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ZJ 8.8 Swap Kit with Truss for Grand Cherokee (93-98)
ZJ 8.8 Swap Kit with Truss for Grand Cherokee (93-98)
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All the brackets necessary for the popular Explorer 8.8 rear axle

swap into a Jeep ZJ Grand Cherokee ('93-'98)


Artec Industries is excited to announce the ZJ 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 depending on your lift and other factors. Every axle varies slightly and some fabrication may be required. Will require brake line relocation to fit.


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8.8 swap
  The kit is great. Went together very easily. Bolted in perfectly. I am very happy with this kit. I would recommend this to anyone who is doing this 8.8 swap.
  Reviewed by:  Jeremy from California. on 12/1/2013
  Fit and finish is superb, very well layed out and designed. This kit will make me a repeat customer without question.
  Reviewed by:  Jeremy from Pa. on 4/13/2013
  it's like putting a puzzle together. very strong when weleded together .very happy with itand looks very good and easy to install.
  Reviewed by:  will peyton from ohio. on 3/25/2013
96 ZJ Dune Jeep
  Fits great and looks impressive. Should never have to worry about the rear axle in the dunes! Would recommend this as a great upgrade!
  Reviewed by:  Bob from Hudsonville, Michigan. on 3/7/2013
  I was looking for a way to upgrade my weak and worn out Dana 35 axle on my ZJ. I decided to go with the Ford 8.8 axle. I decided to go with this Artec kit because it looks like a foolproof install and you can tell they take pride in their products. Every part is beautifully cut and bent to perfection. If 50lbs of metal in a box can be considered art... this is it. I haven't installed the kit on my axle yet but it seems to fit together perfectly and I can't wait to get it welded up. I've already convinced a few of my friends that Artec is where to go when you're looking for tough offroad parts and plan on spreading the word. Thanks Artec!
  Reviewed by:  Jeff from Bedford, PA. on 1/30/2013
Truss Upper Link Mounts
Truss Upper Link Mounts
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