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Old 11-01-2010
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Icon4 7.5 axle swap to 8.8 axle Possible?

So what I really wanna know is I have a 97 ranger with a 7.5 ring gear and 9inch brakes and 3.73 ratio.... Can I swap to a 94 ranger with 8.8 ring gear and 10 inch brakes and 3.73 ratio..... WITHOUT swaping anything but the full axels? Please help if anyone knows!!! Cause my axle is going out.
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yeah you can swap them
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Yep. I have a 2000 that had a 7.5, 3.73, w/ 9 inch drums and I swapped in a 31 spline 8.8.

Direct swap.

Oh and by the way. If your Ranger came with a 4.0 from the factory you already have an 8.8.

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If not just find an 8.8 out of Junk yard, save yourself the hassle
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