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« on: August 09, 2015, 03:44:03 pm »

The stock 7.5" rear end has held up ok with my stock mustang 2 swap into my 1997 build of the '87 ranger.  I puked the stock 302 finally, and the plans just escalate.

So upped to a ford 9" rear build.  I tried PEM for the Brute 3.25 center section and here are my opinions.  I sent it back.  The product is rough casted, sharp edges and not the best of machine work.  When you build a 35 spline setup, I expected better finish and no casting defects.  (Since you plan on a 600hp'ish rig to play with.  right?)  The customer service was top notch however.  The return email was sorry that we did not meet your expectations, that the returned product was typical of their manufactured products.  Bummer, but they did not lay one on me and still stood by their product.  I was kinda flatlined with that, but ok.  Ordered the Moser Nodular section to try out.
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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2015, 09:02:19 pm »

You could have just gone with a stock "N" case and 31 spline axels for that HP in a light truck as yours.
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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2015, 10:40:58 am »

8.8 would work well too. Easy to find, pretty tough, and there are plenty of donor 8.8's that will bolt into a Ranger. Explorer axles have 31 splines, later ones even have rear discs. I found mine out of a 99 exploder - 8.8, 31 spline, limited slip, disc brakes, and 4.10 gears. 5x4.5 (matching) bolt pattern if that matters to you at all.
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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2015, 08:04:51 pm »

You could have just gone with a stock "N" case and 31 spline axels for that HP in a light truck as yours.

Thanks, I was coming up short and the price tag was similar in the end.
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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2015, 08:13:37 pm »

8.8 would work well too. Easy to find, pretty tough, and there are plenty of donor 8.8's that will bolt into a Ranger. Explorer axles have 31 splines, later ones even have rear discs. I found mine out of a 99 exploder - 8.8, 31 spline, limited slip, disc brakes, and 4.10 gears. 5x4.5 (matching) bolt pattern if that matters to you at all.

thanks for the write up.  I did seriously look at that option as well, still am actually.  My '56 F100 is a light wt rig, but I chose the 9" setup anyways.  I am not familiar with the 8.8 setup just yet.  Hence my hesitation
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