Mod:Explorer Axle Swap
Difficulty: 5/10 (some mechanical knowledge required)
Time: [Approximate time needed]
Author: Scott Gabriel (Gay-briel)
Please direct all questions and comments to the author.
- Basic hand tools and a good mechanics wrench set.
HOW-TO EXPLORER AXLE SWAP
This was done Danger94Ranger (from RPS) and myself.
Before shot with flip kit
First is first. Remove the bed by unbolting the 6 carriage bolts, also disconnect the tail light harness and unbolt the gas filler neck.
Jack up frame and support with jack stands on either side near cab. Maybe sure you place blocks in front of the wheels or else the truck my move
Wheels off and on Stands
Use a jack to support the axle, and use a block of wood or something to hold up the drive shaft. You then need to unbolt the 4 U-Bolts holding the axle to the leaf, and the bolts holding the drive shaft to the yoke. Also remove the ABS sensor wire, brake lines, Parking brake lines, and breather tube
Undoing brake lines
Then unbolt the rears of the leaf springs and pull the axle out.
Then place Explorer axle on jack (transmission jacks work great) and place in the spot where the Ranger axle was removed
Explorer Axle in place
Line up axle on the leafs
Go ahead and bolt in the explorer axle to the drive shaft and reattach brake lines
Now, install the U-Bolts to attach the axle to the leafs. The explorer 8.8 rear is actually thicker the then the ranger 7.5 and 8.8, so you might need aftermarket U-Bolts, or get OEM ones from the factory. We used U-Bolts from AutoZone and just had to clamp the ends together to get the spring plate on.
Now make sure all brake lines are hooked up and that your brakes are blead. Then is time to put your rims back on.
We did not have all the proper pieces for the sway bar so we removed it. We also didn’t have the proper parking brake lines, so danger94ranger is running without parking brakes. Make sure when you get your explorer axle you get the parking brake lines that go with it.
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Edited by Jason Gonderman (rngprerunner) for grammar and format.