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explorer rear end question

the junk yard by my house has a bunch of axles already pulled so i cant look for an explorer and pull it off the truck, what ID numbers will verify what year/model/gear/limited slip or not it has? and ya i know what an 8.8 looks like ha.

what years have disc brakes? are any certain years an easier swap than another? should i find an explorer and gank the ebrake cables and connectors if they havent been cut?

and to set the pinion angle correct, should i just find the pinion angle on my 8.8 now sittin on its own weight and set the explorer angle the same? or do i need to cycle the suspension to make sure it does not bind?
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the junk yard by my house has a bunch of axles already pulled so i cant look for an explorer and pull it off the truck, what ID numbers will verify what year/model/gear/limited slip or not it has? and ya i know what an 8.8 looks like ha.
what years have disc brakes? are any certain years an easier swap than another? should i find an explorer and gank the ebrake cables and connectors if they havent been cut?
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I believe 96 up are disc braked...........you will be able to tell whether it's an Explorer axle by where the leafs mount, as Rangers are over the axle w/shock mounts on the tubes and Explorers are under axle w/o shock mounts on the axle tubes, as the shocks mount to the spring plates. If the tag has an L in the ratio (3L73= L/S 3.73) then it's a Limited Slip, if not, it's open.

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and to set the pinion angle correct, should i just find the pinion angle on my 8.8 now sittin on its own weight and set the explorer angle the same? or do i need to cycle the suspension to make sure it does not bind?
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Your suspension won't bind on this swap, and pinion angle should be the same degree no matter what the rearend is.............I have a 98 Explorer rearend in my 94 Ranger and I used 5 degree shims to get it to a pinion angle I was comfortable with eyeballin it, I haven't put a degree tool on it yet.

Hope this helps & GOOD LUCK!

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thanks. ill probally go hunting for a rear end this weekend.
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