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Front diff on a 03

I have a level II 2003, ive looked on mitchell at work and the say its a dana 35 in front. My question is would a truetrac from a jeep dana 35 fit in the housing and the axles? I have one at work thats is to no use to us.
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Probably not. The 98+ Ranger D35 is a special version that is narrower than other D35's.

Ranger D35 locker/LS discussion
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no the locker will not fit, but the gears will..........dont ask me why....i have no idea, but the gears will work...
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gears yes... there are only 2 lockers made for the front of these trucks.. lockright and the no-slip, both from powertrax. i have the lockright installed up front and i love it
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gears yes... there are only 2 lockers made for the front of these trucks.. lockright and the no-slip, both from powertrax. i have the lockright installed up front and i love it

i thought you were going to sell it? no?
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it will be for sale prob next spring... but then a whole lot of stuff should be for sale then.... ie RCD, all stock susp stuff... ect
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gears yes... there are only 2 lockers made for the front of these trucks.. lockright and the no-slip, both from powertrax. i have the lockright installed up front and i love it
Aussie Locker also makes a model that will fit the 98+ Ranger D35:

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I have the no-slip in my front axle pm me if you need the part number.
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i thought u couldnt put a no slip in the front because we dont have locking hubs? r u able to drive it on the street with no problem. and also the application guide from powertrax only goes up to 2000 for the front diff

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i thought u couldnt put a no slip in the front because we dont have locking hubs? r u able to drive it on the street with no problem. and also the application guide from powertrax only goes up to 2000 for the front diff
the front diff is the same for '98+ Rangers.....
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i was worried about how the powertrax unit would feel on the street. would it be harder for me to make turns?
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no because it will dissengage when you are turning just like a limited slip or locker in the rear.....

and besides....when you are in 2wd your hubs will be disengaged.....just because you dont have to lock them in to put it in 4x4 dont mean you dont have them.....if you have 4wd, you have hubs......when you put your truck in 2wd, they disengage.......when you put it in 2wd, it is a good idea to back up about 10 feet to make sure they are disengaged........

putting it in the front will not limit your turning....
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i have a 2003 though. i have cv joints up front. my front driveshaft is constantly turning with the front wheels. i tested it last time my truck was on a lift. i turned one of the wheels and it spun the driveshaft. is this not normal on my truck? all of this was done in 2WD
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no because it will dissengage when you are turning just like a limited slip or locker in the rear.....

and besides....when you are in 2wd your hubs will be disengaged.....just because you dont have to lock them in to put it in 4x4 dont mean you dont have them.....if you have 4wd, you have hubs......when you put your truck in 2wd, they disengage.......when you put it in 2wd, it is a good idea to back up about 10 feet to make sure they are disengaged........

putting it in the front will not limit your turning....
Actually it does. After PVH all rangers are live axle. I think 2000 1/2 +
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i have a 2003 though. i have cv joints up front. my front driveshaft is constantly turning with the front wheels. i tested it last time my truck was on a lift. i turned one of the wheels and it spun the driveshaft. is this not normal on my truck?
That is correct. No problems
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no because it will dissengage when you are turning just like a limited slip or locker in the rear.....

and besides....when you are in 2wd your hubs will be disengaged.....just because you dont have to lock them in to put it in 4x4 dont mean you dont have them.....if you have 4wd, you have hubs......when you put your truck in 2wd, they disengage.......when you put it in 2wd, it is a good idea to back up about 10 feet to make sure they are disengaged........

putting it in the front will not limit your turning....

01+ is live axle, no hubs disengaging. our CVs and driveshaft spin ALL the time no matter 2wd or 4wd.

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so if i were to install a powertrax no slip or an aussie locker i would be ok? im just worried about being able to drive on the street
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01+ is live axle, no hubs disengaging. our CVs and driveshaft spin ALL the time no matter 2wd or 4wd.

edit: phil beat me.
huh....learn something daily.....i thought they still ahd the PHV's..............

ok.......well even if you install it in the front you WILL NOT have any problems with it....it will disengage its self when you are turning just like it would if you had one in the rear..........because the outside wheel HAS to turn faster than the inside wheel......
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cool. new mod that i want now. thanx for the info guys
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so if i were to install a powertrax no slip or an aussie locker i would be ok? im just worried about being able to drive on the street

you shouldnt have any issues.several people use them on the street.

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The 98~2006 diff is the same but the axle situation is different from 2000.5 on. Judging from their application chart, it appears that Powertrax does not recommend using their No-Slip or Lock-Right lockers with the 2000.5+ "live axle" trucks that turn the diff at all times.
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i saw that too. then i went to the aussie locker website and they dont have anything like that
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you shouldnt have any issues.several people use them on the street.

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I haven't had my front Aussie Locker long but it seems to cause zero issues in 2WD other than the mild clicking that you get from this type of locker when turning.

I'm waiting to see if there are any steering problems with the locker in 4WD on ice or snow covered pavement. That has been sited by others as a problem area for front lockers.
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do u think the lock right would be ok in my truck? i would sacrifice a little noise if it meant a better locker
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do u think the lock right would be ok in my truck? i would sacrifice a little noise if it meant a better locker
I believe that the No-Slip and the Aussie are both newer designs than the Lock-Right. I'd be willing to bet that you can't tell any performance difference between any of the 3 front lockers. However, the Aussie and the No-slip are supposed to be quieter on the street.
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