ok it's been a while but i'm trying to decide if it is worth it for me to do some repairs/upgrades to my mustang's rear axle. from what i read the 87-88 TC have the 8.8 rear with 4 lug and discs which would allow me to use my current stock wheels. i'm pretty sure that the 8.8 rears from 94-98 stangs have the same axle housing but different axle shafts, bolt patterns, calipers etc. i don't know what my junkyards have so i wanted to figure out what options there are so i know what to look for. according to one of the sticky tech articles if i go with the 87-88 rear end then i will run into problems when i want to upgrade to 5 lug, basically it was saying i just need some special bracket. is it correct that the 87-88 rear end would only need a special bracket to start using the sn95 5 lug stuff? are the axle housings from 94-98 the same as the ones from a tc in 87-88? can i just reuse the drums, axle shafts, etc from my 1990 stang in an 8.8 rear from a 94-98 stang? basically i have a few problems that would be solved by swapping out for a different rear end (leaks, frozen e brake) but not much money so i need to be able to reuse my wheels and tires (tires are brand new). also i'm trying to do this so i'm not looking for just 1 or 2 years of a specific car, i figure 94-98 stangs are more plentiful here in san diego than 87-88 tc's which i already know will require a special bracket down the road. any help is appreciated! edit - another question i have is this; do all the 8.8 rears use the same number of splines on the axle shafts? for some reason i want to say i read they are all 31, is that correct?