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TJ 8.8 Swap Kit with Truss
TJ 8.8 Swap Kit with Truss
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All the brackets necessary for the popular Explorer 8.8 rear axle

swap into a Jeep TJ Wrangler ('97-'06)


Artec Industries is excited to announce the TJ 8.8 Axle Swap Kit. This heavy duty truss and bracket system is designed to take serious abuse and reinforce your entire axle while also providing the factory link, anti-sway bar, and shock locations. The 1/4" thick truss top incorporates a unique design to strengthen both the axle and incorporate the link brackets for ease of installation and added strength. By incorporating the link mounts into the truss, hours of work and trial and error can be avoided when compared to other bracket systems. Simply tack weld the truss together, place it on the axle and all the other brackets fit into place exactly where they need to be.
The Ford Explorer 8.8 features: same lug nut bolt pattern as dana 35, 3-1/4" diameter tubes as compared to 2.625" dana 35, disc brakes (1995 & newer), 31 spline axle shafts, 8.8" diameter ring gear which 120% stronger than dana 35, only 20 pounds more than dana 35, and a trac-loc differential stock. When swapping, the 3.73 gear ratio may need to be changed to match your Jeep gears and wheel spacers may be necessary to bring the width back to factory specs since the 8.8 is 1.25" narrower than the dana 35.

Features include:

  • 1/4" thick mild steel truss and brackets for much higher strength than the factory bracket and other aftermarket brackets. Precision CNC cut and bent for great fitment.*
  • Includes all the brackets necessary for a complete axle swap including upper and lower control arm mounts, shock mounts, anti-sway bar mounts, tracbar mount, and coil spring mounts.
  • Save hours of installation time. Brackets are jigged into truss and set exact position automatically. All other brackets just need to line up to truss, no guessing and measuring involved.
  • Tracbar mount includes both factory location and lifted bracket location for those who have aftermarket lifts.
  • Easily upgradeable for future link geometry changes. Just trim off factory location upper link mounts and weld on new centered link mounts.
  • Truss is reinforced using interlocked 1/4 thick gussets for maximum strength and easy assembly.
  • Overall low profile design means your axle is stronger, sleaker, easier to fit into any vehicle, and less likely to interfere with vehicle components.
NOTE: This kit requires general welding and fabrication skills. Welding should only be done by a competent welder. Artec Industries implies no guarantees or warranties and is not liable for improper installation.
*Some grinding and fitment may be required when installing this kit. Every axle varies slightly and some fabrication may be required. Will require brake line relocation to fit.


 Customer Reviews Average Rating review  View All Reviews
  Finding, purchasing, and installing this item was a breeze. The instructions were extremely thorough. I have also used it on the trail and its stood up to my abuse. After this purchase, I will definitely be using Artec again.
  Reviewed by:  Corey Benson from South Carolina. on 12/5/2013
Dana 44 Swaped
  I bought this kit because it was an excellent value. I used this kit to swap a Dana 44 into my TJ and it fit on the axle with only having to do slight modifications to the truss. Really can't say enough good things about the kit. I have already recommended it to several friends who are doing the 8.8 swap into TJ's.
  Reviewed by:  Spencer from Wisconsin. on 11/12/2013
Great Products & Service
  These kits are great, they fit together perfectly and our customers love them! Fast shipping and great customer service make this a winner!
  Reviewed by:  Ian from Tampa,FL. on 9/3/2013
Well thought out piece of equipment
  Product assembled as stated in the well done directions. The fit and finish was quite good. for a few bucks more than others are charging for the TJ bracket kit, Artec gives you a fill truss. Thanks Artec.
  Reviewed by:  Dean O. from Oshkosh, WI. on 7/31/2013
Very Happy
  Couldn't ask for a more easy to install kit. Everything was straight forward on the install no need to cut off to fit. Over all would buy again when I do another swap.
  Reviewed by:  James from Washington State. on 5/27/2013
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