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8.8 4.10s LS, 2001 Explorer trac

simple ? will this be a direct saw to a 01 ford ranger, just asking. thanks
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No its the same as the explorer axle. You'll have to grind off the leaf perches and mountt them on top. You'll also have to make new shock mounting tabs because your shocks wont match up
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just go get one out of a ranger...then it is a direct bolt in
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its so much better of an axle. the install is super easy and there is a TON of info on it. as long as your gears match the hardest part is relocating the spring perches. the explorer axle is a spring under while the ranger is a spring over. as for the shox you can side step the shock tab fabrication. the expo shocks are mounted on the spring plate, you cna get 2 (belive it to be driver side) perches and put those on. its worth it.

31 spline-much better than 28 of a ranger
disck breaks- much much better than than the ranger drum breaks...plus no more bad wheel cyl.
L/S- you may have it, but if you dont its much better than not!
bigger axle tubes- again more strength
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its so much better of an axle. the install is super easy and there is a TON of info on it. as long as your gears match the hardest part is relocating the spring perches. the explorer axle is a spring under while the ranger is a spring over. as for the shox you can side step the shock tab fabrication. the expo shocks are mounted on the spring plate, you cna get 2 (belive it to be driver side) perches and put those on. its worth it.

31 spline-much better than 28 of a ranger
disck breaks- much much better than than the ranger drum breaks...plus no more bad wheel cyl.
L/S- you may have it, but if you dont its much better than not!
bigger axle tubes- again more strength
just what he said. no mods required for the shocks. just new hangers or if you want a 4" drop, just bolt it in as is.
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Thanks I know how the explorer works, and The leafs are being added as well.

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No its the same as the explorer axle. You'll have to grind off the leaf perches and mountt them on top. You'll also have to make new shock mounting tabs because your shocks wont match up
that does not work my man, its hard to find 4:10 at a JY, and they don't have the 31 inch spline

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just go get one out of a ranger...then it is a direct bolt in
well I know their is a ton of info on the explorer, but never saw one on the explorer trace, and what do you mean gears match? but thanks for the info

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its so much better of an axle. the install is super easy and there is a TON of info on it. as long as your gears match the hardest part is relocating the spring perches. the explorer axle is a spring under while the ranger is a spring over. as for the shox you can side step the shock tab fabrication. the expo shocks are mounted on the spring plate, you cna get 2 (belive it to be driver side) perches and put those on. its worth it.

explorer don't have disk brakes, But I'm assuming the trace does? idk i would have to check it out

31 spline-much better than 28 of a ranger
disck breaks- much much better than than the ranger drum breaks...plus no more bad wheel cyl.
L/S- you may have it, but if you dont its much better than not!
bigger axle tubes- again more strength
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Are you 2wd?
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yea I am 2wd
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then matching gears isn't a problem for you. if you had a 4wd, you would need to keep the gears the same on both axles. can't run a 3.73 in the front and a 4.10 in the rear.
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Ya so it doesn't matter for you then
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make sure you get u bolts for the exploder rear end, ranger ones are too small.
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yep I'm top of this, i got it today for $25, and the dam nothing look almost brand new, it was from a recked low mileage trace and was , I took off the rear end e-brake cable and leaf, of course I have a set of leafs from a explorer also. I got the longer u-bolts from auto zone, Im good to go
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