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Trac Loc on a 2.3???

Would it be beneficial at all to put one on my truck? I mean the thing only has about 90hp. Would turning both wheels put even more of a strain on the already unbelievably sad engine and make it even slower? Also, for those that don't know, I'm lowered, but I would like to have a little bit of extra push for when it starts getting muddy around here ( and for when I decide to play in a muddy field by myself). I dropped my daughter off at school today and almost got stuck in the field b/c it's been raining for the past 2 days. Had all the other parents watching me.

One more thing, how hard of an install is this? Any ideas of about how long it would take to do?

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do limited slip instead. you'll feel better when you break 'em loose. and you'll do better in the rain than with trac-loc (posi is a chebby term!!! hehe). add some power boosters like intake, exhaust, bamachip, throttle cable, electro fan, etc. etc. shouldnt cost much more than $1000 for EVERYTHING and your power will be ALOT better than 90. mayber like 92 or something! lol. seriously, do the basic mods to help out. if it aint enough, turbo or nitrous.

or just lift it and put some all terrains on it.
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If I need to put $1k worth of things into it I might as well do a V8 swap. I know posi is chevy. I tried to go back and change it before anyone caught me. lol I was under the impression that trac lock and ltd slips are the same. Is that not true?
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That is not true. At least as far as I understand it. An LS is just that, a differential that slips a little as needed. A trac lock is an automatic locker, meaning the diff locks up as needed. I would agree that an LS would be more apropriate for road use..
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Traction Loc is Ford's trade name for limited slip, just like PosiTraction is for GM. It is a clutched limited slip, not a locker.

A Traction Loc doesn't affect the truck when traveling straight ahead, so it won't sap the power of a 2.3L. IMO, it is a good addition to any pickup that will see poor traction situations.
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dont both a locker and limited slip do the same thing tho? noob to transmision so i duno
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dont both a locker and limited slip do the same thing tho? noob to transmision so i duno
They are trying to do the same thing but in a different way.

An open differential allows unlimited speed differential between the tires on an axle. This allows the vehicle to turn smoothly but it also means that if you completely lose traction on either side, you are stopped.

A limited slip is exactly that. It uses a clutch or other frictional means to limit the amount of speed differential allowed between the left and right tire. You can still corner easily but chances of being stuck are reduced.

A locker uses a mechanical means to lock the differential under certain conditions so that the tires travel exactly the same speed. Lockers are usually noisier than limited slip while turning.

Limited slip is the better option for a vehicle that primarily sees street use. A locker provides better performance in challenging off-road conditions.

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Doh.. What was I thinking? No-slip?! Isn't there similar product w/ a name similar to 'trac-loc'??

Edit: Found it.. I was thinking of the Powertrax Lock Right.. Ignore me!
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Detroit Locker AKA NoSpin, Lock Right, ARB Air Locker, EZ Locker are all lockers.

I believe that a Trac-Lok is a Dana LS and a Traction-Loc is a Ford LS.
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I have a 3.73 limited slip in my 4cyl right now
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ok. So what about the LS out of a Cobra, 28 spline? Is that what I need? I found some on ebay starting at $20 & $12 for s/h. Is there anything else I'm gonna need to do this install?
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do you have a 8.8 or a 7.5" rear end?

a 28" spline mustang rear is a 8.8

You most likely have the 7.5
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do you have a 8.8 or a 7.5" rear end?

a 28" spline mustang rear is a 8.8

You most likely have the 7.5
ranger 7.5 and 8.8 are 28 spline except the 2002 FX4 offroad & 2003+ FX4 level II have there 8.8 is a 31 spline
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ranger 7.5 and 8.8 are 28 spline except the 2002 FX4 offroad & 2003+ FX4 level II have there 8.8 is a 31 spline
Obviously, he doesnt know what he has, because he just said 28" spline. And no one cares what you have, its what hes trying to get for his truck.
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^^^^^^lol
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Obviously, he doesnt know what he has, because he just said 28" spline. And no one cares what you have, its what hes trying to get for his truck.
I was trying to put helpful info LEO I didnt say one damn thing about MY truck in that post dork...
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I didn't say 28" spline. I'm not that dumb. I said 28 spline. I was under the impression that it was an 8.8 rear. I know it has the 3.73 gears. Is there a standard or maybe a code for the 94's to tell me which rear I have or do I need to go measure?
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it has 3.73's, most likely a 7.5 in a 4cyl..
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BTW here is a snap of a 7.5 COVER


and here is a 8.8 COVER
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I didn't say 28" spline. I'm not that dumb. I said 28 spline. I was under the impression that it was an 8.8 rear. I know it has the 3.73 gears. Is there a standard or maybe a code for the 94's to tell me which rear I have or do I need to go measure?
Axle ID info here:

http://www.rangerpowersports.com/tec...axlegear.shtml
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ok. I have the 7.5 rear :( Guess I'll look for those auctions now. How hard of a swap is it?
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Not really that hard, if you know what your doing.
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EDIT: deleted so no one else tries to take it..

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Yeah. It's already in my watched items. lol
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