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I recently picked up a 93 Ranger, bone stock, ext cab stx. The truck is in good shape and runs good.. Now this is NOT going to be a wheeling truck, trail truck, or anything like that, it is my DD, winter beater, run around truck but the front end needs quite a bit of work.. The front tires are SHOT with about 1000 miles on them and I'm not the biggest fan of ttb. I've been going back and forth about throwing a EB Dana 30 in the truck, which I have laying around in good shape, or just rebuilding the ttb that is already in the truck.. I do not want to hear don't waste your time with a Dana 30! Like I said it's not going to be a wheeler.. The only time it's going to even see 4x4 is my driveway if it snows. But what I've been thinks my about first off what will make or break the decision is I can't remember what gears the Dana 30 I have, has. But aside from that how low can you stay with an a solid axle? I wouldn't care if it went up an inch or two or three, but I don't want the truck on 35s when it's done.. Also do you think it's worth it to go through swapping the axle or just taking care of the ttb parts every other year? Would have to build trailing arm mounts and get the driveshaft hooked up.. Swap to disk brakes.. Bolt pattern issues... Just lookin for some input :yooper: :popcorn: :beer:
 

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I swapped a tj dana 30 in mine. Not a waste of time. It works good. Built a radius arm style link system. Xj coils. If it had balanced tires and not locked it'd drive good down the road. Not hard to do.
 

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I guess I never thought of an check axle.. Those are pretty cheap up here and would already be disk brake.. And if the ujoint lines right up that's one thing I wouldn't have to worry about. What about height wise, how low could the truck stay?
 

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Biggest hurdle to ride height with a ranger and sas, clearing the engine crossmember.

It can be as low or as tall as you want it. Depending on how much work you put into the crossmember.
 

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Yea that's what I figured.. Which I do not feel like getting that deep to alter the engine cross member.. As of now I'm leaning towards keeping the ttb again lol
 

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I think I'm going to start seen what's around my area for an XJ axle that had the same gearing as the truck and go from there...
 

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Well according to the axle code on the ranger it has 3.27 gears in it, which from what I researched quickly, doesn't look like it's going to match up with any XJ gear ratios. Any jeepers out there that know of any yj axles that would have 3.27 in them? I would much rather have 3.73 or at least 3.55s in the truck anyways, but really don't want to swap the rear end to. Also I would like to have my summer DD/ tow pig in the garage before the snow flies which could be any day up here, so at least for this winter I think it's just going to stay ttb
 

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If it were me I'd get a D35 front diff from a Ford Explorer and keep the TTB. If it's aligned properly they ride fantastic and are super durable for off road use. My 94 Explorer sport has 3.27's currently but I have another set of axles with 3.73's and a lsd rear. My Explorer has seen every inch of silver lake on stock drivetrain and was daily driven for years.
 
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