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2000 V6 Rear end rebuild shopping list?

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hello, I want to rebuild the rear end on my 2000 V6. I was planning on getting an 8.8" LSD with 3.73 gears. It's easier to find these parts with 31 splines instead of the stock 28 I have. I also want new axles so i figured I might as well get everything with 31 splines. I know the my drive shaft is also a 28 spline... would I have to replace that too? what else should I add to my shopping list that would make everything fit together a little better? has anybody else done this and could you give me some tips and pointers?

I've done a little research into this and a lot of people say that the diff should be just an easy unbolt and bolt in procedure. But i don't think it can be that easy. Everything has to match up right? so you cant just throw in a bigger diff and not upgrade anything else right?

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Your V6 car will have the 7.5 rear end. You can not put 8.8 parts in a 7.5 rear end. You need to get a complete 8.8 rear end out of a GT.

The drive shaft doesn't matter.

Building a rear end is far from a bolt in job. You MUST know how to set the pinion depth, bearing preload and backlash to get the correct contact pattern. You also MUST know how to read the pattern so that you will know what adjustments need to be made to the pinion depth and backlash.
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That's what I thought. Thanks for the help, I'm going to continue researching a bit before I actually buy anything. Thanks again.
Be carefull where you get your information. There is a lot of bad information on the internet that can cause you a lot of trouble and cost you a lot of money. There are several videos on youtube about building rear ends that are completely wrong, and some of them are on building the Mustang 8.8 rear end.
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