Kelly stated that she spent just shy of $1000 on her Wilwood swap. For that kind of money you can buy a junk yard Explorer with Traction-Lok, 31 spline axles and a desirable gear ratio and pay somebody to narrow it. The Explorer disc brakes use the same style parking brake- brakes shoes inside the rotor's hat.Ok, let me ask this of the collective brain trust. If I have a peg leg, 2:79 geared, drum braked 8” and needed to upgrade gears and brakes, would I be ahead just getting an Explorer 8.8 with the brakes and gears already there and going that route? I realize I have to shorten one side and get a matching axle along with welding leaf perches. Just weighing my options here.
I paid $80 for my Explorer 3.73 Traction-Lok and narrowed it myself. It had good rotors, calipers and pads so I used them. I had to buy another short side axle, a companion flange for the pinion yoke, new spring perches and some brake cable hardware. I had already converted to a tunnel mounted parking brake handle. I have less than $300 in my Explorer swap.