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fox body mustang 8.8 fit into 1996 Ranger?

Anyone know if this is a direct bolt-in swap or if it needs new perches welded on, etc?
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not bolt in
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Definitely not a bolt in... all '79+ Mustangs were coil spring rear suspension so there are no leaf spring perches. The width should be pretty close though!
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Thanks for the info... I've got me eye on one that someone is selling in the classifieds where I am.

3.73 limited slip. Drum brakes (which I actually prefer on the rear) Late 80's Fox body.

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Dangit... did a little more looking and it looks like the pumpkin is centered, and the lug pattern is likely 4x4.25...

Passing on that. I'd have to move the diff housing to the pass. side and then deal with the drum brake and suspension mounting points. Then buy new axles.

Not worth it.
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The centered pinion shouldn't be a big deal... I'm in the process of swapping a Mustang rear end in my '68 right now and while looking around a lot of classic Mustang guys use the offset Explorer rears in their cars with no issues.

The bolt pattern will definitely be wrong unless someone has already done a 5 lug swap. Your Ranger axles may fit though... I know quite a few guys with Fox body Mustangs using Ranger axles for their 5 lug swaps... I think you just need two of the shorter side Ranger axles? I could me mistaken though.
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The best part of the Explorer Axle swap is the 31 spline axle shafts, comes with a limited slip and you can find them with disc brakes, which are far better than drums. Most Ex-Axles are 3.73s some are 4.10s.

Either choice will need a little rework to fit in but there is a kit for the Explorer Axles to make them a bolt in.

Most Ex-Axles can be had for a buck and a half or less.
And then there is the FX4-LvL II Axles, is you can find one but I do not think you can find one for less than $300.

Is the Mustang Axle the same width as the Ranger ?
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Not all Explorers have limited slip differentials... just FYI if you're looking!
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Not all Explorers have limited slip differentials... just FYI if you're looking!
I thought they did, wrong again !

Everyone I have located in the JY had LSD and 3.73 gears but the main thing is the 31 spline axles and the larger housing, the rest you can and should buy new.
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