Ford 8.8 Rear End Swap

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After Grenading two rear ends in the Camaro (1 being a brand new Zexel Torsen unit, while the other was a brand new Eaton Posi unit) I decided that enough was enough with these weak 7.5 rear ends. I felt that a Ford 9″ and a 12 bolt rear end were overkill for my application, not to mention the extra weight that both hold over the Ford 8.8 rear end. So I picked me up some custom guts for the Ford 8.8 and this was the outcome

Camaro lost an axle

This is what happens when you destroy a posi unit so bad that it eats the C-clips and you lose an axle out the side of your car

Destroyed Posi

Chocolate milk anyone? How about a magnet full of metal? I didn’t take pictures of it, but I destroyed this Eaton unit so bad the only thing left reusable on it was the springs. I had this installed for just over a year and I raced on it maybe 2-3 track events (at maybe 3 passes an event). I somehow ate through both sides of the casing which is what caused my C-clips to walk out and get munched up. Every clutch pack was smoother than a baby’s bottom and those little gears you see the on side of the unit (not the ring and pinion) had chipped teeth….lovely

Camaro Rear End out

Got the old rear end out. Piece of cake

Camaro Read End

Just a tiny little thing sitting there

Ford 8.8 Rear end

What’s the best way to transport the new Ford rear end? How about in a dodge neon? Just fits perfect

Ford 9" Bearing ends

These ends allow me to run a Ford 9″ bearing on my axles giving me a little bit more durability

trak lok and 4.10 gears

What’s a new rear end without a set of 4.10 gears and a nice Trak Lok Posi to go along with it?

Custom Moser Axles

Custom 31 spline Moser Axles


Part of the rear end swap was upgrading from drum to disk brakes


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4 comments for “Ford 8.8 Rear End Swap

  1. Deshun Carr
    May 8, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    What all did you have to use to do this complete swap I have went through 2 7.5 rears myself, I was thinking of going 12 bolt but I rather do the 8.8 rear!

    • Tech
      January 11, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      The way I had my rear end built, it was a direct swap. I did need to purchase an adjustable torque arm though as the factory one rested on the tunnel when all was said and done due to a minor offset of the mount location

  2. Justin Thomas
    November 2, 2016 at 12:24 am

    Did you have to weld on the spring platform and shock mount to the 8.8 rear end?

    • Tech
      January 11, 2017 at 10:21 pm

      My guy actually welded the camaro tubes into the Ford 8.8 tubes so that I could reuse all the existing camaro brackets. He took all the measurements and did a phenomenal job and the rear end is now holding up well in my LS1 as well years later.

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