It's been a long road getting this thing squared away, but it's cleaned up, narrowed and bolted on top of the leaf springs, sort of. I did the mod where a small plate is welded to the Exploder shock mount plate to serve as the new location for the bottom of the shock. Like this: That's out because now that it's in place I see that the angle is all wrong. The only solution I can think of is re-drill the stock plates for the new, wider U-bolts. I don't love this plan, but it'd take a ton of re-engineering to make the Exploder plates work. Thoughts? Question #2: driveshaft length. Anybody else done this and not had to cut the driveshaft down? I cut mine down an inch for the T-5 years ago, and just eyeballing it with the 8.8, I bet I need to take at least an inch out. Maybe more like 1.75in. Is this consistent with your experience? I had heard some need to trim it by an inch, some not at all, but it's way off on mine as it sits mocked up. For a "simple swap", this thing has been a pain in the rear. Get it? "Rear"? Kill me.