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2000 ranger front axle question

does anyone know what front axle came in a 2000 ford ranger 4.0 4x4? looking at getting a new cover that has a drain plug for easier front diff oil changes through ruff tuff or anyone else that carries one if it helps, thanks
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dana 35... do they even make covers for it? I've never looked. I know ruff stuff doesn't...

*edit they got one for the jeep d35 but I'm not thinking that will fit in an ifs setup. But I don't know for sure.
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Nope, no one makes a D35 IFS diff cover and the jeep D35 cover will not work.

Your only option for making a drain plug, is drill your cover, weld a nut on the inside(or JB weld),and run a bolt with an O-ring.
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Bob installed a motorcycle drain plug in the bottom of the housing but he said the material is really thin and easy to strip threads out.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...installed.html
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I have been emailing ruff stuff on this subject..sounds like he makes one for the dana 30 but don't know how different? I don' t he is sure what the ranger has either
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The dana 30 is another jeep axle... it won't fit either. it protrudes too much and I don't think the bolts line up.
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Dana 35 3/8" One Piece Diff Cover [d35c] - $100.00 I think they may make a cover but haven't find out yet if it will fit or if it has a drain bolt yet
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Its a super tight fit between the axle and crossmembers. I'm not so sure an aftermarket cover would even fit.
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You are stuck with the stock cover. I wanted to install a drain in the cover itself but really there is no room.
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