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Aerostar Forum The Ford Aerostar shares a lot of common parts with the Ford Explorer. Besides that a lot of our members own an Aerostar and an Explorer.

Is an Aerostar 8.8 carrier the same?

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Old 05-22-2009, 10:14 AM   #1
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Is an Aerostar 8.8 carrier the same?

As a ford explorer 8.8 carrier? Reason I'm asking is I'm looking for a open 3.73 so am thinking about the potential donor rigs.
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:19 AM   #2
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I've moved your thread into the Aerostar section. They should be the same. Check this link: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...d.php?t=218646

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Thanks brooklyn, i'm going to head to the parts yard today and if I see one I"m gonna grab it.
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Why don't you just rebuild your carrier? You could get new parts instead of installing a used one.

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Here's my dilema, I've got a LS 3.73 rear and am wanting to lock it. Either I buy the $430 dollar lock rite or I convert to a open rear and buy the $235 dollar one on ebay.. Guess I'm not sure what the cheapest best for the future route is.
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Contact the vendor in post # 2. He might have a better price for you.
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Thanks Brooklyn, that's a good idea. As much fun as it sound converting a rear end might be better to just go with the LS locker. Do you see any downside to doing that?
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Post # 2. LOL, I looked but I'm now sure where post # 2 is.
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It's closer to the top of this page. Here's the link: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...d.php?t=218646
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Thanks, I'm sending him a PM.
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Good luck finding what you need. Let us know what happens. Tell him that you saw his thread in the Aerostar section.
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It's one of those things.. Summit wants $510 bones for the LS locker, seen it listed for $430 a few times at misc online places. I can get a carrier for $50. Not sure if I'd need the pinion to match it. Then there's labor or tools to get it installed.
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Maybe you could make a differential swap thread if you decide to buy an entire rear differential?
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The what not to do thread! LOL! Don't drink beer, don't have a large sledge nearby.. What other downfalls do I have when working on things : )
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The what not to do thread! LOL! Don't drink beer, don't have a large sledge nearby.. What other downfalls do I have when working on things : )
Don't throw tools when you get really pissed off.
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I've busted up a few cheap ratchets, they stopped working and instead of warranteeing them(harbor freight) I just smash them up on the concrete.. LOL!
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There are a lot good ratchets with a lifetime warranty from Sears, S-K, Snap-On, Matco, etc. Take a look at WWW.Eppys.Com.
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You could rebuild your LS for less than $70.

Switch one of the spacer plates with your best used clutch plate and you'll get a really tight LS (the way they are supposed to work), almost locked!




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How long would it last Albino? How would on pavement driveability be? Would I need to use the conditioner? Sounds like a super cheap way to get some traction..
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I'm coming up on 1 year and she's still pretty tight.

Road manners are great. You'll detect a slight 'push' on slow speed corners (like turning from a stop) but that's it.

Yes, use the friction modifier and synthetic gear lube.

Have fun with the 'S' spring!!!!

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Edit; yes this can be done with the carrier still in the diff. 2-3 hrs or less!




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