Rear end selection
Ford 8.8's are OK, but if you want simplicity, servicability and reliability, a 9" ford rear axle assembly is the way to go. Any gear ratio is availible, the drop out center is easily removed and serviced. Bearings, axles, etc, are readily availible in the aftermarket. The carrier assembly is stronger due to a rear pinion support bearing. This is a no brainer, 9 inch Ford all the way.