So a buddy of mine just bought himself a 95 Bronco. He's planning to daily drive it, and it's had 20 years of neglect and half assed repairs done to it. It's a 5.8/auto/electric shift tcase and has a ~4" lift and 35's.
Today we went through it, and it needs the usual tune up, brakes, and suspension bushing work but is pretty solid otherwise. We did an oil change and cleaned and adjusted the rear brakes, and pulled about a mile of crappy accessory wiring out. We pulled the rear diff cover to investigate some noise, and discovered the spider gears had lots of pitting and were very worn. The ring and pinion look ok, and the rest of the bearings feel good with no excessive wear.
I'm hoping to find a good used of spider gears, or perhaps a complete open diff until he can afford an ARB and gear swap. I believe the rear axle is an 8.8 - can someone confirm that? Anyone have a stock open diff lying around?
Thanks for the input. Junk yards are hit-and-miss here in Las Vegas. And with my work schedule, I can't get to them real often. If anyone on the forum has upgraded to a locker or posi, and has an open diff laying around, that would be perfect. Anyone?