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Old 10-23-2017, 08:58 AM is offline
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Default Ford Explorer axle swap

hey guys, I plan on swapping my rear end out for a rear end out of a ford explorer.

I have a 2000 Ford Ranger automatic, 4X4 off-road, extended cab with an 8.8

so, i am going to try and find an 8.8 in the junkyard to swap

any tips or tricks or things to be mindful of? I've never done an axle swap before but am pretty confident with my level of mechanical knowledge.

and the reason I am doing this swap is because I have had a plethora of problems revolving around my differential, and it is just one problem after another, and I can put my finger on it and I cant keep spending money to temporarily fix it, basically my wheel bearings constantly go out and after replacing the clutch pack and spider gears I still continue to squeal wheels around turns, might as well have a welded diff with this problem.

also, if i swap for an explorer axle is that wider than the ranger axle? and should I go ahead and swap out both axles?
Hey, I have a 2000 ford ranger XLT, off-road edition, 4.0L, V6 engine and I'm 17
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Old 10-23-2017, 09:06 AM
CalebJ CalebJ is offline
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Default Re: Ford Explorer axle swap

No need to swap both axles, just make sure the gearing is the same in your donor axle.

The Explorer axle will be spring under, so you'll have to move spring perches and shock mounts. RuffStuff Specialties can help with that:

As far as I know, the width is the same in your 2000 to the Explorer.

'91-94 Explorer axles will be drum and should hook up directly to your current brake system. '95-2001 is disc, so you'll have a little to deal with in hooking up the parking brake.

Lots of write ups on this swap at various forms. I think there's a good one in the TRS technical section.
1999 3.0 FFV 4wd Ext. Cab
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