8.8 rear end swap

Discussion in '2005+ Ford Mustang v6 4.0L Tech' started by Sparsh0, Sep 4, 2017.

  1. Sparsh0

    Sparsh0 Junior Member

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    I have an '08 v6 and I was wondering if the 8.8 rear end is a direct bolt on ( minus the flange for the driveshaft) for the v6 or are the mounting points different?
     
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    All s197 body's are the same. They use the 3 link mounting points
     
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    As Wes06 indicated, it's a direct bolt up and the only thing you'll need if the trans and DS are still the V6 base is a pinion flange (M-4851-B) to adapt the DS.
     
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    Awesome! That's what I thought but just wanted to confirm. Any ideas where I could get the whole unit? Specifically with some bigger gears?
     
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    Look in junkyards. Hopefully get lucky with the right gears you want. Otherwise you'll pay as much to swap gears as you probably did for the junkyard axle
     
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    Like mentioned all 2005 8.8 will work.

    But you can not use a 8.8 from 2004 and back. The new edge/SN95 and fox bodies used a 4 link suspension that isn't compatible with the S197s. But all the gears in the differential are the same 1986-2014
     
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    Check CraigsList or Ebay and you might find a deal. The forums may turn up something as well. You may have to wait for the ideal setup or get the axle assembly and do gearing later.
     
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    I paid close to a grand for my 8.8 on fleebay. But I got springs, shocks,brakes, ebrake cables, and control arms with it. 05-13 will work.

    The stock GT lower control arms are actually lighter than the V6.
     
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    On eBay store I buy mustang stuff from and never had an issue is seller:midwaymustangparts they have full rears ready to drop in including suspension ranging from 450-800. Depending on gears, miles, differntial cover etc
     
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    Shipping on mine was $150. I picked it up at the shipping co. and saved $75 for residential delivery.
     
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    I've bought a few complete 8.8 rear ends for S197's, ranging in price anywhere from $120 to $400. All about finding the right guy. The $120 one was in great shape and still in my car going strong.
     
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    If I were to try and pull one out at a junkyard, would it have to come from a gt or could I get one of the explorer or ranger rear ends?
     
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    It has to come from a Mustang - the Explorer and Ranger rear ends have leaf springs for mounting and not the Mustang 3 link; plus the Explorer is a different width.

    You can use a rear end from any Mustang 2011 to 2014 and any GT rear end 2005 to 2010. Some of the 2011-2014 rear ends will have the correct flange on them for your V6 - won't know until you pull the rear end and check. I never figured out what the combination of options is that has some with the correct flange.
     
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    thanks for the info! very helpful.
     
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    Thanks for that info I was wondering the same thing I had bought 8.8 3.75 I have a 08 v6 mustang so mine is stock with 7.5 just sucks now I know I am going to replace threat with 8.8 from a mustang GT so I can run 8.8 4.10

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