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is limited slip common

OK so I have a 99 Ford Ranger with the 4.0 and I have fell in love with the truck! The other day I was backing into my friends side drive way and you have to drive over the side walk when my front tires hit I spun the back tires a little and I noticed that there was 2 marks (like limited slip) but I didn't think they came stock with limited slip?? I didn't buy the truck new so I'm not sure if someone did this before I bought the truck or if it is something that is stock?
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Depending on the trim level of your truck, it was an available option on higer trim levels but not available on base models.

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OK its a xlt but what i cant figure out is when i look up the Vin number it says its a extended cab 2 door but its the 4 door but it is the xlt! O and its a 4.0 ohv 2wd!
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Or the tag on the Diff Cover.
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what you mean the tag on the diff cover ?? will that tell me if it is or not?
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The small doors are not "legally" considered doors... They are extensions to the other doors..( at least that's how my insurance idiot explained it).. It is a 2 door.

If it was like the sporttrack and actually had handles etc...they would be written up as 4 doors..

I know sounds weird.. but the world has to catch up to the technology.
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OK but the Vin reader on this site says there is a 4 door ? or is that more than just the ranger Vin codes?
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on the drivers door theres a sticker. under "Axle" will be a code. if it a R in front of a number, its LS. if theres 2 numbers its an open.
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what you mean the tag on the diff cover ?? will that tell me if it is or not?
There is a tag on one of the Dff covr Bolts, it has all of the info on what is there, IF it is OEM.

I will have to look at mine but it tells me it is an 8.8, L/S, with 4.10 gears.
Your's, if there will do the same.
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It's probably NOT but the axle code is on the sticker in the door jamb. For example, mine is 97 which means its an open 4.10 8.8
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OK I looked at the door code and it says its a 95 but I have spun the tires in dirt and on the pavement and still getting 2 tracks like it was limited slip and I have never seen a open rear end do that !
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Sometimes, an open diff. will spin both tires. Mine does it at times, and it's even done it when I've done burnouts. The second I run the truck through mud and come close to getting stuck, though, it only spins one tire. :-/
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Sometimes, an open diff. will spin both tires. Mine does it at times, and it's even done it when I've done burnouts. The second I run the truck through mud and come close to getting stuck, though, it only spins one tire. :-/
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not even all the 4x4 off-road packages came with one. my first truck (red one in avatar) had a LS from factory and the green pos i bought had an open diff. New truck has an open diff but it wont for too long lol
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Sometimes, an open diff. will spin both tires. Mine does it at times, and it's even done it when I've done burnouts. The second I run the truck through mud and come close to getting stuck, though, it only spins one tire. :-/
x3. My truck is a 2wd and if I drop the clutch on pavement i get two wheels burnin.
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wow well OK i have never had any of my older cars do that if it was an open diff i could never get both tires to spin even when i was trying lol.
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i have an auto, with an open diff... I have the one wheel peel all day long in D. Put it into R, and both always grab... figure that one out.
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Mine came stock with a 3.73 Limited slip.
but i've since swapped in a 4.10 open. If you take a corner quick enough and tight enough, one will slip real slight.
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