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but according to Bob, "conventional" use is "lifetime."
From the Scheduled Maintenance Guide that came in the 2003 owner's manual packet:
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....light duty trucks equipped with Ford-design axles are lubricated for life. These lubricants are not to be checked or changed unless a leak is suspected, service is required or the axle assembly has been submerged in water.
The phrase "lubricated for life" makes me a little uneasy. It sounds like it translates to this - however long your axle fluid retains its lubricant properties is how long your axle will "live". If I still have my truck at 100K, it sure as hell won't have the factory fill of rear axle lubricant.
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I think with a clutch or cone type limited slip, the "wear off" material, particularly in the clutch type, would contaminate the oil. If you drive your truck hard it might be wise to change it more often. However, clutch type limited slips may also require friction modifier. I have Amsoil synthetic and friction modifier in the ECTED. I will probably change it out in 30K to 50K to keep the oil "pure".
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what did ya search on ebay? i cannot find any...
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what did ya search on ebay? i cannot find any...
I looked yesterday and couldn't find any either. A while back, there were a bunch.
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i found one, its all mine :-D
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He probably won't tell you until the auction ends, which is what I would probably do. I lost an auction on a Ranger part to another R-F member, but only because I was too dumb to call dibs on it. When the other member realized he outbid me, he even apologized! Its ok, I decided I don't want a Taurus grille anyway.

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ill post a link for it in a few, i cant buy anything else right now...i just bout another lift for my truck...
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I too am interested in finding one....if your ebay username is different than your RF one please post so we don't bid against each other.
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i messaged ranger02 4x4 since he asked first and i thought it would be farest.
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First one was his.....but would be a big help if you let us all know where you found it or what you searched for on ebay.....i have done some looking but i haven't been able to find one yet....


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LOL the on set i didn't use..... always the simplest that works i guess......thanks John
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I was curious so I looked up new cost. $139, msrp $189. Ebay rules on this one.
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best part is I got mine for free.. somebody I know bought an explorer rear end just for the differential, the cover was gonna go in the garbage!
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I see them on ebay infrequently...so if you're looking just keep looking til you're ready to buy and most likely there will be one. Also keep in mind you don't necessarily have to get the "Explorer" one. You can get a nice all aluminum "axle girdle" from Steeda or Saleen or any other number of speed shops...increases fluid capacity, has drain/fill holes etc. They cost a lot more tho so I wonder if there is a significant structural difference...(anyone want to weigh in on that) You just don't have the "fins" on it to assist with cooling.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Ford-...spagenameZWDVW

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And costs a LOT more!

You can't use the fill hole on the Explorer cover. It's too low down. Rangers need high fluid levels to go down the axles and "nourish" the axle bearings. So the fill port is useless on the explorer cover -- however the drain port is nice.

You need a 3/4" drive ratchet or breaker to take the drain plug out, or suitable homemade tool -- but it sure beats taking the whole cover off!
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I like them. I would cut the fins off personally tho. But i really like them.
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i like them too, we have 5 in the mail to modify and sell on the site!!
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can these *****es be powder coated?
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can these *****es be powder coated?
I wouldn't powdercoat the mounting face, but otherwise I can't see why not.
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assuming i can find an oven, ill probably be offering powdercoat as an option, but obviously not on the mounting flange or the inside
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I'm sure they'll be nice however you end up doing it! That's pretty cool that you'll be selling some almost as a "commodity item".

I just don't care enough about the looks to buy one modified, though. I like mine just like it is.
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im worried though john, they wont be so readily available any more, so it may be a limited edition run
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I bought one from this guy. Just got it a few days ago, came with the bolts.
http://cgi.ebay.com/FORD-ALUMINUM-8-8-REAR-END-COVER
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