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Old September 3rd, 2008, 09:53 PM   #1
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hey guys i just bought a ranger off of this site and dont know too much about fords since ive been a chevy guy most of my life...anyways does anybody know what kind of axle this 2wd ranger has? and if it can stand up to a 302 because ive heard about the explorer 8.8's and such but im just curious if i should just put 4.10s or higher in this to make it more highway worthy....by the way if anybody is familiar with this axle and has 4.10s or higher i am interested in finding some. thanks guys and any suggestions would be great, its going to be a dune runner and i need it to be stout.

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Old September 3rd, 2008, 09:56 PM   #2
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either 7.5 or 8.8 with 28 spline. I wouldn't consider either to be v8 worthy. But the ring/pinion same on the 28/31 spline 8.8s

The 28 spline shafts are SO much smaller then the 31 spline and the 31 spline 8.8s have larger axle tubes and bigger bearings out at the wheels then the 28 spline 8.8s

However explorer 8.8s the diff is not centered. The axle shafts are different lengths. Really shouldn't make a difference though.
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anybody else? any visual differences that i can check for or does anybody know a site that i can type in the code tag thats still on it?
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www.therangerstation.com

Good tech info on all things Ranger.
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www.therangerstation.com

Good tech info on all things Ranger.
x2, you should be able to find your answer rather quickly.
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http://www.4wheeloffroad.com/project...xle/index.html

in that build it says that his 97 ranger has a 7.5 rear axle
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look on the drivers side door sticker and get the axle code. Go to www.therangerstation.com and look in the tech library to decode it. It will tell you the axle model, what gears it has, open or limited slip, and more..
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i appreciate it guys...the ranger station is an amazing site....turns out its a lil 7.5 with 3.73 so thanks once again
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allright now that ive done some research it seems i need a ford 9" from a 60's bronco to be able to drop it in i believe? if anyone has any more input that would be awesome
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