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Rear Axle Swap

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I found out my Ranger has a 3.08 open rear diff. Now since I plan to lift and put on bigger tries that just wont do. The truck is a 96 so I am planning to just swap the axle. Will only swap in an 8.8 and if I can ****** one with a LSD in it.

So I have a few questions.

Can I swap any year of axle under my truck? From what I have searched I should be able to.

How would you rate or say the quality or effectiveness of the LSD is? When i bought my truck I know it had the 8.8 but not the garbage gear ratio and I was going to put in the Power-Trax no slip system. How would you compare the two? I know they are two totally difrent systems but as far as the for LSD getting the power to the ground what have your experiences been?

Also I should add I plan on installing a 4.10 as I want to put 33's on my truck.

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Hey guys,

I found out my Ranger has a 3.08 open rear diff. Now since I plan to lift and put on bigger tries that just wont do. The truck is a 96 so I am planning to just swap the axle. Will only swap in an 8.8 and if I can ****** one with a LSD in it.

So I have a few questions.

Can I swap any year of axle under my truck? From what I have searched I should be able to.

How would you rate or say the quality or effectiveness of the LSD is? When i bought my truck I know it had the 8.8 but not the garbage gear ratio and I was going to put in the Power-Trax no slip system. How would you compare the two? I know they are two totally difrent systems but as far as the for LSD getting the power to the ground what have your experiences been?

Also I should add I plan on installing a 4.10 as I want to put 33's on my truck.


What motor do you have?

I know with my 4.0 sohc, 4.10's, manual tranny and 33's it was ok. Could've been better, and if you are going to be doing front and rear or if I had an auto; id probably go ahead an do 4.56's.

I just went through your threads and see its a 2wd and 4.0 ohv and if you can get lucky enough to find a 8.8 with 4.10's and factory lsd in good condition and good price, id probably stick with that. Worse comes to worse if you don't like it, you can always go up or if you have an auto you might want a little more gear than 4.10.

That would probably be your cheapest and best route if you can find one in good shape and good price though.

As far as the factory lsd, mine worked pretty well all things considered and I could def tell when it would kick in. Like alot of them, the stock ranger lsd's are clutch pack driven so they will eventually wear out and lose their effectiveness after enough time. But for what its worth, I owned mine from 50,000 miles to 90,000 miles, mostly with 32's and 33's, and mine was pretty good for just a factory setup and was pretty predictable.
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