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Default Explorer 8.8 Rear-End Swap

Has anyone swapped in an Explorer 8.8 Rear-End into an early Mustang (65)? Does anyone know of any good tech articles on this? Thanks.
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Check out the web sites for Mustang Monthly and Modified Mustangs & Fords. Go to their Tech sections. There was an article in one of the two about this.

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I usually pick these mags up at my local newsstand (sorta speak)...I guess I should just get a subscription! I searched the tech articles and nothing immediately came up on this. I'll look again later when I have more time. If you happen to come across it in one of your magazines please let me know...it will of course narrow down my search a bit. Thanks.
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Also: Does anyone happen to know the width of an Explorer 8.8 Rear-End off the top of there head? Thank you.
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I recently did/am doing a '95 Explorer rear swap into my '68, the spring perches were too narrow, I had to weld on some plates to make up for it, but it fit just fine, only thing is that my muffler is in the way of the pinion gear, but that can be solve by moving over the muffler
As far as I know, it hsould fit in a '65, just a matter of the spring perches
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Here is a link to what is required swaping the Explorer into a Ranger, not a Mustang, but has a lot of good info and things to watch for.
The Ford Explorer 8.8-Inch Rear Axles
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Dave, Thanks for posting this info.



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Here is a link to what is required swaping the Explorer into a Ranger, not a Mustang, but has a lot of good info and things to watch for.
The Ford Explorer 8.8-Inch Rear Axles
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I recently did/am doing a '95 Explorer rear swap into my '68, the spring perches were too narrow, I had to weld on some plates to make up for it, but it fit just fine, only thing is that my muffler is in the way of the pinion gear, but that can be solve by moving over the muffler
As far as I know, it hsould fit in a '65, just a matter of the spring perches
I can't recall is the 8.8 just a bit wider or narrower then a standard 8"/9"? Also: For the spring perches did you compensate by going toward the third-member? And did you weld the tubes in?
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I found the article that I was thinking of. It was in the June 2007 issue of Car Craft. www.carcraft.com It's probably in the web site tech or how-to section. They are doing the install into a 67 Mustang.

They recommend that the tubes be welded to the third member housing if your engine is producing a bit of power. The tubes are steel and the third member housing is cast iron. Welding these two dissimilar metals should be done by someone with welding experience.
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