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Superior Axle's Super 88 Kit - Awesome Exploder Rear Ends

Posted in How To on November 1, 2009
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If there's one thing that '95 Ford Explorers were good for, it's for axle poaching. That Ford 8.8 in the back of them came with a 5x4.5 bolt pattern on 31-spline axles (hello, Ranger and Jeep guys), disc brakes, and a whole lot of potential. The axle's biggest downfall is the C-clip design. For about $400, you can find these axles readily available. They're great axles for building and are the correct width and bolt pattern to swap into a lot of newer Jeeps and Ford Rangers.

Superior's Super 88 kit comes with chromoly shafts, c-clip eliminators, heavy duty axle retainers with spacer rings, ten 1/2-20 threaded studs, and a set of 3/4-ton Timken Roller Bearings & seals. All you need to finish the installation is some tools, grease/gear oil, and that naive friend who really thinks he is just coming over to have a beer or two.....

With Superior Axle's Super 88 kit, these axles can go from having potential to fully achieving it-and for less than $2,000 including a locking differential! The Super 88 kit eliminates the C-clip design, upgrades to 31-spline 4340 chromoly axleshafts, and keeps the hubs riding on the housing itself instead of just the four housing end bolts. It also widens the track width of the axle one inch per side. We picked up a Super 88 kit for around $600, an Auburn ECTED differential was around $650, and the Exploder 8.8 was around $400. By the time you add a new Superior ring & pinion and some bearings, you're getting close to $2,000. But for that money, you'll have a 31-spline chromoly shaft rear end with disc brakes and a locking differential!

.....While prices may range all over the place, this Ford 8.8 axle came with disc brakes, was in better than average condition and immediately available. These have to be one of the best axle deals out right now.

Now we just need to figure out which vehicle we're putting this in...

Price Breakdown
Ford 8.8 Explorer axle $400
Superior Super 88 kit $610
Auburn ECTED differential $650
Superior 4.56:1 ring & pinion $190
Install kit $90
Total $1,940

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Auburn, IN 46706
Superior Axle & Gear
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

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