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How do I regear a 01/3.0 5speed,

Im going big soon and would like to regear if i don't fine my 8.8 rear explorer rear end, thanks and where and cost?
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Not sure of the question but…
A rear axle from a late model Explorer is best with Disc Brakes.
The cost around MA/NH Area are going for $150 and up if all the parts are there and depending on the milage.

The Ex Axle will need to be mod’d to fit, search out on the site, there are write-ups on the mod.
The Ex Axle is a little wider, approx 2” than the Ranger, me I don’t like that but other have no problem with it. If you don’t go Ex Rear Axle then the only option is a Lvl II Axle.
Gear changes, re-gearing the rear is the easiest part, re-gear before pitting it in and the front diff will need to be re-geared also. (You didn’t fill in your profile so I do not have any idea if you drive a 2x or a 4x).
If you re-gear the rear you need to re-gear the front with the same ratio or as close as possible.
Re-gearing is based on tire size and rpm nothing else. Tire Size/RPM = Power or at least the feeling of power. (Fake Equation)
Re-gearing cost for a 4x would run around $1000 maybe $1200 if all goes well.

I hope that is what you asked for, if not sorry and just ignore what I said.
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Thanks and yes I have a 4x2. So am I able to swap a 4x4 rear to my 4x2 rear?
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Thanks and yes I have a 4x2. So am I able to swap a 4x4 rear to my 4x2 rear?
its the same thing
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Huh? You means it's the same gear? I thought a fx4 rear end would be different from a 4x2 rear. I may just have to go with explorer
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The Lvl II Rear End Housing has larger tube (3.25”) and 31 Spline Axles and a Limited Slip as OEM Equipm’t.
Std 8.8 is 2.75 Tubes 28 spline Axles and no limited unless ordered or special.

But, being a 4x2, cut costs on both gears and labor and a lot of the Ex’s come with limited slip, 31 spline axles and larger Tubes than the Ranger and Disc Brakes.
There will be work because the springs on an Ex are on the bottom and on the top on a Ranger, that needs to be changed and larger U-Bolts are needed.
There is a kit out there for the conversion so look around.

The rear diff cost doesn’t change but you will get out of it overall cheaper.

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Thanks i appreciate the help, and as for the springs from the expo, I will be using them anyways because I am doing a suspension lift, Thanks again!
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You will still need to convert the rear springs form under to over the axle no matter which spring you use.
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Yes I know, saw and read the writeup
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