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nothing is different, they will both lock the wheels together. Also, i would go with an e-locker over an air locker.
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Ok, so what do you think of this.....

Front: http://www.4wheelparts.com/PDT24109.aspx

Rear: http://www.4wheelparts.com/PDT263746.aspx

what do you think? will these parts work with the 4.56 gears... and how is it going to effect the drivability of my truck on the highway?

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the second one wont work you dont have 31 spline axles you have 28 spline and y do you want to go to 4:56 gears i have 3.27 and i still take my truck off road and i have open difs a haven't been stuck but then again i have been off roading since i was 12 and big enough to reach the pedals you can go pretty much any were with a stock truck i don't have much money but it doesn't keep me from going out and trying stuff
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HERE is what you would want for the front. I think you may be confused on what kind of axle you have. The front is a Dana 35 with 27 spline axles. I think it may be specific for 98+ Ford Rangers meaning that Jeep D35 & 97 on down Ranger D35 stuff wont work.

HERE is the E-Locker for the rear, but this one has the correct number of axle splines for your 8.8. You need a 28 spline carrier.


Also, if and when you regear, do lockers at the same time. It will save you money in that you won't have to pay to have the ring and pinion set up twice. If a shop is going to have to pull out a carrier to install a new ring gear, thay might as well be installing it on a new carrier (the locker).
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I would buy a winch before buying a locker. A winch is one of the most useful tools you can have offroad. If you do a winch first you can learn want you truck is capable of without worrying about being stuck in the middle of know where. A locker might get you down the trail further but what are you going to do when you get stuck?
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Ok thinking realistically, how much offroading are you going to be doing? A ARB locker would be for a trail rig or someone that goes out every weekend. Those are the top of the line lockers and you can tell by the price. I'd go with a LS for the back and then a selectable locker for the front, Aussie is a good brand as others have said. You can get both of those and be done for under a grand. If your going to run a winch get a front receiver(a hitch that mounts to the frame in the front) and then a receiver cradle for the winch. But you have to remember to use a winch you have to have something to hook onto. A locker can be used anytime where as a winch cannot. You just have to actually sit down and think about how often you'll need a locker or a winch and if its worth it for either one.
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Trent no one makes a selectable locker or a limited slip for the front of 98+ rangers, so his only option is a lunch box locker.
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Oh well nevermind then lol
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the second one wont work you dont have 31 spline axles you have 28 spline and y do you want to go to 4:56 gears i have 3.27 and i still take my truck off road and i have open difs a haven't been stuck but then again i have been off roading since i was 12 and big enough to reach the pedals you can go pretty much any were with a stock truck i don't have much money but it doesn't keep me from going out and trying stuff
well i am puting 35" tires on my truck. that is why i am puting the 4.56 gears

See i dont know what i need or anything i am just looking.. I wont be doing anything EXTREME.. just the usual offroading stuff..trails, etc...

I just dont want to get stuck anymore lol..I honestly dont need the arb lockers.. those are too expensive and i wont be doing any of that offroading.. So LS in the rear and a locker up front?? or ls just in the rear or ls up front and in the back?

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so why dont you tell us what you have do you have a lift already of what are you plans for your truck
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Sorry Downey, Most everyone on here knows what ive got for the truck

I have a 3" PA BL, 4" SL, 35" BFG MT, 4.56's.. Gibson cat-back exhaust, afe intake..cattle gaurd..

the lifts and tires are sitting in my dads shop waiting to get put on
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if your going to spend all the time and money on a traction adding device dont get a limited slip.. off road its as good as an open diff.
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if your going to spend all the time and money on a traction adding device dont get a limited slip.. off road its as good as an open diff.
i disagree a little, off road its as good as an open diff on a modified truck. on a stock truck it makes a big difference, especially wth 2wd
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well i would consider my truck kinda modified.. double lifted and 35" tires.. lol.. I dont know what to get... i am quickly finding out though that my truck is becoming a never ending project.. who knew lol..
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Heres a good post on lockers:

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Aussie ($250) up front is the only option. For $300 it's hard to beat the Lock-Right for the rear. You can be locked front and rear for $550 plus fluids. That is cheaper than one "good" tons of $$ unit and you get both axles locked instead of just one. They're all just as effective, but if you have the $$$ to throw around you can get a selectable one as mentioned. Lock-Right is selectable, not by the driver though (no torque while tunring it disengages or overrides itself).
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Thanks Trent
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If you are dead set on getting lockers front and rear be prepared to start changing front cv shafts. If it was me I would run 4:56 gears a locker in the rear and a multimount winch set up. The reason I would not run a locker in the front of our trucks with 35's is that the cv shafts can not handle the forces they generate.
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If you are dead set on getting lockers front and rear be prepared to start changing front cv shafts. If it was me I would run 4:56 gears a locker in the rear and a multimount winch set up. The reason I would not run a locker in the front of our trucks with 35's is that the cv shafts can not handle the forces they generate.
well thank sir. lol. so i have the 4.56 gears.. now i just need to get the whinch, and the locker for the rear.. what type of locker for the rear do you recomend
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it really depends on how much you want to spend.

Cheap- lock right or any other lunch box locker(fits in side of stock carrier)
money no object- OX or a E-locker
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it really depends on how much you want to spend.

Cheap- lock right or any other lunch box locker(fits in side of stock carrier)
money no object- OX or a E-locker
ok.. one more question. lol.. is a 8,000 lb winch big enough? or would i need more?
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i have a 9k

8 would be fine probably.. but go big or go home right?
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i have a 9k

8 would be fine probably.. but go big or go home right?
exactly. its better to have the horsepower and not need it, than to need the horespower and not have it.
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I run a warn x8000i and have used it for years without any problems. you want a winch with a single line rating of at least 1.5 times your trucks weight.
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Proactive- get lockers
Reactive- get a winch
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Sorry Downey, Most everyone on here knows what ive got for the truck

I have a 3" PA BL, 4" SL, 35" BFG MT, 4.56's.. Gibson cat-back exhaust, afe intake..cattle gaurd..

the lifts and tires are sitting in my dads shop waiting to get put on

hey its ok i just wanted to know because iw as kinda confused with 4.56 gears and the picture shows a stock truck. now i understand


I think an 8000lb winch will do you fine i love the one on my atv def saves me a$$ alot i would say do everything then get the locker later wait a little bit get the winch and get the **** on your truck then see if you want a locker. and lockers suck in the snow just so you know for normal driving.
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