Hey all, first post here. I'm a Jeep guy and participate in many of the Jeepforums. Looks like theres lots of good info here. I don't know much about Fords and my friend has an issue.
2001 Ford Ranger Edge, 4.0L V6, 4x4, Auto. Limited slip rear 8.8 axle. 170k highway miles.
I noticed gear oil leaking from one of his axle tubes as well as vibration/grinding when driving. His dad took it apart and turns out the axle is broken. We need to swap in a used axle and I know theres differences between the Explorer 8.8 vs Ranger 8.8 axle.
My question is what axles can I swap in? As long as the gear ratios are the same could I swap in a 7.5 axle from another ranger? We aren't concerned with using the same axle as he is looking to basically drive the truck for another month or two until he can afford a new vehicle. Would I need a different driveshaft if I swapped in a 7.5? Whats the difference between the brakes? Some salvage yards have 10" and some have 9" brakes. Is it hard to swap one for the other?
Thanks for the info and sorry for the long post!