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Ford 8.8 Assembly & Set Up (Part 2):

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Ford 8.8 Final Assembly #FairmontProject:

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Here's (Part 2) of the Ford 8.8 differential assembly and set up. This took a little longer than expected, hence the need for a 2 part video.

Link to previous video in series:

Differential Basics video:

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This is a complete overview of how to assembly and set up a Ford 8.8 differential. It shows how to assemble the differential, set backlash, and set up the gear tooth pattern.

Camera: Brian Kast

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Kings Ford: http://kingsfordinc.com 

Ford Performance techline: https://performanceparts.ford.com/contact-us/ 

Additional info and links

Ford 8.8 PDF: https://performanceparts.ford.com/download/instructionsheets/FordInstShtM-4209-8.pdf 

A great book on Differentials: http://www.amazon.com/Ford-Differentials-How-Rebuild-Inch/dp/161325038X 

Gear tooth pattern guide: https://www.ringpinion.com/Content/Book/Reading-and-Adjusting-Ring-and-Pinion-Tooth-Patterns.pdf 

Dana Differential assembly guide: http://www2.dana.com/pdf/5717.PDF 

Ford differential identification guide: http://www.fordification.com/tech/rearends_ford09.htm 

Article on the 8.8: http://www.hotrod.com/how-to/transmission-drivetrain/116-ford-8-8-rear-end/


My differential: https://lmr.com/item/M4204F318C/Mustang-88-31-Spline-Traction-Lok-Differential-With-Carbon-Fiber-Clutch-Disks 

My gear set: https://lmr.com/item/LRS-4209FRA-K/Mustang-88-355-Rear-Gear-Kit 

My differential cover: https://lmr.com/item/M4033G2/Ford-Mustang-FRPP-Rear-Differential-Girdle 

My 5 lug conversion kit: https://lmr.com/item/SVE-2300DK-B/1993-Mustang-Black-SVE-5-Lug-Conversion-Kit-31-Spline 

Pinion head bearings: https://www.ringpinion.com/b2c/Search_Results.aspx?Requery=True&SortBy=Yukon&SearchType=Part&SearchPhrase=m802048 

Pinion head bearing races: https://www.ringpinion.com/b2c/Search_Results.aspx?Requery=True&SortBy=Yukon&SearchType=Part&SearchPhrase=m802011 

A great place for differential parts: https://www.ringpinion.com 

Pinion flange sleeve Federated 99181: https://www.amazon.com/SKF-99181-Speedi-Sleeves/dp/B000EPTAPW 

Ultra black RTV: https://www.amazon.com/Permatex-82180-Maximum-Resistance-Silicone/dp/B0002UEN1U 

Gear Paint: https://www.amazon.com/Ratech-500-Marking-Compound/dp/B001P2D27U 

Royal Purple gear oil: https://www.amazon.com/Royal-Purple-11687-Performance-Synthetic/dp/B005SEKFBC/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1466942441&sr=1-1&keywords=royal+purple+80w+90


Differential Shim Installer:


Pinion Flange Holder:


Bushing Driver Kit:

Astro Pneumatic 7824 Bearing Race and Seal Driver Set Astro Pneumatic 7824 Bearing Race and Seal Driver Set

Dial Indicator:

Central Tools 3D102 Dial Indicator Set with On Off Magnetic Base Central Tools 3D102 Dial Indicator Set with On/Off Magnetic Base

Digital caliper:

General Tools 1478 8 Digital Fractional Caliper General Tools 1478 8" Digital Fractional Caliper

Inch Pound Torque Wrench:

Precision Instruments D2F150HM Torque Wrench Dial with Memory Needle 3 8 Dr 150 in lb Precision Instruments D2F150HM Torque Wrench Dial with Memory Needle 3/8" Dr 150 in lb

Brass drift:

SK Hand Tools 6323 3 Piece Brass Drift Punch Set SK Hand Tools 6323 3 Piece Brass Drift Punch Set

Long breaker bar:

K Tool 23081 Chrome Breaker Bar K Tool 23081 Chrome Breaker Bar, 1/2" Drive, 24" Long

Rockwell 1/2" impact:


Zep Sprayer:


Sunex Press:

sunex 20 Ton Shop Press Sunex Tools 5720 Manual Shop Press, 20 Ton

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