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Old 02-20-2007
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Immediate opinions needed!!

The 7.5" L/S in my truck went, the gearing, bearings & L/S units.

I got a rebuild quote from my step-dad, with discount $1300 . . .

I can get a wrote off 96' Ranger 4x4 w/ 8.8" 3.73 L/S for $800, it has 280,000Km (less than my truck), would it be cheaper or easier to take my chance with buying this parts and swap axles truck than get the little 7.5" rebuilt?

I plan to maybe do a V8 swap or convert the 4x4 over in the next while, PLEASE guys, give me your honest opinion, I need to get this solved this week.
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I would get an 8.8 from a ranger in a wrecking yard for $250- $350. If you can do a Little work (welding) I would opt for one out of an explorer (l/s and disc brakes)
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sorry, you are talking about the whole truck for $800. I was confused.
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$1300, wtf? It will just happen again.
Buy a used 8.8" from a junkyard ranger and bolt it right up.
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Oh and don't waste your time converting to 4x4. If you want 4x4 just buy a 4x4 truck. What's wrong with the other ranger for $800? You could always buy that truck and use your current truck as a parts truck if you wanted 4x4.
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I definitely wouldn't dump that kind of money into a 7.5 diff and I wouldn't even consider a used 8.8 with 280,000 Km. Go find a good, low miles 8.8 L/S instead.
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Thanks guys, yeah we have little to NO Rangers around here wrecked. The $800 Ranger is a full 1996 but it was rolled and totalled off.

I'll try to keep looking, but with my mom not wanting to go any route but loan me the $1300 on my ****ty axle the Ranger may be parked for a few months . . . why can't women understand the advantages of upgrading?
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For 1300 you could buy an 8.8 and have it shipped from just about anywhere... Probably with new bearings lol.
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yeah would she really even need to know where her money is going ? just say you found a better option that will cost less.

heck i sold my 8.8 LS for 150 with only 80k miles on it.

for 1300 i could have one sweet 31 spline 8.8, lol
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ebay would be your friend here....you can find almost new 8.8's on there for around $300.......

and if you or your step-dad has welding experience, then get an Explorer 8.8 and put it in....it is stronger and has better brakes.....
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Well I'm ****ed, she doesn't think I know jack about this stuff so she's paying my step dad (mechanic) who obviously isn't that bright either for letting her spend $1300 on a ****ty axle with 320,000KM.

Here is a site of axles I wanted but obviously I'm a dumbass teenager who just thinks of his own person advantage, **** I hate parents.

SALVAGE LINK

I wanted the 10,000K one, 31 spline, 8.8", 4.10 gearing, out of an 05' FX4 for $900 . . . and we rebuild the 7.5" with 3.73s . . . wow I'm going to kill something, I'm pissed right off.
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Dude, I got a 8.8 4.10LS from a 2000somthin for 200!!! In the U.S.
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