All right gents. Have a 95 F150 300-6 5 speed 2wd with a whiny (esp at 45 mph) rear axle that ate a pinion seal and has slop in the pinion entrance. Figure the pinion bearing's gone bad and the gears have been clashing wrong for a while. I'm not smart enough to set up a new ring&pinion so I just picked up another 8.8 inch axle from a 98 4.2 V6 and am trying to make sense of things. Seems they changed some stuff: The lug circle is slightly smaller. Glad I didn't get it all built before discovering this. The wheel cylinders are bigger... 1" vs 15/16" or something. Need new cylinders as the old bleeders are going to snap. Brake shoes are different part #s. What did they do different? Will also need an axle seal as the new axle puked gear oil all over the driver's brake. On to the questions! It looks like I at least have 31 splines in common, so I was going to take my old axle shafts and stuff them in the new housing. Watched a youtube on pulling c-clips, looks like something I can do. What's up with the brakes changes? I understand the drums are different part #s because of the lug holes. I'll keep my old drums to go with my old axle shafts and lug pattern (and wheels and tires!!!) But what of the shoes and cylinders? I also need a hardware kit as I cut the backside of my nails to get a frozen drum off. Should I just switch backing plates to unite all my braking problems under one year? I also have to do an axle seal but figure this should be cake. Also, fun, have to move the e-brake cable over as my "new" one got roasted on the exhaust. And completely replumb the brake lines. Anything else that's gonna get me? I'm trying to keep the axle case with its good diff gears because "a wizard did it". PS going from 2.73 to 3.08 which pleases me, and I can reprogram the speedo to match.