For those that have done a shortened 8.8..........

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  1. 55crownvic

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    Did you install the new spring perch with the same angle as the explorer had? Or did you make the angle the same as the pinion angle?
     
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    Did you use 2 short side axle ?????
    I was able to save the explore perches and reuse the explore u bolts and spring plates.
    The problem I had the outer u bolts are so close to where the housing neck down I had to weld 2 strap per side to keep the u bolt in alignment...
    As for pinion angle I set at a angle I wanted...
     
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    yes, I replaced the long axle with a short one, worked perfect, cut 2 7/8" from the long tube , now I just need to weld the perches on and maybe add the little pieces to keep the u bolts in place. Am gonna try and reuse the maverick shock bracket/diff bracket. I think at this time I will weld the perches with the same angle as the pinion, if he wants more or less angle he can add the shim.
     
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    May I ask what tool did you use to cut axle housing tube?
     
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    You will need to be re-drilled the stock spring plates. I used the explore spring plates flip them from side to side and modified them for lower shock mounts. In pic #1 & 2 you can see the strap welded between u bolts . The brake hoses are 2 driver side explore hoses . This 8.8 is in a 64 falcon but it is the very same dimension as a maverick.
     
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    I had the housing narrow by a local shop that all the tools and mandrels to
    keep the housing strait .
     
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    I used a cut-off wheel air tool, made the marks around the tube, then ran a tape stripe on those marks, then cut right on the edge of the tape, worked great.
     
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    Mavdog71 & 55crownvic thanks. Iv seen others use a hand Grinded with a cut off disc & even a sawsall but those housing was 1/8" think & if iv read right the explorer housing is 1/4" think. It seems to me it be harder to cut a straight line with a hand held grinder that thinkness but you say it work great is good to hear 55crownvic:thumbs2:
     
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    I was wondering if you had access to a big pipe cutter ( the manual type you turn by hand ) if you could use that to score the axle housing. Pipe cutters seem to track in a straight line and score pretty deep, I have never tried to cut a pipe that big with one you might even be able to go completely through and then just have to do a little grinding to the inside.
     
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    What one of my friends done was Got a 8.8 out of a Ranger pickup just cut it enough to put C clip eliminators on and weld new perchs on. Hey we put Wilwood brakes on the rear.
     
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    A hose clamp can work well to use as a guide to cut a tube straight if you are really strapped for tools.
     

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