Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Hickman Nebraska
how durable are the 8.8s?
i found myself a 3l27, 180k+ on the clock. i was expecting a horror show when i popped her open.... clutches, bearings, possibly gears. but i was pleasantly surprised to see a nice pattern, very little lash, spiders gears haven't even worn in, and the clutches have a ton of meat left on them(looked like about 1/8" just peaking in).
i suppose its possible it was rebuilt not long ago, but from the look of the fluid, i don't think so... its really the only thing in their that looks like it has 180k on it >.> more like black sludge then oil. also of course the axle seals were leaking a bit.
anyway, how long do the 8.8s usually last? especially when abused.
i mean i would imagine with regular fluid changes it would last forever, but from what my father and i have seen so far before even taking the carrier out to check the pinion and bearings; i would just put some seals and a couple of quarts of royal purple in their and call it a day.
its a damn sight tighter and better looking then my 3.08 i know that, and it had fresh syn oil at 120k >.>
just got to clean it out in the parts washer.... dropped her out in the mud and got some in the side with the bearing >.> otherwise i got this thing for practically nothing from a local UpullIt, didn't even ask me what was inside, $60 with a $10 core fells like i stole it!
RUST!! eating away at me more than the rear fender wells
95 Deep Jewel Green 40th Anniversary Bird / Stock SOHC 190k 96-97 intake swap, 97 Mk8 4R70W, Jmod, 3L27 / energy susp rear spindle, and cobra arm bushings, 93 Mk8 shaft, and LCAs, 225/60r16 on Windstar twin 5spokes, Vogtland 1.6drop springs, Tokico Blues, PBR, and rear-disk swap, 89 SC swaybars