Artec 8.8 Swap Kit with Truss - TR8801


  • Artec Industries | Part Number: A/ITR8801
  • Steering Ram Mount:Without Steering Ram Mount
  • Axle Type:Ford 8.8
  • Fitment:Direct Fit
  • Axle Location :Rear Axle


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. Please note this requires welding and general fabrication. Some grinding and fitment may be required when installing this kit. Every axle varies slightly and some fabrication may be required. Will require brake line relocation to fit.



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Question & Answers

3 Answered questions

Do you need to take the actual completely off the jeep to install this?

Asked by Mad Dog from Manteca, CA on

Hello You would install this using the Ford 8.8 axle as a conversion axle. Stock you wouldn't have an 8.8 in your Jeep. Thanks

Answered by Rody from Manteca, CA on

Will the truss kit let you orient the pinion angle to be adequate for lift? 8.8 install in a tj usually says 15 degrees upward pinion angle is optimal. does this kit take that into consideration??? thanks.

Asked by Brock$tar from on

Hello Brock$tar, Yes, the Artec Industries 8.8 Swap Kit with Truss A/ITR8801 will allow you adjust for correct pinion angles. Please Note: We highly suggest against anything over a 12 degree angle with the 8.8 axle if you are driving this vehicle on the highways. More than a 12 degree angle and the axle will not properly oil itself and over heat. Thank you for the question.

Answered by from on

Hello is it possible to get just the swap brackets and not the truss to keep cost down a bit and i would not be needing the truss.

Asked by jeremy from Edmonton on

Thanks for the question Jeremy Artec Industries 8.8 Swap Kit with Truss A/ITR8801 Sorry, but this is only available as a complete kit. Thank you Answer box sales

Answered by from Edmonton on


Artec Industries is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, but its origins are an American success story based in Tucscon, Arizona. The owner, Artie Nuttall, married into a family of off-roaders who quickly infected him with their enthusiasm. So much so that Nuttall took a welding class at a community college so that he could complete DIY axle swaps on his rig in his garage. Turns out he had a talent for welding and in 2010 Artie successfully marketed a line of battery mounts. From there, Artec Welding turned into Artec Industries and though the product line and success grew, Nuttall's attention to craftsmanship and quality never wavered. Shop Artec Industries Now