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97 explorer dana 35

Just thought id ask this question
First off last night i grenaded my front gears(pinion seal leaked). I found a Dana 35 from a guy that lives locally who also happens to be on explorerforums.com, its got the gears i need. Now my question is since my truck was made in 12/99 I'm going to guess that i have the live axle set up. Would this diff not work with my truck? If you have aim just aim at chevyslayer925. I'm hoping it works, for 135 bucks i cant pass it up.

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It should work. The type of hubs you have won't affect anything if you're just changing the axle.
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I'm changing the pumpking out, just drop the one with the broken gears out, pop the used one in, put the axles in bolt it together add fluid and off i go
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as long as its not the passenger side axle disconnect kind your fine
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as long as its not the passenger side axle disconnect kind your fine
Never heard can you explain?
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Explorers never used PVH hubs like rangers did so certain ones used a disconnect on the axle itself instead of at the hubs like rangers. Make sure the donor axle does not have that. Do you have a link to the axle so we can check it out and see?
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Heres a pic of an explorer axle with the center disconnect.

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Cool! The one in the link will work perfectly in your ranger.
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its in my garage now I'm half tempted to throw a locker in there since i've got it out and its in perfect condition. The guy i got it from has a jeep with air lockers front and rear and an f250 with procomp 2987s
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good luck
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its in my garage now I'm half tempted to throw a locker in there since i've got it out and its in perfect condition. The guy i got it from has a jeep with air lockers front and rear and an f250 with procomp 2987s
Now would be the time to do it!
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Yea i think im going to PM whoever is selling the aussie locker and buy it friday. Its in excellent condition for what i paid for it, now if only i can find a better diff cover....
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