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junkyard alum driveshaft?

I got the idea awhile back to modify something I have laying around (work at a "race car" shop) and we have two ford aluminum driveshafts.

I didn't know if someone made a drop in for a 2002 edge shortbed but I figured I could get a mustang one lengthened (stock length is 45" c/c) or the easier route might be to have a Mark VIII shortened (stock length is 58"). I measured mine and it is 54" center to center so either way its going to a driveshaft shop here in marietta to get one modified and balanced.

I would imagine the yoke ends on both are the same since the mustang is for a t5/c4/AOD and an 8.8/7.5 and the Mark is for a 4r70w and an 8.8.

Just wanted to see if anyone else had done this and what they would recommend . . .
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you can get an aluminum driveshaft off a wrecked Ranger and it would bolt in.......ONLY if the truck it comes off of is IDENTICAL to the truck it is going on.....for instance, a ext cab 4x4 aluminum driveshaft would fit another ext cab 4x4.......2wd regular cab to 2wd reglar cab will fit.....

Ford made aluminum driveshafts starting in '03 i believe......they wasn't on all the Rangers, but they are easy to find in a junk yard....
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Ford made aluminum driveshafts starting in '03 i believe......they wasn't on all the Rangers, but they are easy to find in a junk yard....
Would mine be aluminum?
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go look at it, is it shiney or rusty?
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Would mine be aluminum?
go look....if yours is a dull silver color, then it is aluminum, if it isn't, then you have a steel driveshaft...
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you can get an aluminum driveshaft off a wrecked Ranger and it would bolt in.......ONLY if the truck it comes off of is IDENTICAL to the truck it is going on.....for instance, a ext cab 4x4 aluminum driveshaft would fit another ext cab 4x4.......2wd regular cab to 2wd reglar cab will fit..
That would be the hardest thing. There aren't many junk 2002 rangers around here . . .

I can get a Mark VIII one for $50 locally and maybe $100-150 or so to get shortened and balanced.
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i have one sitting in my garage i got from a 98 mazda excab 2x
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i cant find anything about his truck being a reg cab or an ex cab so who knows.
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So are you saying if I found an 03 4x4 ext. cab ranger with an alum. driveshaft it would fit up to mine? Wouldnt that give a heck of a lot better throttle response? I know it would look 10xxx better thats for sure
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Ford made aluminum driveshafts starting in '03 i believe......they wasn't on all the Rangers, but they are easy to find in a junk yard....
my 99 is aluminum...its prob the 98 ext cabs that it started with if yours is steel
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my 01 is aluminum
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aluminum shafts are weak
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