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  1. #151

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    Ok so I made a big step yesterday in improving my issue putting power down. I FINALLY found myself an 8.8 that wasn't lightyears away. Only about 1.5 hours away. Kinda funny cuz the day I found out I absolutely didn't want this 7.5 whatsoever anymore at my test n tune is the day the guy posted it on craigslist. It's got limited slip 3.27. I want 3.73s but that's still an upgrade over the 3.08 one tire fire we have right now. Now I'm building my shopping list of control arms and other goodies.

  2. #152

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    Sweet!


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  3. #153

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    Ok so I got some parts in. I went with Maximum Motorsports adjustable lower control arms, the heavy duty series. Factory style uppers. New rubber bushings for the upper axle end. Torque box reinforcements. Control arm hardware. Also the correct speedo gear for the gear change. The inside of this rear end I picked up is still very good looking. The oil was still looking good as well. I'll be swapping my current 5 lug axles from my 7.5 into this 8.8. Weather didn't let me do much this weekend for it. I painted the rear end and removed the 4 lug axles along with the old bushings. I tried installing the new bushing with the MM tool. They would not go in whatsoever. I believe they are a little too big. I should've went with the Ford replacements.

  4. #154

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    Also, I can not get out the new partially installed bushing. Maybe I need an air impact or something. My 1/2 drive cordless snapon impact won’t budge it. Maybei it’s just my luck but these Napa bushings are the wrong size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chevelle21 View Post
    Also, I can not get out the new partially installed bushing. Maybe I need an air impact or something. My 1/2 drive cordless snapon impact won’t budge it. Maybei it’s just my luck but these Napa bushings are the wrong size.
    The OEM style rubber bushings in the rear axle are not pressed in all the way, just an FYI. I generally measure each bushing before removing and then install the new bushing to the same depth. I would have to double check the actual measurement, but I believe its @ 3/8" or so. Not sure if that helps or not, but just thought I would mention it.
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    Great progress. That new axle will do wonders for your car!
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  7. #157

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    Quote Originally Posted by wraithracing View Post
    The OEM style rubber bushings in the rear axle are not pressed in all the way, just an FYI. I generally measure each bushing before removing and then install the new bushing to the same depth. I would have to double check the actual measurement, but I believe its @ 3/8" or so. Not sure if that helps or not, but just thought I would mention it.
    Thank you for the info. I am aware they aren't pressed in entirely. My new one isn't in very far at all. Thing is just stuck. I'll get it out somehow. I have the ford replacement bushings on the way!

  8. #158

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcb82gt View Post
    Great progress. That new axle will do wonders for your car!
    Thank You! I'm very excited to see how the car will handle with the new setup. I'm hoping my 1/4 mile improves.

  9. #159

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    FINALLY got the new wrong sized bushing out. Must've been frustration that I couldn't get it out. It slipped right out this morning. I got the Ford replacement bushings yesterday. This Saturday depending on weather I'm gonna do the swap.

  10. #160

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    I came home on my lunch break real quick to install the ford bushings. Man these things went in smoothly. The ones I got from Napa were definitely too big. Iíll be getting my money back on those. Next time Iíll do measurements first before trying to install something like this.


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    Welp... Iím throwing in the towel on this rear swap for today. Itís being more difficult for me than I thought. I feel like I got nothing done. All I got done was removing the axles and the backing plates for the drums. Also disconnecting the lower arms from the rear end. Thatís about it. I was told to just swap the brake lines over to the 8.8. I canít do that because the little Tee on the 7.5 where the rubber line meets the hard lines, itís not removable. Itís welded on there. Also it looks like the rubber line isnít removable from that tee either. How does one replace that rubber line if needed?? Is that normal for the 7.5? If so why were multiple people saying to swap it over? So now Iím gonna have to get some new hard lines and a new rubber line. Also Iím not sure whatís going on with the bolt on my drivers side shock. The nut is stuck on there. Iím not sure if it seized or the threads are trashed. The bolt was fine last summer. I had it off to replace that shock. I have to remove my exhaust to get to some bolts for the lower control arms. Already bashed my nose in lol thatís when I called it quits for the day. Became far too frustrated. Iíd rather walk away. Iíll get back on it tomorrow. Kinda screwed myself a bit since this is my daily driver. I wonít have it done tomorrow. Nobody local has the brake hose I need. I guess I could use the one off this 8.8 but I donít wanna trust it.


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  12. #162

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    Went back at it. Got the 7.5 out. All 4 new arms on the chassis. The 8.8 is under the car but still on jack stands and a jack. For the life of me I can not get this thing lined up to get the bolts in. One bolt on one upper goes in all the way. The other upper only through one side. One lower a bolt goes in only one side. The other lower I canít get a bolt in at all. Frustration got the best of me again as daylight ran out. Iíll try again tomorrow.


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    Update! Ok I got this 8.8 in finally. It was much easier after a good nights rest. Things lined up much easier. Only things I need to do now are figure out what Iím gonna do about the rear brakes. Put my exhaust back on. And also get a new shock bolt since Iím gonna have to cut it to get my shock off the 7.5. Iím thinking of changing shocks though. Since my lower control arms are adjustable I no longer need my air shocks to control ride height to clear my poor choice of backspaced wheels.


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    Took my first test drive. I have to say the car handles soooo much better. It actually wants to put power to the ground now. It was a short drive but there was no wheel hop whatsoever. It was pretty nice having two wheels wanting to move the car instead of one. Wonít be driving the car yet because I still donít have rear brakes. I got some stuff in town for the brakes. Wrong size threads on the lines I got. I know what I need now. I can just get everything from LMR but Iím on a budget. So Iím bending my own lines trying to still use the same intermediate lines the car came with.


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    Just a few randoms on my phone. I was bad taking pictures during this swap.


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