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limited Slip ???

where is a good cheap place to get a limited slip rear end i am tired of my open diff...???
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so how do i know what my axle is all the door says is 97
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Just buy a l/s and re use your axle.

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but what limted slip do i need or are they all the same ??
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but what limted slip do i need or are they all the same ??
7.5 rear or 8.8
if its the 8.8 you should have 28 spline axles
you can get a factory/ford racing L/S for 200-250...
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how would i know what it is
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You otta consider getting a lunchbox locker instead.
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what is that ?
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I'm almost postive that my door code was also 97. I cant remember though....if so then you have a 4.10 8.8 because thats what i had in my 04 Edge 4x4 4.0 L.
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A lunchbox locker is like a powertrax no-slip or aussie locker. I bought my powertrax for like $400 give or take and it was the best investment i ever put into the ranger. Having both rear wheels locked while off roading is amazing!
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Is your axle tag intact on the axle itself? Metal tag under a cover bolt.

Read it and use the sticky in the drivetrain section to decode the numbers to find out what you really have under there. Door codes are ambiguous or plain wrong sometimes.

When you say cheap, what do you mean? A really good LS costs nearly what a locker costs.

A "lunchbox" locker is like the PowerTrax Lockright (or their NoSlip locker), the Aussie Locker etc. It replaces the spider gears in your existing differential. It's a "streetable" automatic locker that most folks can install themselves. You don't need a micrometer and a precision low-range torque wrench to put it in. Just normal hand-tools.

On the street it is a little harder to drive. You have to be aware if you're going to apply lots of power in a turn -- but that's true of a limited slip also.

Junkyard limited slips are a bargain, but you generally need to rebuild them. Few folks actually do the clutch maintenance over time.

What kind of driving are you going to be doing, Tanner?
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if your complaing of an open diff cause of off road traction issues a L/S isent gona help you. your gona need a locker.. L/S's are only good for the street..

but if a L/S is what you want here is the one you will need for a 97 axle code.. http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku

and here is the locker..
http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku

id recomend getting the locker from the rangerstation its cheaper.. and get a no slip not a lock right, i put that up there so you can do some investigation on your own..

axle code 97 is an 8.8 open with 4.10's... <-- read sticky :)

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i just want more traction on the dry payment an off road but i will be driven more on road than off it is my daily driver
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Is your axle tag intact on the axle itself? Metal tag under a cover bolt.

Read it and use the sticky in the drivetrain section to decode the numbers to find out what you really have under there. Door codes are ambiguous or plain wrong sometimes.

When you say cheap, what do you mean? A really good LS costs nearly what a locker costs.

A "lunchbox" locker is like the PowerTrax Lockright (or their NoSlip locker), the Aussie Locker etc. It replaces the spider gears in your existing differential. It's a "streetable" automatic locker that most folks can install themselves. You don't need a micrometer and a precision low-range torque wrench to put it in. Just normal hand-tools.

On the street it is a little harder to drive. You have to be aware if you're going to apply lots of power in a turn -- but that's true of a limited slip also.

Junkyard limited slips are a bargain, but you generally need to rebuild them. Few folks actually do the clutch maintenance over time.

What kind of driving are you going to be doing, Tanner?
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i would recomend a L/S then.. but if you do go off road and get one tire hung up its going to spin just like an open diff.. just letting you know.
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L/S is pretty good in dirt or sand -- better than a locker in sand particularly since it doesn't tend to take away as much ability to turn.

The high buck solution is a selectable locker like I have in the rear of my truck.
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