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Old June 15th, 2012, 09:47
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Trussed 8.8 build with traction bar

Just finished this up the other night. I moved up to 35's last year and my 4.10 gearing hasn't been cutting it. Since I needed to regear anyway I picked up a 8.8 as a good excuse to upgrade from my dana 35.

Out of a Eddie Baur, it was supposed to be 4.10 posi but was 3.73??



Sandblasted, tubes welded, new perches on.



1.25" tube bent for the truss.



Filler plate dimple died and welded.



Pinion guard.



At this point I decided to add a traction bar after finding bent leaf springs. I was going to build one but it was cheaper to buy a M.O.R.E. bar. It came with everything except a cross member so I used a couple pieces of 1.5 square tubing and built this.





I used that Rustolem Hammered paint in Silver and black to paint everything. That stuff is the shit! Reduce it a little with Xylol and spray it with a 1.8 tip, works nice.









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Old June 15th, 2012, 10:10
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Re: Trussed 8.8 build with traction bar

Needs a shorter drive shaft.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 11:25
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Good eye, I'm doing that next week.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 14:02
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Re: Trussed 8.8 build with traction bar

How do you like your retreads? Like the truss, its clean.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 14:59
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Re: Trussed 8.8 build with traction bar

I've been very happy with them. I have several friends who run them also and no has had anything negative to say. I'm on my 2nd set and ordered 5, one showed up with a hole that was leaking air. They sent me another tire completely free. I patched the hole and basically ended up with a free tire!
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Old June 15th, 2012, 19:18
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Re: Trussed 8.8 build with traction bar

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Pinion guard.






What'd you make the pinon guard out of? How'd you weld it on? Are you willing to make another one?
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Old June 15th, 2012, 20:19
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your speed holes are backwards
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Old June 15th, 2012, 21:08
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Re: Trussed 8.8 build with traction bar

probably one of the nicer 8.8 builds ive seen. who makes the carrier gurdle?



x2 on the speed holes.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 21:23
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Sweet job.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 21:29
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Re: Trussed 8.8 build with traction bar

how was welding the truss on. (me likey btw) did you build a jig for it? or just went to town welding? I'm assuming you used a 220 mig with gas. Been wanting to truss my Front and Rear axles but havent gotten any solid info on it. Please let me know....nice build
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Old June 15th, 2012, 22:26
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Re: Trussed 8.8 build with traction bar

thats one bling 8.8 build. i didn't get to build a truss, or even paint mine lol
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Re: Trussed 8.8 build with traction bar

And whats a reasonable source for a dimple dye kit?
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Old June 16th, 2012, 15:00
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Re: Trussed 8.8 build with traction bar

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your speed holes are backwards
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probably one of the nicer 8.8 builds ive seen. who makes the carrier gurdle?


x2 on the speed holes.
It's a T/A cover, they make them for several axles.

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how was welding the truss on. (me likey btw) did you build a jig for it? or just went to town welding? I'm assuming you used a 220 mig with gas. Been wanting to truss my Front and Rear axles but havent gotten any solid info on it. Please let me know....nice build
The center section is cast steel so it's weldable. I preheated it, welded 220 mig/Argon and wrapped it with a fiberglass blanket to prevent cracking. Didn't use a jig but I tacked everything well before welding to keep it from moving.

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I bought my dies from:

http://myworld.ebay.com/whiskeyv8?ss...:X:RTQ:US:1181

They weren't cheap but they do look cool!
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Old June 17th, 2012, 07:17
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What'd you make the pinon guard out of? How'd you weld it on? Are you willing to make another one?
The pinion guard was just some 3/8" plate I bent and cut a rectangular notch out of to fit the bottom of the housing.
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Old June 17th, 2012, 17:47
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Re: Trussed 8.8 build with traction bar

That's a pretty nice 8.8 build!

Seeing the mounting spot for the factory ford pinion snubber shock gives me some ideas... dirty dirty ideas... wonder if you could make a traction bar and/or pinion guard bolt to that. Probably not strong enough for a pinion guard, and not sure it'd be strong enough for a traction bar either.

edit: FYI - when junkyard hunting, the tag on the diff tells you the gear ratio (if it hasn't rusted off) and the gear code on the door jamb does too. 42 is a 4.10:1, D2 is 4.10:1 LSD.
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