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I originally thought I read that Mark VIII's had alluminum trac lock diff's. But recently I think I have read that they have open rears due to the traction control. So which is correct? Do any Mark VIII's have trac lock? And are they all alluminum? Thanks

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I was reading on one of the forums here that 93 Mark VIII's had trac lock? Is this not true? If it is, were they aluminum? thanks

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I was thinking i read they were out of a 1997 LSC but I don't konw for sure.

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just check the diff tag when your pulling it, it will tell you if its open
 

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I shoulda looked at the diff in the car I pulled the driveshaft from. I'm curious now.
 

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I've never heard of a Mark having a factory installed trac-loc. This is due (as stated earlier) to the traction control that is standard on lincolns. They do all have alulminum cases however. If you can get a lincoln case, and trac-loc innards, you'll have yourself a Cobra pumpkin.

Edit: speaking of which, does this seem like a crazy price for this thing to anyone else but me?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140168533829&ssPageName=ADME:B:WNA:MOTORS:1123
sucker born every second....only thing whizbang about the Cobra pumpkin is the Carbon Fiber trac lok clutches.
 

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LOL Wish that sucker would buy some stuff from me!!
 

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sucker born every second....only thing whizbang about the Cobra pumpkin is the Carbon Fiber trac lok clutches.
And correct me if I am wrong, but can't you put in the Carbon Fiber clutches for about $100 anyway?

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And correct me if I am wrong, but can't you put in the Carbon Fiber clutches for about $100 anyway?

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well, whatever the price on the OEM Trac Lok Carbon Fiber clutch kit is, yes...
 

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I have found a Mark VIII open with a 3.07. Can I still use this for my 3.73 upgrade? I had never heard of that gear ratio so I was a little leary. thanks

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I've never head of a 3.07 either. I'm betting its a 3.08. And yes, if its a Mark VIII case you can use it for your 3.73 internals. Just install the 3.73 trac-loc into it like you would into the iron case T-bird rear end.
 

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I've read a number of places that the actual Mark VIII gear ratios are 3.07 for the base model or 3.27 for the LSC. :zwall:

But I really never looked into any more because I have the 3.27's.

But to get back on topic: To my knowledge: All Mark VIII's are aluminum housing with an open 8.8, 28 spline differential.

IMHO, the only benefit between to them is the weight savings. Anyone know what the weight difference is?

Just my .02. :thumbsup:
 

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Well I just want to put the trac lock unit in it, I wasn't going to use it as-is. I just wanted it because it was lighter than my iron casing. I was just wondering if I could use it since it was an unusual gearing (3.07). I called and double checked today, and they confirmed it was a 3.07. I pick it up thursday so I will konw for sure.

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Well I just want to put the trac lock unit in it, I wasn't going to use it as-is. I just wanted it because it was lighter than my iron casing. I was just wondering if I could use it since it was an unusual gearing (3.07). I called and double checked today, and they confirmed it was a 3.07. I pick it up thursday so I will konw for sure.C.Hill
The MKVIII diffs are a 3.07 ratio. That's what mine had when I picked it up: 43 ring gear teeth and 14 pinion teeth as I remember. The tag coding (on the diff) is different from the Ford coding as well. Took the rear cover off, and thought I really had something when I saw all those teeth on the ring gear. The 3.08 ratio has 37 ring gear teeth and 12 pinion teeth. No Marks had traction-lok from the factory.

As for the weight savings, I believe it was in the neighborhood of 50 lbs total after swapping the LCAs AND differential from a MKVIII. Can't seem to locate the exact figures - weighed everything from both sets when I swapped them out. Should I find the exact numbers, I'll post them. There was a thread started a year or two ago about weights of MKVIII aluminum vs. T'Bird iron/steel parts... can't find that either! :D

Best of Luck!
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But i still would be able to swap the 3.07 to the 3.73 with no problem? THat is really all i want to know?

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But i still would be able to swap the 3.07 to the 3.73 with no problem? THat is really all i want to know?

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Yes, the gears (8.8" ring gear 1.625" pinion) will fit. Might have a bit of a time getting the original carrier out of the case is all.

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