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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-08-2007, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Tell Me this will work!

I just paid $78 for "An 8.8 traction loc out of a 1997 Ford Mustang GT rearend. This is a 28 spline traction lock. Good used condition. Will fit many different years of 8.8 rearends" off of ebay. I Hope it works out!

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sorry man it won't, the irs have a lil extra machining done on them so that the snap ring on the half shafts lock into them. if you had an irs along side it you could more the likely machine it to work but that would kinda defeat the purpose
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oh no..are you serious! that sucks @$$!!! That breaks my heart... I guess I'll just have to resale it on ebay...that wasn't the reply i was looking for but thanks for being straight with me..

Exactly how much machining would have to be done..how much taken off? and where at?

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not much, it will be right where the halfshafts snap into the differential. but again it would be best to have a legitimate one right next to be sure its perfect. this is mostly theoretical. it should work but i don't know anyone who has tried it
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its no biggie. 392bird has a spec diagram with measurements for the side gears.




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I've never had a tore down 8.8 sitting in front of me so I'm kinda blind here..would the trac-loc have to be taken apart to be machined. I don't have access to any machining tools. just a die grinder is pretty much all i have and that probably wouldn't be the most precise route to go..lol. would this be a machine a little, assemble, disassemble, machine some more type of thing?..

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get it torn down, take the spider gears to a machinist, have him lathe to spec, have put back together and into a punkin.




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After using the all mighty search button I've read up on how to mod it, and I've also read up that I could just leave the c-clips out. Appearently there's nowhere near enough play in the halfshafts thoughout the suspension movement for the halfshaft to simply "fall" out of the diff. I also read that a shmuck has had his c-clips out for several years without any problems. I will continue to research the option of not using the c-clip. If I do go that route...I'm sure my mechanic will look at me like I'm a complete idiot when I tell him "oh don't worry about using c-clips, it'll be fine without them" I'll follow it up with something like "Sometimes you just have a few extra nuts and bolts left over after taking something apart and putting it back together.. just pretend they had no purpose anyway".. lol It'll be okay though. He look at me like I was a complete Idiot when I told him I was going to put a 02' explorer motor in my car.. then he shook my hand when I completed it and drove it up to his shop..lol

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NOOOO do not leave the C-clips out, I have machines many sets send em to me and I'll machine em, reasonably. Better yet just send me the whole carrier I'll stack it to 4 plates per side and it'll be as strong as it can be.
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This Is Some Good Reading,i Put A Newwer Mustang Tracloc In My 96 And Never Knew There Was A Difference And Havent Had Any Problems Yet,....guess I Better Pull It And Rectify The Situation........

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How long ago was that? And how newer of a Trac-loc was it?

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I'm one of the 'shmucks' that don't have the machined side gears and I haven't had a problem. I would say if you were rebuilding it and had a deal on the machining then it would be worth the time and money to go the extra step but there's no reason to pull the pumpkin from the car just to rip it apart and machine the side gears.

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lol. I'm not degrading anyone when I say shmucks..just making that clear.. so you don't have the clips in either..oh it's getting heavy on the "the h#ll with it" side.

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