too easy, grab a 99-04 8.8 from a mustang, junk yard, or wherever you can get one. if you get the correct year rear end you won't have any problems with the rear brake set-up vs a much older rear end where you would have to get the brackets for the calipers. see if you can't find a 03/04 mach 1 rear end, they come with the cobra brakes and brackets, better brakes for your build in the future.
I say get a budget rear end from either an F150 or explorer. they are both the correct width 8.8 and use 31 spline axles with upgraded diff that we need to work. thats what im about to go and explore in about 2 hours here in chicago and lets just say its not exactly warm either.....
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Hey many did you try molts? A couple months ago there was a mustang that totaled in that area. Probably was taken to them.
good idea, I totally forgot about molts,
I know that the explorer has to have the tow package for it to be a posi. Im looking to build a rear from sctrach with gears, spool possibly and even all axles, I just need a bare housing or if possibly id even take a 9''
No problem, any questions at all requarding the 96-98 swap let me know. Very straight forward and pretty easy. Everything will switch over. Things you will need are:
obviously 31 spline or whatever setup your going with
I would change the diff gasket to ensure no leaks and brand new fluid is nice
Keep your 99-04 calipers
Keep your rotors
Buy new brake pads just because your back there IMO
99-04 lower control arms! THAT IS IMPORTANT! 96-98 control arms are the same on the side that bolts to the axle but the side that bolts to the car is smaller. You need a 14mm not a 12mm. If you put 96-98 Lower control arms in it, it will have to much play and be catostphic!
All upper control arms are interchange 79-04 so anyones will work
Since your keeping your calipers dont worry about the brake lines! leave the calipers connected to them! Then you wont have to bleed/buy new fluid.
I think that covers mostly everything. Reps returned btw!
yeah i had to edit that. Forgot you have a GT. For me it sucked because 99 cobra rotors are the same height but thincker so i had to get a full 94-04 GT setup for my rear brakes. You wont because you have it all already!
I see..It would be cheaper to clean yours up. As you can see the one i got was pretty rusty. Wire brush it and spend some time cleaning it up. I took mine up to the power wash station, used my air tool with a wire brush and did alot of heavy duty chassis paint. If you just order all the parts and wait for them all to get there and get all your tools/plans ready, you could put her up on jackstands at 8, 9am and knock it out in one day!