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Axle info

Hi i have been reading about lockers and LSD and i am a little confused. I was woundering what kind of axle i have gearing and if i have limited slip or not. I know there is a number code that says but i don't know where it is or how to read it.

Also if you have Independent front suspension how does the gearing and limited slip/ locker work i know the back is straight axle but im a little confused on how the front works is it Limited slip or locked form the factory. I get how straight axle works but not the idependent. Thanks

My truck is a 99 b3000 4x4 reg cab.
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you DO have independent front suspension, you have a solid axle in the back.

most likely a Ford 8.8" out back.

i can tell you real quick if you take a pic of the axle, and the little metal tag that's bolted to the axle.

or go look at it, it should say like

4 L 10, that would mean it has 4.10:1 axle ratio with a limited slip..

somewhere on there, probably before the 4 L 10, will say 88 or 75(maybe on the 75) but if its 8 8 then you have an 8.8" axle..
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I knew i had an indepenent front and solid back but i just dont know how the indepenent works with a locker because there is no axle. I will look at it tomorrow its to dark and snowy outside.
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its got a differential, then instead of solid shafts there are joints on the CV shaft that allow them to travel up and down.

stock there is no locker or l/s up front but they are pretty cheap and easy to do,
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O ok i understand now lol im dumb. I think I might get a locker for the front what kind do I need and I still need to figure out what I have in back.
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To figure out what you have in back, look at your door tag sticker. At the bottom near the middle it will say Axle with 2 letters/digits underneath that. Then just look here
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And if your missing the door tag sticker, here's how to decipher what the axle tag says.

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Well this sucks I have 86 so no limited slip for me. What would I need to do to get limited slip or how much would a front and rear locker cost.
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If you get lucky you can find a LS axle at a junkyard out of another Ranger and swap it in.
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Should I get a locker for the front or back and is it possible to get LS for the front
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i would get a selectable locker for the front because a locker for a dd isnt the greatest and i would get a limited slip for the rear
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Say I wanted to regear I would need back and front gears and LS for back and selectible for the front how spendy would that be
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Yes when you regear you need 2 sets of gears. No one makes a selectable locker for the Ranger Dana 35. They might for the TTB suspension but not the IFS suspension.
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What is in the front then. I know the back is a dana 35 what is the front. Also is a locker a new set of gears or is a locker and LS seperate from the gears.
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Front is a special Dana 35 only found in Rangers, Sport Tracs and Explorers. The rear can be a Ford 7.5 or 8.8 but since you have a 4wd its a 8.8.
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No no it's a 7.5 LOL I looked I also have 3.73 gears with non limited slip it sucks
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No no it's a 7.5 LOL I looked I also have 3.73 gears with non limited slip it sucks
Hmm. I thought I saw something that said all 4wd Rangers have a 8.8. All well.
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I wish it sucks I want to gear change and lock it out but I font think it will be worth it.
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just take a picture of the damn axle and we can solve this real quick.
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I looked at the axle code so it's fine unless you don't trust the code
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just take a picture of the damn axle and we can solve this real quick.
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