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8.8 rear Mustang / Explorer

I was given an 8.8 axle awhile back. It was supposed to be from an Explorer. However, I think it is a Mustang rear as it has "ears" on top of the pumpkin. It is a disk brake and is supposed to be a 3:73 traction lock. I know that the Explorer is prefered due to the 31 spline axles.
My questions are:

1. Is the width of the Mustang axle housing the same width as the Explorer?

2. I have seen that the center section is offset to one side, I understand this is the same with the explorer rear end? Is this correct?

3. When used is a street rod application (383 stroker with 700r4 trans in a 35 Chevy Master Coupe) will the Mustang unit be suitable? Or should I upgrade to the Explorer rear.

4. Also have heard that others have used another short axle to center the carrier. It appears this makes the rear end 57 inches wide from flange to flange. Can anyone give me info on am approximate cost to do this.


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The explorer would be better 31 but not alot just under 60". THe mustang is 28 spline and I think most are a 4 lug but might be wrong. The mustang is wider but not sure how much. I have seen lots of big hp mustangs on stock 8.8 28. I have also seen lots of hp on a chevy 8.5 that is not close to the 8.8. To have one cut down might be 3-400 and would not have an axle. The biggest problem with the 8.8 is it has thin wall tubes and should be tiged. I would also tig the center to the tubes. Get you perches from curry the 8.8 is 3 1/4 not 3.
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