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8.8 limited slip carrier swap

Hey guys, I have a 8.8 open diff w/ 308 gears in my 96 ranger. I found a 8.8 limited slip rear end w/ 4.10 from an Explorer I got from a buddy of mine. I know the ranger has 28 spline axles and the explorer has 31 spline axles. My question is can I swap the 31 spline axles and limited slip carrier from the explorer axle to my ranger 8.8? I've heard yes and no. Are the Explorer axles longer or the same length? I'm not interested in swapping the entire axle since I've already swapped to disk brakes. Thanks
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Nope, it won't work.
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Thats too bad. Anyone know any other vehicles that came w/ a 28 spline limited slip carrier besides mustangs that would be super easy to come across in a salvage yard? Thanks
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I believe my 95 4x4 8.8 came with 28 spline and it's LS. When checking the tags on the diff covers, it will say 3L73 or 4L10. That tells you the gear ration and the L means limited slip. There should also be 8.8 on the tag to tell you the ring and pinion size. That way you can look at other vehicles for one.
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nope cant swap 31 spline stuff in a 28 spline houseing the 31 spline houseing is bigger. now you can swap the whole explorer axel in just reweld the spring perches and shock mounts and your good to go
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