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when i do my swap next weekend witht he brakes..you want me to take pictures of it so you know what im talking about?
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yea sure! but how can i do this with my ranger? i have 28 spline axles....unless i do an exploder swap...
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well your talking about doing an 8.8 swap or a 9.. do an 8.8 with 31 spline with whatever gears you want..you wont wreck it..if you do..ill give you a gold medal
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This makes a little more sense as to why you were saying "get a Level II rear end", you should have made it clearer earlier that you intended to put the explorer brake setup on the ranger axle.

Though I'm skeptical this will work. Did you buy chance measure everything up before hand? Maybe it will work, but I'm thinking you'll have a problem with the caliper brackets and backing plates working out right.
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oh ok, i thought you were talking about taking the brakes off the exploder and putting them straight onto the ranger axle.
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oh god..

I have an Ranger rear end.. my truck came with a 8.8 31 spline..

EXPLORERS have 8.8 31 spline rear ends

I took the BRAKES off a 8.8 31 spline explorer.. the REAR ends are identical to a rangers maybe 1.5" bigger like was stated before..

a 31 spline 8.8 is a 31 spline 8.8 the mounting is all the same ..

in the HOW-TO section theres a write up.. bill did one for the swap..

BUT if you have the smaller 28 spline you cant do this swap you need the 31 spline axle hence if you do the 8.8 swap make sure its a 31 spline and use the brakes off an explorer!

make more sense?
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I've come across many 8.8" Explorer/disc brake equipped rear ends at the local salvage yard that still are attached to the wrecked vehicles, but can can purchased for about $200 for the entire rear axle unit including brakes and anything else you want to take off with it. I can't imagine paying $1000 for anything like that.
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Junkyards around me only want $120 for the complete axles.
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yyea like 80$ here any gears they dont care 60$ for jsut drums
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