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You are also going to need to do some welding if you want the disks and the exploder 8.8

If you find a newer Ranger 8.8, or one with low miles, that has a limited slip in it, just go with that. But if it is an older one with higher miles, then the L/S is normally worn out. Most of the times it is just because of daily driving. My truck has about 90,000 miles on it, and my L/S is worn right out. Mind you I am pretty hard on my truck.

If you are going to go with an Exploder, all you need to do is find one with an open carrier. Nice thing with you, is when you do re-gear, you only need to do one axel, not 2 like us 4x4 guys.
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if you keep your momentum up and your foot on the throttle then your fine and try to stop on some hard sand or something....
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Anybody know what the sand is like on the lower delaware coast and down into maryland/virginia/the carolinas? That'll be primarily where I'm hoping to fish.

If it's not too much of a thread detour, anybody have a good idea on a fair price for a used 8.8 with brakes? I've always hated drum brakes so if I was thinking of maybe swapping to the explorer 8.8 w/ discs if I can find one. Finding an open diff 8.8 explorer rear w/ discs that I can put a manually selectable locker into is gonna be a bit of a quest I think...
My Uncle's 100% stock Z71 Tahoe never got stuck out on the outerbanks.
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I've been on OBX and Ft. Fisher with my truck. I know I have 4wd, but the truck was stock back then and on really narrow tires. I still didn't have a problem, just gotta keep moving in the soft stuff.
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Welding the new perches shouldn't be too bad, I've got access to experienced welding friends. I can live with drums brakes, just figured I would get exactly what I want if I'm gonna go all out and put in a locker too. I was hoping to build up the axle(regear, install locker, etc) before I put it on the truck since it's a daily driver(hence no desire for a lunchbox locker) and then do the axle swap during the weekend and have everything all done before the work week starts. This will probably be a project that gets finally put on my truck over the winter but if I can get a jump start on the buildup before then that will be great.

Also, thanks for the input on the beaches! Sounds like I would probably be ok with an ls setup on the beaches I'll be at but a locker couldn't hurt.
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You'll be fine, I ride pismo all the time and never get stuck 2WD with my tires aired down.
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Ok, so I just did a bit more research... Looks like swapping the axle and doing a manual locker might run around $1200 whereas just finding an 8.8 ls out of a ranger and regearing will be closer to $500. ...LS is sounding more tempting!
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Just make sure the axel has low miles
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LIke I said earlier I wouldnt But If its a hard pack sand like southren beachs...but if yoru running northeast beaches with soft sand...where in some places I've been they have Cautions signs that say "know your vehicles limits EXTREMELY soft sand"..Then no a 2wd wont work even for the access ramps. PLaces that require permits ussually require 4wd also...
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Here's the 2wd guide to driving on sand:
-12 psi
-Momentum

Only stop if you're on the top of a dune or on hard pack (in your case).

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As for a lunchbox locker on a daily driver ive had my no-slip for 30k /w 33's & no problems.

About 6mo ago thou i noticed the axle being always locked well i opened it up & it turned out that a few springs broken and caused it to stay locked. Well i ordered the new spring kit & a few hours later for the install it was like new again.

Id go /w a lunchbox over a air or electric or an L/s for 3 reasons
1. ease of install /w basic hand tools
2. their no worries of having an air leak or electrical failure
3. and cost of rebuild $20 for the spring kit
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If you find a newer Ranger 8.8, or one with low miles, that has a limited slip in it, just go with that. But if it is an older one with higher miles, then the L/S is normally worn out. Most of the times it is just because of daily driving. My truck has about 90,000 miles on it, and my L/S is worn right out. Mind you I am pretty hard on my truck.
I have 130,xxx miles on mine and the l/s is like new. It depends on the truck, you can find some with the l/s in great shape with some miles on them.
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One idea, if you are planning on parking your rear near the water. You can place a 2x10 perpendicular to your truck on the sand and then back your rear tires on it. That should help with the sinking during the day.
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3rd Ranger: 30k miles and the axle was always locked 6 months ago doesn't sound like no problems to me. I don't want to have to worry about if/when it decides to lock up, I want that full control. I'm capable of installing a manual locker and would feel more comfortable knowing that it will perform exactly as I think it will in each situation. I wouldn't feel comfortable being on an icy or snowy road and having the axle suddenly lock up and send me spinning.

Brian: That's a great tip for the 2x10! Thank you!

After talking with a friend about it a bit tonite, I think I am gonna save up for a rear I can put a manual locker on instead of going with the ls. I have about three other projects I need to finish still(restoring an 11ft sailboat, a 64 ford fairlane, and rebuilding the motor for my motorcycle) so I will have time to save up the cash before I get to surf fishing with my vehicle next spring. In the mean-time I've got 4wd buddies I can go with and my dad would let me borrow his truck if I really get the surf fishing itch this summer. This will give me plenty more time to research it all(thank you ranger-forums!) and locate parts.
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Sorry to sound noobish, but isn't it really bad for the truck to do that? Go that close to the water with it I mean? Even with washing it right away, wouldn't sand particles be more prone to working their way into things? Mud seems more forgiving (although I have never been mudding in my own truck).

Or is it because I live in Calgary and dream of real beaches where its never cold because this winter sucks ***** and isn't letting up? Oh well, I got the mountains I guess...
Mud makes a mess. Sand washes away pretty easily.
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