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Lockers / LS (1 more time)

I'm a new ranger guy I did some research and it seems people are on all different sides on this one.

What would you recommend for my setup?

8.8 28-spine Open 4.10 (2wd)

Purpose of the ranger, DD and fun off-road pre-runner (jumping, whoops, pinned all over, not crawling)
Winter vehicle

Lock-Right?
Swap in a 8.8 31-spine with factory LSD?
Detroit-lock?
Other?

With the lock-right is it just the clicking noise that will be a issue? I really don't care about a clicking sound unless it's going to wear something more.
Does the engagement smooth vs. non really matter?
Will it actually be worst in the snow? (rear end kicking out easier)

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8.8 with the LSD. Cheapest and best for what you want.

But I hope your not gonna jump whoops with a stock ranger.
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Silly questions.

Best place to find a used axle? The yard or C-list?
Explore axles work too right?
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Yes yard or craigslist.

And an explorer axle will work but will not be bolt it. It will require welding.
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I wouldn't mess with an Expo axle if you have little or mechanical experience.
another Ranger axle WILL bolt right in. there is probably a how-to guide out there. or someone could do a quick write up if you needed it.
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I have very good mechanical experience, I'm not your standard 1 post lets make 560whp with a turbo and the stock motor can handle it cause I upgraded the muffler bearings. It only requires a resistor here and there to have it tuned right. (sarcasm)

anyways, i can handle the explorer axle but nothing is as nice as bolt n go.
If the explorer axle is easier for me to get I may go that route but it's plan B.
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The explorer axle route is a good one... especially with a working l/s Trak-Lok.

Other than that I'd say stay with a l/s of some sort, as winter driving with a automatic locker can be dangerous driving for people who don't know how to drive with a locker in the rear....

Yes they can kick out if you are not careful in the snow/ice. If you are careful it is not a big deal.

The No-Slip is markedly smoother.

But the Lock-Rite is priced right, and the extra ratcheting noise is barely audible or noticeable.

Both won't wear anything out faster or worse (that is of course if you stay away from the temptation to do burnouts and brodies everywhere you go....trust me...it is hard to resist.
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I have very good mechanical experience, I'm not your standard 1 post lets make 560whp with a turbo and the stock motor can handle it cause I upgraded the muffler bearings. It only requires a resistor here and there to have it tuned right. (sarcasm)

anyways, i can handle the explorer axle but nothing is as nice as bolt n go.
If the explorer axle is easier for me to get I may go that route but it's plan B.
Well thats good to know.
Expo axles are a great replacement cause they're Disc brakes. a lot of guys actually prefer the expo springs too. I have a set in my truck, gives a slight bit lift. and has an extra sping.
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I may have a 8.8 axle with the lsd but the axle tag isn't showing anything infront of the 10. Any other visual ways I can tell this craiglist guy to look for to find out if it has the LSD? I know its a 4.10 8.8 out of a 03 fx4
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