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Rear Axle swap.

Maybe I didn't search good enough?

I was wonderin'. Can I use a 4x4 Ranger Axle as long as years don't conflict? IE, 98-99, etc? I'm not really sure when the cut off is as far as the donors go. Or can I only use an Explorer one? I'm lookin' for LS, 4.10. I just need to know what to look for when I go scrounging for one.

Also. Does it matter what gear my rear axle is, or can I totally just drop mine and put in the new one with new gears? Thanks!
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pretty much 1980's-08 will swap just fine...

for that gear and L/S ratio most 4x4 4.0L 01+ have those.. thats your best bet
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is your truck 2 or 4wd?

if its 4wd then you will need the same gear ratio as the front.

if your looking for a easy upgrade then i would try to find a 8.8 out of a newer edge or 4x4.
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is your truck 2 or 4wd?

if its 4wd then you will need the same gear ratio as the front.

if your looking for a easy upgrade then i would try to find a 8.8 out of a newer edge or 4x4.
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he doesnt have to worry about the front... atleast not yet if he does a conversion then ya
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if I were you, I would grab me an axle out of a '01+ Ranger 4x4 4.0 like Stone said......they usually come with a 4.10 gear ratio....

follow this guide to find the gear ratio you want.......all you have to do is look at the "Safety Certification" sticker on the drivers door to find the code....
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=37149
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if I were you, I would grab me an axle out of a '01+ Ranger 4x4 4.0 like Stone said......they usually come with a 4.10 gear ratio....

follow this guide to find the gear ratio you want.......all you have to do is look at the "Safety Certification" sticker on the drivers door to find the code....
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=37149
Thanks dude. Now the hard part... Lookin' for a rear out of an 01.

Is an Explorer rear not an option? If so, what would you recommend?
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he doesnt have to worry about the front... atleast not yet if he does a conversion then ya
nowhere in his first post does it say anything about his truck specs so sorry Mr almighty band width waster didn't mean to give useless information.
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an Explorer axle is an option, BUT you will need some fab skills/tools to do it....there is some welding involved and some brake line issues that needs to be resolved with the Explorer axle...
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theres a yard in clare that has one for 350
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I searched earlier for Explorer Axles. What would the exact wording be to search for the 01 Axle? It's not just "Axle FWD" is it?

Thanks again, fellas.
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are you searching for a ranger or explorer axle.
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i put an explorer axle under my truck and I'm so glad I did.
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I have 4.10 gears and stock Ranger l/s for sale. Why are you looking for a whole axle when it sounds like you only want the gears and L/S?
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he has a 7.5, i think he wants a 8.8
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he has a 7.5, i think he wants a 8.8

Ahhh, my bad. I do have the whole stock axle, but you would need to reinstall the gears and L/S. Also, I had to cut off the shock mounts, so those will need to be replaced. If you buy the gears and L/S, you can have everything else free, but we would need to talk about pick-up.

On another note, I just did a Explorer Axle swap. Wasnt that had as long as you know how to weld or know somebody that does.

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I just picked up an 8.8 with 4.10s at a JY for $300. Ill be installing it this weekend and will let you know how it goes.
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Thanks guys. I may pick that one up in Clare. Sounds like a deal.
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any RANGER axle from 93 to now will be a bolt in swap for you. Older than 93 and they are narrower.
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