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Everything posted by spitsnaugle

  1. Ford 8.8 IRS swap v2.0

    Well with wfritts911 gone MIA, I've been left to develop my own Ford 8.8 Swap kit. This thread is the progress of the design and production. Design is based on a 2002 Ford Explorer's 31 spline 8.8 inch independent rear diff. I'm using drive shaft shop stub axles, they're not currently listed on their site, however you can call and order them. *Note* though the ford cobra rear is almost the same, the axle seal diameters are different, and are not interchangeable. At the moment I am prototyping the parts. I have yet to source materials or get quotes from machinists. In the end these should be 6061 Aluminum. Rear mounts. Using Energy Suspensions Urethane bushings for the 240z. 3D printed the prototype to check fitment. There a great bar here in dayton called Proto BuildBar, they have a wall of 3D printers, a 3d scanner, soldering stations and all sorts of electrical supplies, its a geek's heaven. Designed up the mustache bar specifically to the ford explorer's cover. (not the cobra sorry) Then had it cut out on my friend's router table. The front mount is a modified ron tyler mount. I dont have images or photos of it yet. Thats about the progress I have made so far, will keep you all posted!
  2. Ford 8.8 IRS swap v2.0

    After hearing about some failures with someone elses kit twisting Im working with a well known Z vendor and amazing engineer on some improvements the front mount. I'll let you know more when I have it. In the down time, I ended up redoing half of my garage, had to level some concrete, raising the door, and put in a four post lift. Makes it real nice not working on my back on frigid concrete. Woah, I'm on the v8 s30 group, was it there? what was it?
  3. Ford 8.8 IRS swap v2.0

    I've received the updated rear mounts. Removed and replaced the diff again, its now where I wanted it. Waiting for front mount now.
  4. Ford 8.8 IRS swap v2.0

    Yeah! After talking to a race shop that gave me the idea, I did some searching and found Ronin did that for miata swaps.
  5. Ford 8.8 IRS swap v2.0

    Just updating: still waiting on revised rear bushing mounts.
  6. Ford 8.8 IRS swap v2.0

    I sent off my revised design to the CNC shop this last week, hope to have new parts on hand end of next week. From there I have a sheetmetal shop waiting to a final measurement on the front mount. Then its off to make a larger batch of them. I'm not doing axles hubs etc. Theres many options and different price points depending on your needs. One guy on the v8 FB group reused the ford axels "Stock explorer axles cut down and resplined to fit 300zx TechnoTuning outer stubs" Which might be the cheapest option, I purchased the driveshaftshop's explorer to 930 cv adapters...
  7. Ford 8.8 IRS swap v2.0

    Spent some time on the Z this weekend. Dropped the engine back in. Tided up a few loose ends. Triple measured the rear diff again.
  8. Ford 8.8 IRS swap v2.0

    Oh my guys, I'm sorry I'm a slacker here. I've been out touring Germany/Austria/Czech for just short of a month, and came back and have been too busy to keep rolling on the car. I had a friend just last week laser out my front mount, I found one of my measurements off. It'll involve scrapping the two bushing mounts I had CNC'd already. I should be able to get that squared away in the next two-three weeks. I'll be out again for a week at september 15th hiking banff national park just west of Calgary, Canada.
  9. Ford 8.8 IRS swap v2.0

    I had planned on doing all with black powder coat on cradle and front mount, but if someone wants raw I can probably put one aside. Eventually. I tried a couple other waterjet/machine shops local as well, but each failed to produce a quote, or I was too small of quantity. A friend recommended teamzmotorsports, and they were lowest price (still) and they were even going to do the powder coat. But its actually getting done now, so thats good. Its in there! Hopefully Ill get this back in there soon, too:
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  11. Ford 8.8 IRS swap v2.0

    Rough drawing of the Front mount is post 37 in this thread http://forums.hybridz.org/topic/125328-ford-88-irs-swap-v20/?p=1184915 I've already made some changes to it, but that'll be pretty close to it. I was unsure about the sandwiched plate as well, but after talking to the owner at SelfMadeFab he said its something they've done previously without issue.
  12. Ford 8.8 IRS swap v2.0

    Its the wife's new car! RHD Rover Mini. Imported from Japan, rust free and only 28000km on the odometer. Picked it up for her on our 6 year anniversary, the "traditional" 6 year present is iron... so i went for old iron
  13. Ford 8.8 IRS swap v2.0

    I have it drawn up, but not cut, I wanted to get the rear in and bolted up first to double check my front mount location's height for driveline angle.
  14. Ford 8.8 IRS swap v2.0

    Just picked up the flat plate today from the plasma cutter. I had to run my drill press to clean up the bolt holes, but otherwise its a perfect fit so far. I hope to get it bolted in this weekend to finish my front mount this upcoming week or two. *Also thats my wife's classic mini cooper in the background, I just had it imported this April.
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  16. Ford 8.8 IRS swap v2.0

    Quick update. Dropped teamZmotorsports. Working with selfmadefab.com just north of Dayton for the cradle, and a CNC shop in New Carlisle for the bushing mounts. Should have the bushing mounts in my hand by next week.
  17. Ford 8.8 IRS swap v2.0

    I'm still around. STILL WAITING ON teamzmotorsports.net I've gone ahead and found another supplier for the CNC bushing mounts, here in Ohio, and at half the cost as team Z. However their flat plate cutting and powder coating was the best quote I had.
  18. Ford 8.8 IRS swap v2.0

    slow, team z is painfully slow to work with. I'm checking other suppliers while i wait.
  19. Ford 8.8 IRS swap v2.0

    Create your own thread for this. Please.
  20. Ford 8.8 IRS swap v2.0

    Perhaps more reliably: theres is usually stamped metal tag on the rear cover (of most) ford 8.8 diffs. Mine had 3L73 stamped on it, which translated to 3.73 limited slip.
  21. Ford 8.8 IRS swap v2.0

    PM replied. Measure for fuel cell at your stock dimensions, my diff swap will make no major difference there. Sorry I dont add folks on FB unless I've met them.
  22. Ford 8.8 IRS swap v2.0

    Nope. My (re)design is avoiding interference the rear uprights. Answer and update: Answer: likely not, since they dont have my car do their own engineering and testing for it. Update: I have a single run quote that they're working on right now for my test fit on my car, then they're pricing me making 10 vs 20 sets. Getting a little agitated getting direct answers in a timely mannor, I keep dealing with Sherri (wife of the owner and sales manager), I should really be talking directly with Dave the owner.
  23. LS/T56/240z Project Mentor Wanted

    Hows that blue car looking? Got a turbo in that engine compartment yet?
  24. Ford 8.8 IRS swap v2.0

    yes- those will have gusset plates, but just inside, past the mounting holes.
  25. Ford 8.8 IRS swap v2.0

    ROUGH drawing of the front mount. Ron Tyler style, extended back, bracket on top to mount an adjustable rod end and separate bracket to tunnel.