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Old 01-18-2009
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4x4 explorer parts on 08 2wd ranger

I want an OHC for my truck, and to swap my rear leaf springs for the explorer ones because mine are garbage. At local pick & pulls, that'll run me a little over $200. i found a 1997 explorer XLT 4dr 4x4 for $500, i may even be able to get it a bit cheaper. and down the road i want to do a 4x4 conversion on my 08 sport. can i use the parts off the explorer like t-case, front axle, drive shaft and all that fun stuff for my truck? i know it has an electronic t-case, and the 4x4 works fine, the body is just in rough shape and it was hit by a snow plow so its missing a couple windows on the passenger side, which i don't care about. i'm just going to be stripping it down and scraping whatever i dont use. is it worth it to buy it?
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How old are the leaf springs on the explorer? and why are yours garbage? if your finding it sags with weight just get an AAL. Ill guarantee 11yr old leafs off an explorer will be garbage compared to your brand new leafs
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my leafs look like a 'w' with only 130 lbs in the back.
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Just wondering:

How many km/miles on your truck now?
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Being an 08 I would hope it doesn't have much more than 30k miles on it. Look in the door jam at the informational sticker under SPR. You should see 11KK or BK or something similar. Post it up. You likely have the weakest leaf springs and torsion bars.

For $500, the explorer is worth it if it has a working transfer case, front axle, CV shafts and related equipment. As far as the leaf springs, well they may or may not be better than what you have since that vehicle is 12 years old now. I know many Explorers around here are sagging in the rear. If it isn't go for it.
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sorry to ask a question but what is "AAL"?
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How far down the road are you planning to do this swap considering it is an 08. If your going to wait more than two years to do it i would pass.

grab an ohc on ebay for 100 or so and your set.

If your leafs are sagging take it back to ford, the truck is almost new, unless you are over the 60k mark.
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sorry to ask a question but what is "AAL"?
Add A Leaf
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its got 35,000km on it, ive had it for a year and a half. i decided im gonig to pass on the truck, just toss in an AAL or two, or see what ford can do, i have no doubt that i have the weakest springs and torsions so im not expecting much. i'll check out that sticker tomorrow and post it up, its snowing out an im sick so 'eff' the cold haha
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yup, BBKK. I was looking for an AAL online, found these;
http://store.fatbobsgarage.com/share...unt2=739692330
(if the link doesn't work is part # 13120) it doesn't mention if its a long aal or short, but it looks short, is that going to make much of a difference?
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Just to be clear on something the transfercase in the explorer is a BW4405, it doesn't work like a normal bw1354, it has an electro magnetic clutch inside 4high gear is always on with those transfercases 12v power to the clutch inside locks it to 4wd. So if you want a good reliable transfercase I would consider going with a manual or electronic shift BW1354 transfercase. Under a great deal of pressure the transfercase clutch can and may slip. Just a fore warning.
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