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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.


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  The TJ 8.8 Swap Kit made swapping my 8.8 axle super simple. The beefy truss and bracket system fit together like a puzzle and took all the hard work out of swapping. A little welding and this thing went right under my jeep. I can't say enough good things about this kit. Dont do the 8.8 swap without it.
  Reviewed by:  Bobby Shreckengost from Lakeside, CA. on 7/31/2014
Excellent design...
  Very well engineered truss set-up. I was amazed at how well made it was, and how easily it went together. 5 star product!
  Reviewed by:  Michael from Ohio. on 6/18/2014
8.8 Swap Kit
  I bought the 8.8 swap kit with truss to install a 8.8 in my TJ. The kit is super beefy and well thought out. The instructions tell you which piece to use and the pieces have markings to let you know what is what. It can only go together in one way and makes setting the mounts on the axle a breeze. Everything builds off the truss and the truss only fits in one spot. Follow the instructions and check the fitment before final welding. Doing this will guarantee everything fits as designed. I would use this product again to install a 8.8 in another TJ. Well worth the money!
  Reviewed by:  Jason from Austin, TX. on 2/8/2014
  At first I questioned my ability to put this kit together but I was wrong. The quality of this kit exceeds what I ever expected. Goes together like a puzzle.
  Reviewed by:  Eric Dauster from north jersey. on 2/5/2014
  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
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