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I was looking at replacing my stock 8.75" (integral carrier) oddball rear in my 1976 Granada since there are no performance gear ratios out there.

I was looking at an '96+ Explorer setup since they have 31 splined axles, traction-lok, disc breaks and 3.55 gears.

I know that I'd have to cut the coil supports off and carefully weld new leaf spring perches on, that I can do.

My original width is 58.5" and the Explorer is 59.75", no biggie since I'll be using 2005-08 Mustang GT 17" wheels.

I was more concerned about what kind of yoke I'd have to use and if I'd have to modify my drive shaft (lengthen/shorten)?

Also, something that makes me uneasy when it comes to Explorer rears is that the pinion is offset 2-3/16" to the right of center (don't want vibrations and broken u-joints) and that it uses a pinion flange instead of a pinion yoke.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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The amount of pinion offset is of no consequence, some of the factory 9" stuff is almost that much. If it won't cause problems with driveshaft to floor contact, then it doesn't matter. Just get the up/down (pinion) driveline angle correct and it will be fine.

You can get a conventional style yoke for the rear end from several rear end specialists like Moser, Strange, Randy's Ring and Pinion, Ebay, etc. or just get the companion flange from the Exploder driveshaft. Can't help you with the shaft length, you will have to measure it out using the final components at install.
 

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You can do your driveline a couple of different way's. You could get a Pinion yoke part# E6TZ4851A.That yoke is a 1330 series yoke with the large caps. Then I'm assuming you have a 1310 joint in your granada D/L now,so you will need a Neapco conversion Joint part# 1-5349.

Or the cheaper way, would be to pick up a Spicer Part# 2-2-1379 Flange yoke and it should fit your existing U-Joint and fit the Ford 8.8 Flange style pinion yoke.

You just might have to adjust the D/L Length when your done.
 
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