Pinion Angle Question


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I am going to be swapping in an Explorer 8.8 with disc brakes. I read the tec article about the swap but i dont understand how to find the pinion angle. Could someone explain that to me further??
Also how do i connect the brake lines to the new axle??

Any information is appreciated! Thanks

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You may have to rebend the lines a little to get them to line up with the new calipers. But honestly, having never done the swap, I dont really know. In this picture, it looks like some rubber lines were used. I imagine the best thing to do would be to get the lines with the axle



Here is a good link on pinion angle, and a picture:
http://www.therangerstation.com/tech_library/pinionangles.htm

 

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Theres a few different ways to run the brake lines, but the way I did it was similar to the factory ranger setup (since I had SJ SS braided extended lines already). Get a new passenger side line from the parts store to use on the drivers side as the drivers line on explorers are the feed line. Install the new line on the driver's side caliper and connect to explorer's existing hard line. Then you must cut into and reflare the hard line on top the diff to accept the ranger's t-block.

As far as the pinion angle, just follow the instructions on:
http://www.drivetrain.com/parts_catalog/drivetrain/driveline_angles_and_phasing_problems.html

In short, with your truck at ride height, the angle at your differential flange should match the angle off of the transfer case output.
 
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