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Old 05-18-2003, 07:15 AM
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I'm going to give this another shot. I am at a fork in the road with my project. I need to put a rearend under my 34 olds 3 window and have been working on a 9 inch. So far I only have 70 bucks invested(new set of tube end flanges) but a fair amount of elbow grease with cutting torches, grinders and sanding. It is at the sho to be narrowed as we speak. I found a new in the crate, and complete from disc brake to disc brake, ford 8.8 with as it turns out the exact width I need. I can get it under the car for about half the $ that the 9 inch will run me. The question is will it handle mostly mild driving with 450 horse under the hood. I won't be racing this ride. Anybody have any thoughts on how well this 8.8 might hold up. I am on a budget and need to conserve $ for the body work. Mike

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Old 05-18-2003, 09:42 AM
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Having NEVER owned a 8.8 this is all sourced from friends but the fellows with the Hot 5.0 Mustangs say that the 8.8 is good up til 400 HP or so.

Keep in mind that a 5.0 Mustang is a good bit lighter than your car (less breakage) but they are most likely driven harder than you will drive the 34.

ALL the good running Mustangs around here have upgraded to the 9" because of breakage with the 8.8 <img src="graemlins/sweat.gif" border="0" alt="[sweat]" /> <img src="graemlins/sweat.gif" border="0" alt="[sweat]" />

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I think it should be more than strong enough in that application. Those 'stang boys do hit it hard, and with an auto there is less abuse applied. It was my understanding that they were as stout as a 12 bolt, but for hard action you can't beat a 9'' because of the pinion nose bearing (little deflection).
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