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Ranger/Explorer 8.8 Rear End Swap Kit

Does anyone make a Bolt-in Kit to Swap an Explorer 8.8 Rear End in place of the stock Ranger rear end ? I know a lot of people modify the Explorer to fit but its a little trouble to figure out what must be done. Then you have to buy the spring saddle brackets, shock mounting brackets , and then find a Welding shop that you can afford. If their is any interest I would like to develope the kit. Hubert Craver
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http://www.ruffstuffspecialties.com/ sells a kit. kinda it comes with the u bolts and spring perches, im not sure about shock tabs, but besides that and dealing with the brake lines, and getting the stuff welded on im pretty sure its just a swap
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i heard superlift makes a bolt on kit, not sure if its still in production
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What's the advantage of going from a Ranger 8.8 to an Explorer 8.8?
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What's the advantage of going from a Ranger 8.8 to an Explorer 8.8?
31 spline instead of 28 spline axles, disc brakes, different gears and usually LS.
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As someone seriously considering the axle swap to improve my brakes, I'm interested in my options kit-wise as I don't have welding ability and the one person I would take this to is very busy and doesn't have the time. Granted, I'd prefer welded over bolt on any day.
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ruffstuff kits come with shock tabs.
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Icon5 Kit, why?

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Does anyone make a Bolt-in Kit to Swap an Explorer 8.8 Rear End in place of the stock Ranger rear end ? I know a lot of people modify the Explorer to fit but its a little trouble to figure out what must be done. Then you have to buy the spring saddle brackets, shock mounting brackets , and then find a Welding shop that you can afford. If their is any interest I would like to develope the kit. Hubert Craver
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Whata need a kit for? It's a SWAP-IN, you can use the stock shock mount location on the frame with the Explorer U-bolt brackets.........I seen it done on a mid-late 90's Ranger............I elected to move mine for personal reasons, I don't much care for the cross shock setup.
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I'll see if I can find the pic of the one with em in stock location......
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Is it even possible to use a ranger flip kit...but upside down??
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Whata need a kit for? It's a SWAP-IN, you can use the stock shock mount location on the frame with the Explorer U-bolt brackets.........I seen it done on a mid-late 90's Ranger............I elected to move mine for personal reasons, I don't much care for the cross shock setup.
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I'll see if I can find the pic of the one with em in stock location......

except thats a spring under and rangers are sprung over the axle
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Ok, a change for the sake of a change. I see, it's a way to spend money and time.
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Ok, a change for the sake of a change. I see, it's a way to spend money and time.
No, not really. It gives you stronger axles, better braking, better traction, better power and mileage if you change tire sizes. It's not just to spend money and give you something to do, its a very useful and effective mod.
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Is it even possible to use a ranger flip kit...but upside down??

nope, tried it..

the flip kit was designed for a 28spline axle, not an explorer 31 spline..

So its not wide enough



however Superlift's explorer lift USED to have a flipkit for the axle, but now the kits come with leafs
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nope, tried it..

the flip kit was designed for a 28spline axle, not an explorer 31 spline..

So its not wide enough



however Superlift's explorer lift USED to have a flipkit for the axle, but now the kits come with leafs
gotcha.
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Ok, a change for the sake of a change. I see, it's a way to spend money and time.
wtf man. search....or evenlook in this thread as to why we want a exploder axle.
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No, not really. It gives you stronger axles, better braking, better traction, better power and mileage if you change tire sizes. It's not just to spend money and give you something to do, its a very useful and effective mod.

how do you get more power and mileage?
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how do you get more power and mileage?
x2!! uh........mmmm. I ponder. Maybe if you are 2wd...and you lifted your truck on 35's....and you had 3.55s. And get 4.10 XAxle....i suppose.
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31 spline instead of 28 spline axles, disc brakes, different gears and usually LS.
the 91 to i think 94? exploders had the drums. and so did 01 and 02 sports/sport tracs. just to clarify

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x2!! uh........mmmm. I ponder. Maybe if you are 2wd...and you lifted your truck on 35's....and you had 3.55s. And get 4.10 XAxle....i suppose.
Yeah thats what I was referring to was getting a axle with different gears. Say you had like the extreme 3.27s, then you could go to 4.10s. Lol idk I just threw out some reasons off the top of my head.
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Yeah thats what I was referring to was getting a axle with different gears. Say you had like the extreme 3.27s, then you could go to 4.10s. Lol idk I just threw out some reasons off the top of my head.
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