Originally Posted by detroitmuscle36
OK nobody is getting what I am saying. I am gonna remove the entire complete rearend. I'm not gonna swap parts, I'm gonna change the entire thing. What years will work?
If you want to swap the axle straight in, any 8.8 from a Ford Ranger will work, regardless of year. You need to be more concerned with what model has an 8.8. If it has a 4.0 or 4wd it is most likely an 8.8. Your best bet is just to look at the tag on the cover, it will say "**** 88" or "**** 75" with the *'s being gear ratio.
Your question is a little confusing on what your plans are, but I think I got it.