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why is my ranger sluggish?

hey everyone im new here and have a question. i have a stock 96 ranger xlt 2wd with 31'' all terrians when i take off it is very sluggish. by that i mean it takes off slow like its struggling started doing that after i put 31s on it. is it cause there to big and it needs to be re geared?
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More specs please, What motor? What gearing?
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its 2.3 4 banger and not sure of gearing its stock
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Yeh your going to need to regear, look at the axle code on the sticker in the door jam and post it for me please!
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were it says axle it says 84
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You have a open diff, with 3.45 gears. Assuming its still the stock rear end. I bet its Extremley sluggy with that motor, gearing, and tires. I would try and find you a 4.10 ls rear end in a JY for cheap. You would notice a lot from just that! Even lower gearing may be better like 4.56's or somthing. Depends on how much you really wanna put into it.
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thanks. im just looking for the easiest route to make it normal again.
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gonna need 4.56's fasho
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gonna need 4.56's fasho
Yeh for the best performance but 4.10's are going to be easier to find and will be so much better than what he has now!
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a friend of mine has some 4.10s that came out his mustang will they work?
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Depends, if it had a 7.5 rear end then yes!
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just junkyard a rear axel with 4.10s

unless you are gonna install them, it will cost more to have them put in.
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just junkyard a rear axel with 4.10s

unless you are gonna install them, it will cost more to have them put in.
Yeh i agree, especially if you can upgrade to a 8.8 with L/S
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thanks for the info guys i think im just goin to go to the junk yard and pull some 4.10s. but what is the most common ranger or explore that came with 4.10s that will fit my rear end?
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No pull the whole rear end out it will save A LOT of time just to swap rear ends instead of gears.
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sounds good to me the junkyard here is doin $75 all you can carry so thats a good cheap swap thanks guys
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No problem man! We're full of info around here just search any questions and what you can't find feel free to ask!
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does that $75 cover a whole rear differential? seems like a good deal. but prolly a pita to carry out lol. heavy as a ****
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I bet your truck is sluggish. I think my truck is a tad sluggish with 31's, 4.10's and a 4.0SOHC.
Definitely buy a complete rear as it'll be much cheaper. When I upgrade to a Level II rear I'll be selling my 8.8 and I think I'll be lucky to get $200 for it and its only got 65K 4.10's, L/S and clean enough you could eat off of it. $200 wouldn't even cover the labor to get the gears installed let alone the parts. Also look for one out of a Ranger as an explorer will take some welding to make it fit.
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Yeh for the best performance but 4.10's are going to be easier to find and will be so much better than what he has now!
agree'd 3.45's a 2.3 and 31's=retarded. and swapping junkyard axles is cheapest but at 4.10(IF you can find one) it still wont be enough to get the motor happy, it needs the extra gear to help spin the weight of the tires, not just compensate for tire height, 4.10 would be an improvement because the gear he has is so terrible but still gonna be doggin on mpgs and any hill
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the words sluggish and ranger belong in the same sentence.
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its any thing u can carry for 75 yea heavy as hell but worth it for 75
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the words sluggish and ranger belong in the same sentence.
you got that one spot on
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I feel your pain dude. Throwin 31's on my all stock 2.5L. I just bought 4.10s for my 7.5 rear end from ebay for $100 shipped but I don't have to pay for labor. If you are going to mess with the rearend at all just get a 8.8 inch LS 4.10 axle from an Expo.

Oh and if you throw in a 5.0 that will fix the sluggishness REALLY fast.
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got the rear end and put it all on today its much butter than it was be for but still a little sluggish but not bad at all im happy with it for now.
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