will an SN95 8.8 rear end fit into my 68 stang?

jpolakow

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Hi,
I am considering buying an 8.8 rear end from a 95 cobra. I understand the cobra's to use 31 spline axles. Also I could use the rear disc brakes. From what I've researched the total rear end is .75" wider than the fox 8.8. Will that fit?

Thanks,
John
 
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96 DOHC Cobra

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It'll require a lot of modification to bolt it. It's not 31 spline (at least not from factory). You can use it, but it'll affect your wheel selection. The Fox width is a better fit, but they don't have discs. You can add discs with custom aftermarket brackets that allow you to keep the stock width.
 

Decurion

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3/4" on overall width is pretty minimal. Unless your wheels are already really close, that wont make any difference. I think you already know youll have to cut and weld brackets to make the diff fit since the donor has coil springs and the classic has leaf. I couldnt tell ya if it has 31 spline or not.
 

jpolakow

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I am fully aware of the need to weld on new spring perches. Regardless of the axle spline count, what I care about most is if it will fit. I take back what I previously said about the .75" width. The axles are .75" longer PER SIDE for a total extra width of 1.5" The wheels that I will use are the 98 cobra's. If it won't fit, how much will it cost to get the housing shortened?
 

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I am fully aware of the need to weld on new spring perches. Regardless of the axle spline count, what I care about most is if it will fit. I take back what I previously said about the .75" width. The axles are .75" longer PER SIDE for a total extra width of 1.5" The wheels that I will use are the 98 cobra's. If it won't fit, how much will it cost to get the housing shortened?

You won't need to shorten the housing with latemodel wheels, the extra length eliminates the need for wheel spacers.
 

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I have a 90 8.8 in mine... did it for cost reasons, nothing else. I have a writeup on it on my cardomain site, but it was easy and I have 05 V6 wheels on it and it looks great! I also have 1.25" spacers to make everything fit great.
 

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I have a 90 8.8 in mine... did it for cost reasons, nothing else. I have a writeup on it on my cardomain site, but it was easy and I have 05 V6 wheels on it and it looks great! I also have 1.25" spacers to make everything fit great.

Is it just my computer or is none of the pics on the link working?
 

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You don't need to shorten it. If you use the Fox rearend with the correct Ranger axles and aftermarket caliper mounting brackets from North Racecars, you'll have the stock width on the rear and be able to mount your disc brakes. You also won't need any spacers on the front. With the stock SN95 width, you'd have to use 05-up wheels on the back and spacers or different wheels on the front.
 

wicked93gs

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The thread is 15 years old...I doubt you will find the site...pretty sure cardomain has shut down, now its just a facebook page. Its amazing a few forums liek this still exist...pretty much everything has gone to misc facebook groups and information is so much harder to find now since most of those groups are private and there is no way to search old posts.