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Mountain Off-Road 98600 Ford 8.8 Axle Swap Kit for 84-01 Jeep® Cherokee XJ

Catalog #: 12590.0251
Mountain Off-Road Part #: 98600
Installation Kit for 1984-2001 XJ's - No paint. This Ford 8.8 install kit includes the following items: 2 weld-on anti-wrap style spring mounts for the housing, 4 U-bolts, 2 U-bolt plates, 2 weld on shock mounts. All hardware is unpainted.

Features of the Ford 8.8 install kit are as follows: same lug nut bolt pattern; disc brakes (95 & newer); 31 spline axle shafts; 8.8" diameter ring gear (D35 is 7.5"); 120% stronger than D35; only 20 pounds more than D35; trac-loc differential stock; and 3-1/4" diameter tubes (strong!).

You now need to find the complete rear axle assembly from a 95 or newer Ford Explorer from a salvage yard. Then, remove (torch) the Ford mounts (spring & anti-sway bar). You may also need to change the gear ratio as most Explorers have 3:73. The Ford 8.8 kit gives you the following: new, weld-on anti-wrap spring mounts, weld-on shock mounts, U-bolts and U-bolt plates.

The width is almost the same. It is 5/8" per side narrower than the D35. This is a very minor drawback and will work if you have wheels with less backspace than stock. 7/8" thick wheel spacers available. No cutting or custom fitting is needed.

Note: The Ford 8.8 install kit is not compatible with anti-lock brake equipped Jeep® vehicles!

Installation Notes
Installation Difficulty:
Level 2Intermediate

1. Welding Required.

Installation Time: 2-3 hours
Parts Included

Spring Mounts
U-Bolt Plates
Shock Mounts

  • Jeep Cherokee (XJ)

  • 2001 Jeep Cherokee (XJ)
  • 2000 Jeep Cherokee (XJ)
  • 1999 Jeep Cherokee (XJ)
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  • 1987 Jeep Cherokee (XJ)
  • 1986 Jeep Cherokee (XJ)
  • 1985 Jeep Cherokee (XJ)
  • 1984 Jeep Cherokee (XJ)
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