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Old 03-04-2014
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Maue02ranger build in prog.

Wanting to do a 3in bod lift and locker. Not shure what to go after next a 8.8 with bigger drum brakes or stick with the 7.5.
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Go with the 8.8
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Maybe some panels to cover the gap the 3" Body Lift will leave.

An 8.8 would be nice, 31 splines too and a locker but what are you going to do with the truck ?
The 7.5 will work well with the 2.3, I had one in my '88 STX with 5.0L, it stood up to trail use and a lot of power burn outs but watch the tire size.
The lift and maybe tires are for looks, if you plan to regear for larger tires throw in a locker or limited slip, unless you happen across an Explorer rear axle with the gear ratio you want then go for it.a
An Explorer Axle in good condition will run you about the same as new gears and a locker so it would be almost a clean trade off.
There is a swap kit out there to make the Ex Axle almost a bolt in.

A locker in the rear will help a lot if ever take it on the trails.
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Planing on looking for a 8.8 from a FX4 not shure about the gear ratio yet. I've thought about the explorer axle because of the disk brakes but I'm not crazy about converting it to ranger spring and shock mounts. The plan is to add 3in body lift for clearance rear axle and rear swap with locker. 2.3 to 4.0 swap auto to manual swap 4x4 conversion and solid axle in front. Not drive related I'm wanting to do explorer interior swap. The 4.0 is going to be a hole nuther project. It's going to be expensive because I want to re build the head.

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Right now I'm still in the research phase but I'm planing on getting some body parts like a bumper and the explorer interior so I'll be looking for the rear axle and possibly the 4.0 depending on how my wallet feels at the time. The sooner I start tare down on that it will give me a good distraction from the suspension for a wile.
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With all the work going in the truck an explorer axle swap wouldn't be much more.
There is a no-weld kit for the explorer axle conversion.
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Really. I would defanetly be interested in that. They are easer to come by for me for some reason
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They are a little wider than a ranger, if the OEM LS is ok for what you need you might end up with a cheap rear diff setup.

Watch the splined axle shaft ends, check them out for any signs of twisting.

before you take the axle apart, check the LS, have a buddy hold one tire and you try to turn the other wheel in a forward motion. If you can't turn it or you can twist it out of the buds hands then the LS is in good condition and might work for you instead of a locker. Only problem with keeping the LS is IF you ever wanted a lunch box locker you would need to change the carrier to an open diff type.

Good luck

I did a search on the no-weld swap kit and was unable to locate it, this is all I got: (sorry)

Here is a weld on kit, which would be a lot better: http://www.ruffstuffspecialties.com/...g/88SS-31.html
The weld on kit will take longer to install but should hold up better and keep things in place better.

If I locate the no-weld kit again I will post it up.

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Sweet thank you. I found a disk brake swap kit last night for a ranger 8.8 couldn't find anywhere that sold them thow. All i know is it is made by Yukon. I do need a wider axle but I'm more conserned with everything ligning up once I do the from axle. Idk it's going to be a lot of part watching for a wile
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From what I know of the explorer axle going in a ranger is yes all will align.

Other than the new spring pads and shock mounts it fits right in place.

If you really want a 31 spline axle the explorer is A good way.
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Ok. questions. I'm going to look for the explorer axle. Just wondering if they are all 31 spline and if they are all 5x4.5 lug patern. Because that is what I want. And front solid axle what should I even be looking for. I want to keep the 5x4.5 Lugs all the way around. I don't want to hafto buy new wheels again.
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Ok. Just called a junk yard and they weren't to happy I didn't have a specific year. And when I told them disk brakes with 4:10s the told me they don't exist. I say bs. 1995-1999 Is what I'm thinking. Am I wrong?
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First, all Ex rear Axles have 31 splines, 5x4.5 bolt wheel mounting and a LS diff but the 4.10 thing I am not sure of; I can't state a specific year, sorry.

To me... I would look for a newer, 2000 + Explorer Axle with disc, that way you have the disc brakes the LS and the 31 spline axle shafts! all you need do is regear to match your front. You planned a locker anyway so the gear ratio is either correct or replace them at the same time.
Just a thought, not sure of the tire size you plan, with a 3" body lift I would think a taller tire is needed and the gear ratio should be set based on tire size... i.e. 33" tires - 4.56 gears. I am running 33" tires and 4.56s are just right.

As to the front end, you had better read up, I think you can use a XJ Jeep front axle, 5x4.5 wheel mounting or a early Bronco Type axle but it is normally 5x5.5 wheel mounting, both are D44s, but if you are will to cut things down some consider the later model Bronco with the high pinion D44 but again the wheel mounting will need to be changed.
The front end fitment is something you need to investigate more, I do not know for sure the proper width of the Ranger vs a Jeep or Bronco.

Good luck on the rear Axle Hunt...

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Thank you. I just talked to one of my buddies at school today. He said his is a 2001 4x4 explorer and it has rear disk. So I'm thinking I'm just going to hafto go to the yards where they let me look. It's a bit of a drive into the city but I've never Ben led rong there.
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Good luck with that.
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so some bad news. I would be building an axle rite now but my tires decided that they did not like how low my bent up bumper was hanging down. So they tried to rip the left side off the day before I was going to go and get a front axle. So my $ went toward a new bumper and a light bar for the front. I painted all the parts flat black to match the wheels. I will post picks when I get them. Hoping to have it on in the next few days.
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This is what I've got so far. The bumper is on. I need to get some good picks during the day





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Nice! Hopefully this bumper lasts a little longer
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Tell me about it. Lol
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Sorry I haven't taken picks yet. Just thought I'd update on what I'm doing. So I'm scraping the solid axle 4x4 sawp but I'm still doing the explorer swap. Saving money for all the parts and a turbo add on kit I found. Re building the engine to make it stronger and new body panels. And still waiting for explorer interior. Money sux rite now. But you can't get cheep quality.
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Sounds like it's gonna be pretty sweet. What turbo kit are you going to run?
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T04E. There's a kit on eBay. And althow I'm not crazy about buyin things like that online like that. All the important stuff is there. Just for safe mesure I'm guna inspect the internals of the engine and use studs on everything and add a headguasket shim. Should hold at least 500hp then

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Does anyone know if ford made the 2002 2.3L without a/c. Gates has a belt for w/o a/c and I don't know if it will work with my truck. I want to remove the a/c
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