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Icon5 explorer rear end swap into a 99 ranger 4x4

ok so i know this has been covered but id like a thread where its not all cluttered with mis info. So i have a 1999 ranger 4x4 with the 7.5 in the rear and wanna swap it with the explorer 8.8 because id like a stronger rear being that im running 33x1250 15's. My ? is i have the 3in bl on it and i wanna end up keeping that height i have with the tires and bl. so where would i weld the shock mounts and spring perches? Thanks for the help!
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Weld them on the expo axle like they're welded to your stock axle.
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ok thanks alot man thats what i needed to know and will that 8.8 be able to make my 33's go alittle bit better lol
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What do you mean go a little bit better. The axle size doesn't do anything, its the gears inside it.
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depends on the gearing you go in there. if you have 3.73 in your stock axle, and the expo has 4.10, then yes it'll help out.
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Post pics of the swap if you can! there can never be too many pics of the same thing on this site... ask anyone with a body lift or black headlights lol
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danger06ranger has a pretty dang good thread regarding his buildup...find it in the project log section of the site.
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Keep in mind, if you change the gear ratio in the rear, you have to do it in the front as well
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yeah i was planning on regearing front and rear as well i just find it kind of pointless on a 7.5 in the rear.
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