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Old 11-22-2006
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Explorer Axle Swap

Hey guys, I was wondering if you could help me out answering a few questions. Me and my dad were thinking about doing an Explorer swap into my 93' Ranger this spring. From what I read is that you only need a flip kit to mount it b/c the explorer leafs are mounted on the bottom instead of the top vs. ranger's on top? I also read that explorer axles are 2" wider than ranger axles. So I was thinking how would that work out having a 2" wider rear end then the front, wouldn't it look wierd? I wanted to do this swap if possible b/c I can get my hands on a 8.8 4.10 explorer easily around here, because I plan on swapping to 4.10 gears soon because I'm thinking about some more lift and 33's. How do 4.10 gears run on the highway also? I know right now I am running at just under 3,000 rpm at 75 mph's.
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Old 11-22-2006
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flip kits work, welding on new perches is better though, the axle looks fine on the rear barely noticeable.

4:10's are great on the highway especailly if you are running 33's to 35's
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Old 11-22-2006
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I'm thinking about running 33's w/ either a body lift on top on the leveling coils on my truck now, or running like 4" coils up front with 2" blocks in the rear. So 33's are what I'm looking at for the future. I know I can do this mod on a low budget so I am definetly looking into it. My dad is concerned with mpg and running highway speeds verse my 3.73 gears now.
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Old 11-22-2006
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I'm running an FX4 31 spline axle -- really just an Explorer axle with the perches already relocated. Also on mine, I redid the shock mounts so they are in a horizontal plane rather than sticking down at an angle. I could re-use the stock shocks with the lift, an they don't stick down to drag or catch on things.

Nice thing about the later (95 and up) Exploder axles are the disc brakes.
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I did this earlier this year. I ordered weld on spring perches and shock mounts from somewhere on-line I could find the website for you in a minute but if you google leaf spring perch and shock mount you will come up with what you need. I got the upper spring plate from jeffsbroncograveyard.com. I got the wider longer U-bolts from a local 4x4 shop(you are on your own there). Basically that all you need. The explorer 31 spline shafts are way stronger then the stock 28 spline ones. it is an excellent upgrade. You can find explorer axles in almost every junkyard. I think almost every explorer is an open diff so thats something to think about when doing the swap. So you might want to think about buying some type of LS or locker or whatever you think you need for the type of driving you do.

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Old 11-23-2006
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Ranger1 thanks for the info. I was wondering if anyone knows if any explorers came with LS w/ 4.10's? I know down at the local jy he just got in a 99ish explorer limited. Either way explorer's are a dime a dozen in the jy's around here.
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i think the D4 axle code is the 4.10 L/S one, ive been looking into it as well
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aah check that D2 is 4.10 ls d4 is 3.73
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thanks a bunch, thinking about hitting up the jy tomorrow. Wouldn't it be sweet if they had black friday sales at the junkyards, haha
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I was thinking if am geared 3.73 right now and swap to a 4.10 in the rear. Would I have to swap 4.10 in the front right away b/c my professor can help me swap them. I would only need it swapped right away if i were to use the 4 wheel drive right?
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I was planning on re-gearing it anyway, I went to 4.88's so I honestly didn't look for specific gears. Even if i could have found one with a LS I wanted to go to something a little better then the stock ford LS which you will most likely need to re-build the clutches anyway if it has high mileage. The stock ford LS is a good unit but I sort of thought by the time you buy the re-build kit(no idea what it cost) you might as well take that money and put it toward a better diff. I went to the ECTED electric LS to locker. I was planning on making a post in a little bit on the ECTED but I am very happy with it no complaints after about 3K miles.
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Ben's Ranger is getting to be a pretty incredible machine these days!
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Ben's Ranger is getting to be a pretty incredible machine these days!
Wait until you see my next truck.
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I'm already jealous, Ben -- don't give me a reason to HATE you besides, lol!
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The explorer 35 spline shafts are way stronger then the stock 28 spline ones.
just and FYI correction probly just a mistype there 31 spline not 35... that is all good night..
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I'm already jealous, Ben -- don't give me a reason to HATE you besides, lol!
My next truck is going be huge. I am already plotting, planning and saving. My goal is to get the bottom of the door at chest height.
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My next truck is going be huge. I am already plotting, planning and saving. My goal is to get the bottom of the door at chest height.
ya that will be fun till you need to stop at the ol' gas station every few miles......
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ya that will be fun till you need to stop at the ol' gas station every few miles......
gotta pay to play. My DD(ford focus) gets 34 MPG.
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I went back to the JY yesterday, after looking at about 10-12 explorers I found 2 axles with D4 axle code (3.73 LS). They told me $250 for the complete rear end. After christmas I'm heading up to the another yard were they only charge around $50 a rear end, maybe I can get lucky a find one up there...
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$250 for the rear ends is still a good deal, and having the rear end a lil wider I think gives the truck a meaner stance, but its only 3/4" wider each side so its not entirely visible unless you knew it.
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