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expo front diff

planning on swapping in an expo 8.8. if i get one with 4.10's will the same front end stiff into the rangers?
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The front is the same if its a 95-99(2000?). Basically when they switched to the 4.6 V8 the diff changed.

It should look like this:
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in short no dice for a 2k2
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in short no dice for a 2k2
I'm going to say no. I believe the suspension changed but I'm not sure exactly what did if anything changed. I think it went wider.
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its just random thought i had while on vacation.
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2002 is when the Explorer changed, but so did the rear axle at that time. So if you pull the 8.8 from any 97-01 Explorer and it has 4.10 gears then you can use the front diff in your truck too. The 97-01 Explorer front diff is physically the same as the 98-09 Ranger diff.
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I think there is a slight difference in the mounting brackets but they can be swapped.
The 95-96 is similar but I think there is an addition disconnect or something weird in the front axle. I forget exactly what it is now though.
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Yea, the mounting bracket that would be a problem just bolts to the diff housing. You can bolt the Ranger one up and be good.

I agree with the 95-96, they may work, but I would just go with a later one and not chance there being something funky in it.
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I have a 2003 Sport Trac front axle in my truck right meow....
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I have a 2003 Sport Trac front axle in my truck right meow....
ha, i have a 97 mountaineer axle in my trac
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And I had a standard Explorer axle in my Sport Trac...
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Not as exotic but I have a 2002 Ranger axle in my 1999.
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so let me get this straight if i was going to get an expo front axle it would have to be from a 97-01 or would the 02 and up work too just change a bracket?
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97-01 and maybe 95 and 96. Just stay with 97-01. That's it.
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02+ will not work. They changed the body style of the Explorer to a non-RBV.
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ok got ya i was going to go get one this weekend
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02+ will not work. They changed the body style of the Explorer to a non-RBV.
but 02-05 explorer sport and sport trac models will work
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Correct^
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but 02-05 explorer sport and sport trac models will work
Touche.
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but 02-05 explorer sport and sport trac models will work
I know this is an old thread but is this true, these years will fit an ’03 ranger ?
I thought the Explorer, the Ex Sport and Sport Trac were all the same.
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01-05 sport trac will work, 97-01 Explorer (again some 95-96 may work), and the 2 door explorer sport should work. The mounting bracket may not be the same but you can re-use yours. As Shane stated, he is running the front diff from my 05 sport trac, and my sport trac was running a diff from a four door explorer.
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Funny how Ford mixes things up.
i will have to look for something at the JY but few Sport Trac in there.
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the diff I used ion my 04 trac is from a 97 explorer 4door

just had to fab a new mount for the shorter axle bracket
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OK good info.
The JY by me has a low milage Ex Sport, I think an ’01, that should work as far as the info goes.
I might just pick it up so I can set up both the Lvl II 8.8 and the D35 before the axle swap happens.

Are there any HD Front Diffs that work in an ’03 Ranger app., say a Frt Diff out of an F150 ?
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Nope, f150 diff is way too wide. I think i took measurements for someone else.
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