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Old June 16th, 2011, 01:30 AM   #1
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I have a pieced together Ranger so depending on what part you want, it's a different year/model. Frame is a 90 Ranger, I think. It's got a D35 TTB out of an Explorer with a BW 1354

Anyway, I found a 89 Wagoneer D44 without a vacuum disconnect. I've tried to learn about the vacuum disconnect but I can't figure out how that would work into my Ford. I don't know if I need it or don't need it or if it doesn't matter.

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Old June 16th, 2011, 01:44 AM   #2
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No Vac. disco means it will have lockouts in the hubs as the only way to disengage the front axle. The vacuum disconnect would be a small vac. cylinder that would slide a collar somewhere inside the axle to engage the shafts.
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Ok how do I find out if it will work in my truck?
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Old June 16th, 2011, 02:12 PM   #4
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Ok how do I find out if it will work in my truck?
Since you don't have one it wont work

Vacuum disconnect is so it will lighten the rotating mass on the rest of the front drivetrain while driving at speed, where you don't need 4wd. It uses the engine's vacuum to slide a connector piece on the axle shafts.

Since your axle doesn't have one, it will have lockouts. In order to disengage/engage the front axle you have to twist a knob at the wheel center. This is generally considered the easier and less problematic style.

Again, since you do not have a vacuum disconnect, there is no reason to learn how to install one. You already have the better axle.
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So basically any axle I'm looking for has to have the nondisconnect?

And along that same line, the 89 Wagg axle should work?
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So basically any axle I'm looking for has to have the nondisconnect?

And along that same line, the 89 Wagg axle should work?
Yes, it will work. BUT, since you aren't able to figure that out on your own are you sure you should attempt the SAS on your own?? Just sayin'
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Hey buddy, we all have to start somewhere, right?
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Hey buddy, we all have to start somewhere, right?
Your statement is valid, when I did my SAS on my ranger it was my first and I learned a lot from it. The issue here is that even though I hadn't performed an axle swap before, I still had enough background knowledge and mechanical aptitude to accomplish the task with no outside help.

I still would like to see you complete the SAS, but PLEASE enlist the help of a qualified and knowledgeable individual to assist you in critical decisions involved in performing such a task. The last thing you want to do is spend the time and money on the swap only to find out that a small detail was missed and the whole mess falls apart on you. Assuming that you will occasionally drive this on the road you will need to address many areas differently than an off-road only vehicle. Things like bump-steer and steering wobble are extremely dangerous on the road but pose little to no issue on an ORV (unless they are horribly bad).

Safety should be the biggest concern with a project like this. It is not only important to ensure that you are able to enjoy the fruits of your labor, but you also do not want to endanger the lives of others due to your inability or lack of knowledge.
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I appreciate your concern, however you nor anyone else has asked if I was doing this alone. I am not. In fact, I more than likely won't be doing any of it. I'm buying my parts and trying to figure out my way around. My buddy, who is going to be doing the work, is busy with various other projects and cannot always be standing by to answer my questions. I'll more than likely have many other questions that you, and I'm sure other members here, will deem dumb or something I should already understand. Just because I don't have the mechanical background to understand something that doesn't exist on my truck, however, doesn't mean that you need to insinuate anything about my know-how or previous experience.

Btw, just so there is no misunderstanding.. I'm not offended. I just think it would be nice if once in a while someone actually asked a question rather than assuming they know the answer.

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