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Old 12-15-2014, 08:10 PM   #1
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Hi so i have a 2000 v6 with the 3.8 that i bought as my first car and have been doing some work to it and the 7.5 open diff rear end is next on my list for an upgrade. I want a 8.8 posi rear end and yes I am aware what I am about to ask could be simplified by just getting a gt rear end. That said I would like to put a 96 f150 rear end under my stang that said I realize it would have to be narrowed but the problem I am having is, is it even possible to remove the leaf springs to exchange for the mustang rear suspension and other than the axles and a driveshaft of the correct length are there any thing else i would need for this to be doable. thank you for any help I know its out there but figured it was worth the try.
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Ironically, a company called Strange Engineering could cut and weld your rear end and make it narrow enough to work on your car.
They would probably tell you the same thing that I will though... Why in the world would you want to go through the headache and expense when there is a factory part available that does exactly what you want it to?
Normally, people only go through that trouble to narrow the rear for a tubbed pro-street car.
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to be honest I know its far beyond unnecessary but I am one of those guys that like to be "different/difficult" lol I just like the idea of being able to say i have a f150 rear end and on top of that the rear end is free so why not lol.
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You will find out "why not" when you begin to tackle this project.

But to try to answer your question, aside from the narrowing, you will need to cut off the perches and brackets from the truck rear end and install the Mustang pieces in the appropriate locations.

If you really want to do this, I recommend finding a 9 inch rear end to narrow to fit your car. It's a much bigger "Wow factor" when you tell everyone that you have a nine inch...
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Sounds like a pretty bad idea to me. How are you going to narrow the axles? A new set is almost gonna run you as much as a GT rear will and at that point you still need to look at mounting points for the control arms and shocks. It may be unique but at the end of the day the F150 rear is still an 8.8
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Im glad i talked to you guys about it now it seems like a lot of work for not a lot of reward thank you guys knew there was a reason to join here
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I thought this thread had to do with a strange engineering differential


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f150 would not be cost effective imo.... I put a 98 8.8 rear in my 01...added 1.5 spacers and the wheel lip is flush with the fender well....only use QUALITY spacer---hub centric
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