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2wd drive offroading, do you carry sand bags?

I'm going to be offroading a lot come summer (hopefully). I got stuck before because there's just no weight on the rear and the stupid rear end, once one wheel is stuck and spinning theres no hope for the other wheel. What kind of differential is that?
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2wd and mud don't mix well. I would suggest you buy a copy of offroading for dummies. Then get a locker and get it installed...That's kinda important. Then get some 35"+ TSL'S or Boggers. Don't forget a winch and an anchor.
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You have a open diff stock. I would get a locker, some nice 33" mud tires, winch and then someone that can pull you out
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What models would have the locker diff? There's a lot of trucks and broncos at the junkyard. How would i tell? Any markings on the differential?

I'm on my way to bigger tires, just lifted it and got 15s.
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I off roaded in my 2wd I got LS I had fun

It was fun as long as you got another vehicle to help when you get stupid and stuck youll be fine
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None had lockers stock, just limited slips. It varied which ones had it too
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If you are going to get tires bigger then 33's, you will go threw ball joints and tie rod ends like mad. The stock front end on the ranger is not made to take that much more weight. I suggest going to a scrap yard and getting a Explorer front end and swapping it in. This way you can run 35's with no worry's. The only difference between the rear ends in the rangers and the explorers is that the Ranger has drum breaks and the Explorer has disc. Also you might want to look at getting a truck with 4x4. It will make your off road adventures much more fun.

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STL all he really has in jersey is soft azz sand and mud. You have it much better than us out in Missouri.

Chris don't get a junk yard axel. The l/s will prolly be worn out if you are really going to wheel your 2x get a real locker you will be much better off.
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None had lockers stock, just limited slips. It varied which ones had it too
Well, Google failed me, i did learn i can just throw a locker in my current dif, but no links to where I can get one.

I will have some buddies with jeeps so no problems with getting stuck. I'm just looking to trail ride, no extreme mudding. Ya know like just drive the dirt roads of the pine barrens.
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If you are going to get tires bigger then 33's, you will go threw ball joints and tie rod ends like mad. The stock front end on the ranger is not made to take that much more weight. I suggest going to a scrap yard and getting a Explorer front end and swapping it in. This way you can run 35's with no worry's. The only difference between the rear ends in the rangers and the explorers is that the Ranger has drum breaks and the Explorer has disc. Also you might want to look at getting a truck with 4x4. It will make your off road adventures much more fun.

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Um what does a expo front end have that ranger doesn't?
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Well, Google failed me, i did learn i can just throw a locker in my current dif, but no links to where I can get one.
Do you know if you have a 7.5 or 8.8 rear axle? It will be on the axle itself and on your door tag sticker
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Um what does a expo front end have that ranger doesn't?
nothing unless its a early explorer with the disconnect on the passenger axle... which isnt a good thing...
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Do you know if you have a 7.5 or 8.8 rear axle? It will be on the axle itself and on your door tag sticker
I would guess a 7.5, and I guess that will mean i'm screwed and probably need an axle swap right?
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No they make lockers for 7.5 axles, what size tire do you plan on running?
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Probably nothing bigger then a 33 since anything bigger is out of my budget. If I could find used tires then I would go to whatever size I could get.
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anything larger then 32's on a 7.5 isnt a smart idea...I found that out the hard way


Snaped center pin.. lost driver shaft on the road... I am not the first or last to distroy a 7.5 i think it was all those years with 32's and steelies did it in...
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I offroad alot in my 2wd. I never use sandbags or anything else in the bed. I wouldnt try offroading with out atleast l/s and a good set of mud terrians. Then use your head when offroading and bring along a tow strap and a 4x4 and have fun.

Stone I also destroyed a 7.5, sorry excuse for a rear end.
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Damn, well that changed my mind.
Well, 31s then. I've got 235s on 15s right now
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hah...i just realized im like 5min from your town lol
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2wd and mud don't mix well. I would suggest you buy a copy of offroading for dummies. Then get a locker and get it installed...That's kinda important. Then get some 35"+ TSL'S or Boggers. Don't forget a winch and an anchor.
are you serious? lol this whole post is hilarious
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are you serious? lol this whole post is hilarious

2wd and mud don't mix well.........Well they don't!

I would suggest you buy a copy of offroading for dummies..........Couldn't hurt!

Then get a locker and get it installed...That's kinda important.........I mean he is one wheel drive!



Then get some 35"+ TSL'S or Boggers........Should have gone 38's or better His bed doesn't match the rest the truck anyway so he saves some money on a paint job and gets some mud tires!

Don't forget a winch and an anchor.........I guess a boat anchor would work. You need to pull yourself out when other are to busy busting your *****!





Other than that I wuz jest trying ta B helpfull
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i have posi and 31 km2 and i mudd all the time in the florida mudd. amazaing only wheni do something stupid is when i get stuck.
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I work like 1 minute from you. I work at westmont hardware.

Okay, but seriously. the most I'll be doing is dirt road trails, nothing fancy. I don't need anything extreme, most of the dirt roads are fairly packed down except for the morons who dug ditches in the roads to ruin it for people who just want to enjoy the pine barrens and not rip it up.
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I will be the first one to say it.

Search, there are ALOT of people who wheel here with 2wd.


What size motor do you have in it?
We need some specs.

Your best bet is to find an 4.10 geared, 28 spline 8.8 OPEN rear axel from a ranger with a 4.0 in it. I say open, because it is the easiest way to throw a locker in the rear.
It is literally bolt in and go.
Now that you have some strength in the rear end, get some 31's, or do a body lift and get some 33's. Mud tires for sure.

Get a tow strap, and recovery points front and rear if you do not already have them. Make sure it is a "Tug" strap, or Recovery strap, not chain, never use chain to ****** somone, or yourself out of a hole.

Now go have some fun, and don't blame me once you get the itch.
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travel with a buddy that has 4x4 and a winch
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