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Old 06-17-2008
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who what when and how much?

I have a 2000 xlt 2.5 reg cab. 2 wheel drive I need a axle for the pass. side. where should i begin to look? what would be a fair price for a used one? what yrs are compatable. I think i have a open 7.5 whit a 3.73 thats about all i know it.ANY info will be a great help
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If that's the only problem you have then you can get a passengerside shaft (the driverside is a different length) from ANY 93-08 ranger 28-spline 7.5 or 8.8 rear axle. The ONLY axle that WILL NOT work is the rare FX4 level 2 31-spline 8.8 axle.

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28-spline 7.5 or 8.8 passengerside axleshaft from 93-08.

If you were closer I'd pull the one out of the 7.5 sittin in the back of my yard and give it to you, but it is a really easy part to find in a junkyard. Is yours bent? If you grab one from a yard just try and check that it's straight and also check the end surface near the flange that the wheelbearing and seal ride to be sure it doesn't have any deep grooves or bad wear spots. If you can snag your fingernail on a groove in that machined surface then you should probably pass up the shaft and grab another one.
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Old 06-23-2008
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How much is ur time worth (ship ups)
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Are you sure it's just the axleshaft that bent and not the axle tube also?

As for locating the part closer to you I would suggest asking in the wanted to buy section here and at www.therangerstation.com I know there are quite a lot of members in that area, some of which have these axles just sitting in piles in their yards. You may find out you have a neighbor with one lieing around. The axle I have already had 251,000 miles when I pulled it so I don't know the condition of the shafts in it, but I assume they have at least a little wear on them with the mileage so if you can find one local with less wear I would suggest going that route. Like I said, it's a VERY common shaft that almost EVERY ranger axle from 93 to now uses.
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Old 06-24-2008
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Other than bringing the wheel/rim to the local tire shop and spining it on the balance mach. I have no idea how to check any further. I 'm not sure other than a visiual inspection how to check the tube. There is a junk yard next to my work, it has several rangers that drowned during a certan hurricane (will not say the name cause im tired of hearing the name). Will the possible introduction of salt water into the rear end harm the axle?Thanks for the help!!
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Water is the enemy of all metal...add salt and its worse...if you was closer i would give me my whole old 7.5 with 3.73s really cheap...i upgraded to a 8.8 with 4.10s and limited slip but im in north mississippi
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To check the axle tube grab a straight edge and place it on the axle tube in different spots and check that the tube is not bent. As for water you would need to pull the cover before taking posession of the axle and really look it over inside for ANY signs of rust or corrosion. If the carrier is completly rust free and still has relatively normal gear oil coating it then I would offer them 50 dollars for it and then replace all the brake parts (includeing the wheel cylinders and hard lines) and I would say to pull both axleshafts and look at the bearings and the surfaces on the shafts and make sure they are not rusty or worn and then put in new axle seals. You could also find an axle with 4.10s to swap to if you are running a tire thats around 28" to 30" to get better power and mileage. If you can do the work yourself and get the axle for 50 bucks you can probably make it away with all the parts needed for under 100 bucks as long as the axleshafts and bearings are good when you get them out. But this would still cost more than getting a shaft for free or cheap from someone local to you...
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