Well, the engine and third transmission have gone on a permanent vacation now on my truck. Guess all of those hard miles, 35's and 4.56s added up. Now I am justified in swapping to a solid axle and a 302. I cant seem to find much info about using full width axles. I already have a D44 and 9 inch from a late 70s F150. I want more than just the seven inches of lift I have now with the TTB and 8.8. In fact, I want to be able to run at least 39.5 or 42 inch tires. I dont know if anyone has run tires that big on a explorer that visits this site but I would like to hear from them if they have. I am trying to decide between coils and leaf springs for the front end. I have now retired my explorer from daily driving and WILL be doing this swap this summer. I have been talking about it for too long. I already have a carburated 302 and am also wondering how difficult it is to use that, as opposed to purchasing a EFI unit. Finally, message me if you are interested in any of the following parts when they become available: trail master 4 inch lift brackets for the front end, rear 8.8 with installed 4.56 gears from Genuine gear, front TTB with working factory auto hubs, BRAND NEW, NOT INSTALLED Precision Gear 4.56s with new install kit for dana 35, BRAND NEW Superwinch manual hubs with conversion kit from auto hubs for Explorer.