Bent explorer 8.8 looking for another axle.


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So while I was doing a vehicle rescue in the middle of the night I hit a nasty wash out that bent my axle and the only reason I know is because it squeaks and vibrates the bed. Now Im looking for a full size axle that has 4.10 gears that'll bolt in fairly easy. I running a G50 race pack deavers with a bed a cage and 10" bedsides so I have more than enough clearance.
 


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Are you looking for something beefier than an 8.8, or something wider than an RBV?

The 31-spline 8.8 was used in F-series trucks for years, just a wider version than the Ranger and Explorer got.

For beefier, a 9.75 from a 2004+ would be a good choice. Most of your rear brake parts will still be usable on that.
 

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A nodular iron 9 inch from a stang would be perfect.
 

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For beefier, a 9.75 from a 2004+ would be a good choice. Most of your rear brake parts will still be usable on that.
What changed for '04?
 

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Are you looking for something beefier than an 8.8, or something wider than an RBV?

The 31-spline 8.8 was used in F-series trucks for years, just a wider version than the Ranger and Explorer got.

For beefier, a 9.75 from a 2004+ would be a good choice. Most of your rear brake parts will still be usable on that.
Now on the 04+ will I have to cut and move the leaf spring perch ? And will I have to find a yoke adapter and wheel adapters since the lug patter is different?
 

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Now on the 04+ will I have to cut and move the leaf spring perch ? And will I have to find a yoke adapter and wheel adapters since the lug patter is different?
Yeah, same for '99-03 if you want to stay with disk brakes.

Aside from the bolt pattern (both are wrong for a Ranger) I don't know what big changed for 2004 though.
 

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What changed for '04?
I see far more non-SCREW 97-03 trucks with rear drums. I am assuming the OP had discs on his Explorer axle. I have never seen rear drums on an F-series of Expedition after 2004.

Now on the 04+ will I have to cut and move the leaf spring perch ? And will I have to find a yoke adapter and wheel adapters since the lug patter is different?
Leaf spring perch and wheel adapters will be required on any Ford full size axle. They were wider trucks with a wider bolt pattern.

An 8.8 can accept your existing companion flange.
 

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I see far more non-SCREW 97-03 trucks with rear drums. I am assuming the OP had discs on his Explorer axle. I have never seen rear drums on an F-series of Expedition after 2004.
This is wrong. I didn't sleep much and forgot what my own post said.

From 97-03 I have seen many more FS 8.8s with drums. The 9.75 was always disc. In 04 the 9.75 became more common than the 8.8, at least in my experience.
 

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I see far more non-SCREW 97-03 trucks with rear drums. I am assuming the OP had discs on his Explorer axle. I have never seen rear drums on an F-series of Expedition after 2004.
I think the switch was in ‘99. The ‘02 in my driveway has disks.
 

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I think the switch was in ‘99. The ‘02 in my driveway has disks.
Oh they were available as an option before that. My 97 Expedition has rear discs. My dad's 97 F-150 had drums.

The Expedition is a 5.4 with a 9.75 axle. Dad's truck was a 4.6 with an 8.8. I have seen a few later than 99 with drums. We saw a LOT of this era truck during the many multiple waves of the fuel tank strap recall. And even though it was the only thing we were ever going to do on those trucks, we still had to check the brakes for the MPI.

The pattern I noticed was that a 5.4 pretty much always had a 9.75 and rear discs. In fact I can't specifically remember ever seeing a 9.75 with drums.

A 4.6 truck was more likely to have an 8.8 with drums unless it had a tow package.

I think Ford ditched rear drums for the F-series altogether in 04 when they went to a 6-lug axle.

It also seems like the SCREW trucks always got a 9.75, and they became more common to see on the 04+ body than in the 97-03. I don't think they even offered it as an option until 2000.
 

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Oh they were available as an option before that. My 97 Expedition has rear discs. My dad's 97 F-150 had drums.

The Expedition is a 5.4 with a 9.75 axle. Dad's truck was a 4.6 with an 8.8. I have seen a few later than 99 with drums. We saw a LOT of this era truck during the many multiple waves of the fuel tank strap recall. And even though it was the only thing we were ever going to do on those trucks, we still had to check the brakes for the MPI.

The pattern I noticed was that a 5.4 pretty much always had a 9.75 and rear discs. In fact I can't specifically remember ever seeing a 9.75 with drums.

A 4.6 truck was more likely to have an 8.8 with drums unless it had a tow package.

I think Ford ditched rear drums for the F-series altogether in 04 when they went to a 6-lug axle.

It also seems like the SCREW trucks always got a 9.75, and they became more common to see on the 04+ body than in the 97-03. I don't think they even offered it as an option until 2000.

So would this be a legit site to buy a rear end for? My pickapart has no newer fords with disc brakes . https://automotix.net/usedautoparts/2004-ford-f_150_pickup-rear_axle_assembly-inventory.html?fit_notes=7ed90ce635d8928ea3b5a84e2d546bf0&seq_num=28
 

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Looks good. I have never heard of them before, but I don't usually buy major assemblies online.
 


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