Ranger gears into swap into D4 explorer axle?
Ok. I have a 99 Ranger 4x4. It has open 8.8 with 4:10 and drum brakes. I just picked up a D4 axle from a 97 Explorer that has disc brakes, limited slip, and I believe 3:73 gears. I want to know if I swap the axles will my current 4:10's work with the explorer axle and the explorer's limited slip? I was planning on holding off for the "right: axle but this one was given to me in exchange for about 2 hours of my labor. I already have a buddy to weld on some new perches and shock mounts. I have searched and found a kit online that sells the perches and am planning on attempting the swap. I found the write up on the swap. Does anyone have any personal tips? My truck currently has chevy shackles also. Im assuming the axle swap has no impact on ride hieght. Also what else should I take off the explorer? My ranger has 4 wheel ABS, I read somewhere that may play apart in the swap? I plan on buying a new master cylinder just to save the hassle of a possible issue. Will I need the proportoning valve for the rear? Everytime I search I come up with several different answers. So I would like the input from someone that has DONE the swap. Sorry but I dont want to risk issues to save some $ rather just do what I need to do the first time. So please let me know what is needed and the best parts to use. I preffer not to buy a cheap perch kit so if you know a quality set please let me know. Sorry for the rambling, just looking to find all input before dismantling my truck.