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Old 10-04-2009, 04:07 PM
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Question Aluminum driveshaft only certain Rangers??

Someone said that all Rangers 02 & up came with aluminum DS.

Well I was under mine for it's 1st oil change today & the DS is definatley a steel one.

I know most of the Ford Explorers come with the aluminum DSs.

I would like an aluminum driveshaft for my truck. Less weight & less rotational mass.
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Old 10-04-2009, 04:09 PM
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I know my 05 has a aluminum one

I was pretty sure also they switched from steel to aluminum from 01 and up

I dont see why they would have switched back
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Old 10-04-2009, 04:13 PM
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Can you measure yours from U-joint to U-joint? You have the 4.0 & I have the 2.3
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Old 10-04-2009, 04:15 PM
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My 2003 had a steel shaft from the factory. For whatever reason, the steel shaft seems to be more common on manual trucks than automatics.
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my '04 has the steel one. so i don't really know why the changes
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Old 10-04-2009, 04:17 PM
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I measured 64" from joint to joint

Also the sticker on there had this number 2L54-4602-AA
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Bob may be on to something manual gets the steel auto gets the aluminum

I am guessing you could swap with no problems Bob?
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Old 10-04-2009, 04:23 PM
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Mine is 54in
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Old 10-04-2009, 04:38 PM
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Bob may be on to something manual gets the steel auto gets the aluminum

I am guessing you could swap with no problems Bob?
I have seen it done on 4x4s but I don't know if, in all cases, the 2WD manual and automatic have the same tranny length and slip yoke specs. If all else is equivalent, you'd need to get a replacement from a Ranger with the same wheelbase - 112, 118 or 126".

To be honest, I wouldn't think that, from a performance point of view, there is any noticeable difference between the two types.
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Old 10-04-2009, 04:49 PM
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wow a magnet wont stick to mine but mine is automatic sorry snowball
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wow a magnet wont stick to mine but mine is automatic sorry snowball
How long is your d/s??
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How long is your d/s??
that's what she said
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To be honest, I wouldn't think that, from a performance point of view, there is any noticeable difference between the two types.
It has been proven time after time at our Mustang Dyno days that replacing the steel D/S with an aluminum one nets an average 10RWHP.

Maybe that's why ford only puts the aluminum one behind the automatics, since a manual transmission uses less power which = less gas?
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that's what she said
Back off man!! I seen him 1st
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Old 10-04-2009, 05:07 PM
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its 50" 1/4 of a inch from center to center of u joints and ya its aluminum
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