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Old 02-19-2012, 10:55 PM   #1
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I bought an 8.8 rear end from a 97 Explorer for my 84 Bronco II. I know it is about 3" wider than the Dana 28, is it worth the money to find a Dana 35 or can I set up to run the Dana 28 as long as the gear ratios match. I got the 8.8 with 3.73 gears and disc brakes for $100. I just thought it was a good deal. I still need to get a flange to connect the drive shaft and do some fabricating on the spring perches.
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you can use the d28 as long as its geared the same.


personally, i say don't spend ANY more on the d28... just find a 3.73 d35 in a junkyard and swap it out. its basically a bolt in swap. a d35 is a HUGE step up over a d28.
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that, depends on what you're planning on doing with the truck too. the d28 is a giant turd though, def dont pay to have it regeared
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if you have any pull a parts or u pull it type places around you... find a d35 3.73, its easier than a regear and if you can get a good axle, its probably cheaper or just as cheap as a regear.
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Thank you for the advice, there is a pull a part about 15 miles from my house. One other question, will the rough country 4" lift work with the 8.8 and dana 35? I am taking the body off the frame next week and thought I would replace the body mounts and paint the frame. Figured I might put a lift on while the body is off.
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Should work fine. Only thing would be if you get new rear axle u-bolts, they'd have to be for an Explorer or F-150, not a BII or Ranger (larger axle tubes).
Have you looked at the Skyjacker or James Duff lifts at all? (or even Tuff Country?) I ask only because Rough Country's lift is known for damaging D35 axle housings.


Also just a FYI, the Ex 8.8" is 1.5" wider than the D28 (59.5" vs 58" for the BII axles). The D35 is 59.5" wide, but mounts the same as the D28.
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I used early bronco application u bolts for mine with the AAL installed. Stock explorer 8.8 u-bolts will work fine if you run standard leaf packs with no block.
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Thanks for the information, I will check out the other lift kits.
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Go for the James duff 3 inch stage 1.
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