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So I found this 8.8 rear end from a 2000 GT Mustang on Craigslist:

https://batonrouge.craigslist.org/pts/5909682617.html

It has 4.10 gears, gt500 clutches, and stock axles. It also has a nice brace welded to the main housing for extra support. The rear end had 100 miles on it with those new components and looks really nice.

The bad news is that the reason the guy is selling the rear end is because his Mustang got flooded during a flood here back in July. It happened not too long after he built the rear end up. He told me he drained the rear end, cleaned everything with break cleaner and then put motor oil on everything (I guess to prevent rust).

He wants $400 for it. Do you guys think this is a good deal? Do you think I would need to worry about rust? It's been a pain in the *** trying to find an 8.8 rear that will fit my 2000 V6 without having to cut and weld it to make it fit my car. Every rear end I come across is always for a foxbody. Very rarely do I find an 8.8 for a 99-04 Mustang, at least where I live. I don't know when's the next time I'll come across an 8.8 rear end housing that fits perfectly on my car. I also don't want a rear end that could potentially rust on the inside and end up between the gears.

Can anyone please tell me if I should take a chance buying it or to just stay away from it? I'm not exactly sure how much damage a flood can do to a rear end and I'd like to know your opinions.
 

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One question, why do you want a 8.8 on your v6?

It's a gamble for sure, if you could get the price down and that's what u really want I'd go for it. As long as you keep the old one as a backup. Rear ends are supposed to be toast after floods. I have little experience on them so I can't tell ya for sure.


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If he drained it, then cleaned it with brake cleaner and then covered it with motor oil...

Does that mean water was inside the housing?

Did he open it up and spray brake cleaner inside?

If so then you're gonna have to repack the bearings and hope they aren't rusted and hope he didn't damage any seals too.

There's a reason insurance companies have a tendency of totally out flooded cars. Not sure if I'd trust it unless you have the time and possibly the money to redo everything if there is damage.
 

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^I agree. Only buy it if you will rebuild it. I would plan on doing that for a used rearend regardless. You really never know what you're getting.

I'd offer him $250 and see where it goes.
 

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Well, I have great news guys. I went scouring through a couple Pull A Part junkyards around my area and I found 2 GTs. One was a beautiful 2000 GT custom-painted candy orange. The cup holders were even candy orange. I feel really bad for the owner because it got wrecked to **** and ended up in a Pull A Part. Everything was gutted on it except the rear end. I copped it for $108 bucks and that was with the rotors and stabilizer shocks. The woman at the Pull A Part pointed at the stabilizer shocks and claimed they were tie rod ends so instead of shelling out $40 a piece I only paid $6 for each stabilizer shock. LOL

I have one question though. I saw some wheel sensors connected to the hub. The wire ran into the car. I didn't have the star tool on me to take it off so I cut the wires. I looked at some other V6 cars and my own and I didn't see those on any of them, including mine. Can I just run the 8.8 on my car without them or do I need to wire that into my car to use the 8.8 rear on my car?
 
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