narrowed side. I did this to mine and I ended up with 56.5" wheel mounting surface to wheel mounting surface and it cost me $100 to have on side cut down 3". I can even send you instructions on how to cut you axle yourself if you want, just PM me. The problem I saw with leaving it offset was that not only did I NOT want to change out u-joints but I was afraid the driveshaft would hit the tunnel because the driveshaft would not be in-line with anymore. It is a good swap and really easy to accomplish. Let me know if I can help.
09-20-2008, 10:54 PM
Thanks for the tip guys. The rear end is stock and I think your right on the 3" part
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