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Old 05-11-2018, 07:44 PM
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I am new here and not sure this all works. I'm building a 56 F100. I replaced the rear axle with a 2001 Explorer 8.8" rear. The gears are 4:10 and I would like to go with something that I can cruise with that won't run the RPM's up. How difficult is it to regear a axle? Replacement is not an option, I already have my 4 link welded on the casing. Also I'm putting a 352FE with a 4 speed. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
 
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Old 05-11-2018, 08:07 PM
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The 8.8" came in rations all the way from 2.26 to 5.14. I would recommend something like the 3.08 or maybe 3.27 ratio depending on your transmission. Is your 4th gear 1:1 or an overdrive? I would probably recommend that a shop do the gear swap so it is set up correctly.
 
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Old 05-11-2018, 09:21 PM
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Lots of ring and pinion gearsets available on CL or other sites for not much $$$. Interesting that you got a rearend with 4:10 gears, the last one I pulled out of a Explorer XLT was 3:73. You have a good rearend there and as ranger pat posted, lots of ratios available.
 
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You might ask your how hard question here https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/forum69/ If you have the gears replaced it’ll run you in the $500 up range. Might get some idea of what it involves on U Tube too.
 
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Or replace your transmission with one that has overdrive. I have the same rear axle with the same ratio but I installed a 4R70W which has a 30% overdrive gear (most OD trans do). The 4.10:1 is very nice around town from a stop. And makes a significant difference in lowering engine RPMs at higher speeds . . . so you get the best of both worlds. I don't know where you are live in PA but you will like the lower 4.10:1 ratio axle when starting out on hills if you live in hilly Central or Western PA.
 
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Thanks all for your help. I live in central PA were the hills can be steep north of us but not as bad as western PA. Any long drives to shows or anything I'm going trailer it. This is just a round town and cruiser. 55-60 mph would probably be the fastest I go.
 
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Replacing differential gears requires considerable skill and is best left to those with experience. There are plenty of parts kits and YouTube videos that demonstrate the process but I concluded it is not suitable for a one-time job by a novice. 4x4 shops that do a lot of off-road upgrades may be a place you can check for a quote.
I have a Ford 9-inch in my 56. Besides being one of the best rear axles ever made, it uses a 3rd member that is easily replaced.

Good luck with your project.
 
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Can't understand why guys build trucks to trailer them, the fun is in driving them and people like them with the odd road scare too...
 
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I'm not going drive the truck around on a trailer all time time, just when I take it on long trips further away. If "Road Scares" are your thing, that's fine. I'm not building a rat rod. Thanks everyone else for your advise and help, it's much appreciated.
 
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I'm with you John , they have to be driven .
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I'm not going drive the truck around on a trailer all time time, just when I take it on long trips further away. If "Road Scares" are your thing, that's fine. I'm not building a rat rod. Thanks everyone else for your advise and help, it's much appreciated.
Neither one of mine are rat rods either...lol
 
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I was looking for help on swapping rear end gears, not on how much I drive it and how far. If your going to reply with nonsense like this, I'll just go else where for questions I may have.
 
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Well 3.73 gears with an AOD you'll be running 1900 rpm doing 60 mph...nonsense enough for you...lol
 
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Thanks all for answers.
I figured this was going be a waste of time, but tried it any how. I'm done.
 
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Originally Posted by Matts56F100 View Post
I was looking for help on swapping rear end gears, not on how much I drive it and how far. If your going to reply with nonsense like this, I'll just go else where for questions I may have.
Well, it is important to know driving habits to help determine which gear set would be best. John has over 120,000 posts and has built 2 great trucks.
sorry you feel his response was nonsense. Best of luck finding the answers elsewhere
 
 
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