Originally Posted by BADAZZ85
But if you flip it over and install shock mounts and spring perches, then you'd have multiple reverse gears and only 1 forward gear. do NOT FLIP axle over to instal.
You never LITERALLY flip and rotate the axle. lol. You're not taking a rear axle and making it a front axle.... And you don't literally bolt an axle up upsidedown either....
Axle flip/spring flip/flip kit means the axle moves from one side of the spring to the other. Explorer's are spring-under axle. Rangers are spring-over axle. If you bolt up a Explorer axle onto a Ranger and not move the perches, you'll lower the rear 5".
To get an Explorer axle under a ranger and keep the same height, you'll need to cut off the old spring perches and weld on new ones on top of the tube instead of below. Also have to weld on new shock tabs as Explorer axle housings are shock-tab-less. Don't forget new u-bolts and spring plates for the new bigger axle housing. Your stock stuff won't work.
'95-05 are the axles to get....disc brake, 31spline. Note: 02-05 only Sport and Sport Trac will work.....02-05 regular Explorers are IRS.