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front axle/diff help

I hav a 94 Ranger STX 4x4 4.0L 5speed and im looking to put a lock-right in the front axle, anyone know where to find one or exaclty what i need? not sure what size the axle is or anything. Please help!
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why would you want one in the font? wouldnt you want it in the rear the front is already locked, ok in rangers that are 4x4 you have the 8.8 in the rear and the 7.5 in the front. and i wanna put on in my ranger in the rear b/c i hate the one wheel wonder. and you dont really need to look hard for one you just search it and puttin it in isnt to hard either i hear.
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why would you want one in the font? wouldnt you want it in the rear the front is already locked, ok in rangers that are 4x4 you have the 8.8 in the rear and the 7.5 in the front. and i wanna put on in my ranger in the rear b/c i hate the one wheel wonder. and you dont really need to look hard for one you just search it and puttin it in isnt to hard either i hear.
WWWHHHAAATTT???

First off...in alex 98 ranger he has an 8.8 in the rear and a DANA 30/35 hybrid axle in the front with cv outers

in your 1994, you have an 8.8 rear and a DANA 35 front. you will need a lock-rite for a ranger dana 35 for <1998 model year.

there was never a ranger that came with a locked front axle
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why would you want one in the font? wouldnt you want it in the rear the front is already locked, ok in rangers that are 4x4 you have the 8.8 in the rear and the 7.5 in the front. and i wanna put on in my ranger in the rear b/c i hate the one wheel wonder. and you dont really need to look hard for one you just search it and puttin it in isnt to hard either i hear.
you really need to stop posting tech info holy crap wrong. so you have a 7.5 rear axle in the front of your truck.

there is no factory built ranger with anything but open front end.
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I think downey is a more credible source for tech info than i have seen come from a few others on here
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i have trouble believing that its an open diff in the front. i know its not "locked" fully but its not quite an open diff. as when you get on the road in 4x4 the front locks up meaning power is getting to both wheels.
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i have trouble believing that its an open diff in the front. i know its not "locked" fully but its not quite an open diff. as when you get on the road in 4x4 the front locks up meaning power is getting to both wheels.
Its an open diff. Period.
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really where is the info available, i wanna read it. so 4x4 is actually 4x2?
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really where is the info available, i wanna read it. so 4x4 is actually 4x2?
As stated above. No Ranger has ever come with anything but an open diff up front. And yes a 4x4 is really a 4x2 if thats how you want to look at it. 4x4 binding on pavement while turning is not anything new and is normal behavior even for an open diff up front. If you're convinced yours has something other than open then pull the axle, open it up, and I'm positive all you'll find is spider gears.
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your right its an open diff.
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Do some basic research on how 4x4 works and operates.

Watch the animated video in the middle of the page. page.HowStuffWorks "Four-wheel Drive Differential"

I've been stuck many times when I had open diffs to know how the dang thing works/operates. If you're on flat dry surface yes power to all 4 wheels. When a wheel loses traction, the power is moved to that wheel. You could have 1/2 truck on ice (think beside roadway) and other 1/2 on dry pavement and you'll be stuck (assuming zero traction on ice, ie: no snow or dirt). The tire with the least resistance will spin.
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the reason it binds on open pavement is because when you turn the front wheels turn in a different arc than the rear, therefore turning a different speed
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wow well after all the confusion, thanks.. so its the dana 35 and i need the lock-rite for dana 35 <98 rangers, got it
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not to jack the thread but could i assume that since the rear axle is a 28 spline that the front is to? ive looked for any excess info on my front axle but i cant seem to find any on the dana 35.
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I don't know the spline count, but just because the rear is one spline count the front isn't always the same. I want to say your front axle is a 27 spline as I think that is what my 05' was, but not positive.
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Yes the D35 is 27 spline.
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Pretty sure it is 27 spline up front for the IFS (SLA) d35 on the 98+ ranger, 95-01 explorer, 01-05 sport trac. FYI the differentials for standard D35s don't work on the IFS/SLA version, they would need to be explorer/ranger specifc.
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Aussie used to make one, but it looks like they don't anymore.
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Axle splines:
Dana 30: 27 Spline
Dana 35: 27 Spline
Dana 44: 19 spline course (early models), 30 spline fine (late), 32 spline in Jeep Rubicons
Dana 60: 30 or 35 spline depending on application
Dana 70: 35 spline
Ford 7.5": 28 Spline
Ford 8.8": 28 or 31 Spline depending on Application
Ford 9": 28 or 31 Spline depending on Application
Ford 10.25"/10.5" Sterling: 35 Spline

All of these are FACTORY spline counts. However, larger shafts with more splines are available from the aftermarket world for most of the axles mentioned above.
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you really need to stop posting tech info holy crap wrong. so you have a 7.5 rear axle in the front of your truck.

there is no factory built ranger with anything but open front end.

NOT TRUE!! 93-97 TTB trucks, some had a limited slip front differential from the factory...
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If it is it is highly rare and no 98+ SLA
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NOT TRUE!! 93-97 TTB trucks, some had a limited slip front differential from the factory...
pics or gtfo lol
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