Originally Posted by xcfamily
I've been doing a lot of reading about the 1998 Ranger PVH system. It seems as if everyone hates them and that they are unreliable. I've also read about 2 different fixes: explorer axel exchange and manual locking hubs. Which one is best in your opinion?
95-02 Explorer and Expo Sport, 01-05 Expo Sport and Sport Trac, and 00+ Ranger are all live axles(hubs engaged 100% of the time). You DO NOT need a new axle, you just need new CV shafts w/ nuts, hub/bearings and that's it.
If you do the Rugged Ridge / AVM manual hubs, you're still stuck with a pretty weak system, but still quite a bit more reliable than the PVH setup. People blow up AVM's more often than don't though. But....the hub is the weak link there and it goes first and if you break a CV shaft in half, you're doing some HARDCORE shit. lol.
Live axles FTW.