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Old 10-10-2016, 02:59 PM   #1
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8.8 Rear End Really Needed?

I have an 05 V6 and I like to drive it rather spirited on the back roads and highways. I'm not a drag racer nor am I pushing out 400 to 500 horsepower to rear wheels, just the stock amount. So my question is; is an upgraded 8.8 rear end really needed for what I'm doing? The 7.5 can be upgraded to 3.55, 3.73, or greater gears. So would an 8.8 benefit someone like me at all?
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From my understanding the 8.8 is a lot stronger and will give you the benefit of putting power to both wheels. Not sure if you don't plan any performance upgrades if it's really needed.


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Sorry, let me clarify the upgrades I've made so far. I do have a performance tune, cold air intake and axle back exhaust. I also plan on doing longtube headers soon as well. With everything currently, I not pushing out too much more than stock power to the rear.
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All it took was a tune, CAI, and a set of drag radials to break my supposedly indestructible Richmond gears on my 2006. Then when I swapped to the 8.8 it was CHEAPER to swap the rear end than it was to put the 3.73 gears and tlok in the 7.5.
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A stock 8.8 rearend is about 30% stronger than your stock 7.5 rearend.
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I am sure you only would need to do a swap to an 8.8 rear if you had plans to boost the 4.0L. Some say its cheaper to swap but, you would have find a take off for under $500 for that to be true.
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Not sure where you live although I think I'd scour Craigslist...
8.8 Rear w/ 4.30s and brakes
Would be kind of fun with the 4.30's...some 40 years ago I had a 289HiPo 4spd 1964 Comet Cyclone with 4:56's on the street and it was a real blast to pull 2 car hole shots on the GTO's and other wanted to be fast cars...IMHO
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That won't work. You need a 2005-14 rear end. We use a 3 link attachment not the same size either
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