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Old 07-14-2011, 01:25 AM
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Default info on installing a limited slip differential

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I've got a 2001 4cyl in pretty good condition (bought used). I'm a pretty good wrench and do a lot of my own work. I would really like to get a limited slip installed, but have never worked on a differential or rear axels before.

Found this site and a limited slip for $240
http://www.andysautosport.com/ford/2...als/powertrax/

But whats involved - just a swap ? Do the axels need to be pulled ? Do the same stock axels work with a unit like this ?

Any help and comments appreciated !!!
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Old 07-14-2011, 01:46 AM
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Honestly it would be easier to install a whole axle with limited slip. You can screw things up easily if your not careful. New axle can be found at www.car-part.com and for about the same price.

If you go to youtube there will be many videos on how to change the differential
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Old 12-07-2011, 08:50 PM
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Default Re: info on installing a limited slip differential

so how big of a PITA is this to do? i found this set for cheap and would it be worth doing?
http://chicago.craigslist.org/sox/pts/2732070033.html
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Old 12-07-2011, 08:55 PM
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Default Re: info on installing a limited slip differential

actually sam, what you are planning is moderately easy, IF you have worked on rear ends before.

and sal, if you have a 7.5 do it. It is HARD. trust me. But its worth it. what gearing do you have now?
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:05 PM
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i have 3.73s right now and i like them, but i want a limited slip. i dont know a whole lot about this, but do you have to align the ring and pinion if you put the trac lok in?
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Old 12-08-2011, 06:45 AM
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Default Re: info on installing a limited slip differential

I have 3.55 rear end and want to install 4.10 from the fx4 how hard is that
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Old 12-08-2011, 06:52 AM
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How many times do I have to reiderate myself about this subject. You CANNOT POSSIBLY do this swap if you have NO KNOWLEDGE of axles. The comeplete axle has to be dissasembled and the ring/pinion has to be re-set. If you are NOT FAMILIAR with the terms backlash and carrier shim and pinion depth tool, DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS!

YOU WILL grenade your axle.

It costs MORE to buy a L/S, Have someone install it for you and put the old axle back in than it is to go to a JY and get a new axle with a L/S. It will be TRIFOLD more expensive. Next time, please use the search function as I personally can vouch for covering this subject multiple times.

I can have an axle PULLED for me with a limited slip AND w/e gear ratio I need (up to 4.10) for under $200 WITH all brakes AND e-brake cables. Now, think about this.

Limited Slip: $200
Labor: $250-300
Install Kit: $90
Gear oil- $40

TOTAL: $630

OR:

Axle: $200
Gear oil: $40
U-bolts: $40

TOTALL $280
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:29 AM
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Default Re: info on installing a limited slip differential

The only argument I might have against the above (I do agree generally in concept) is for Rangers with rear discs. Those might be hard to come by in a junk as of right now.

For my '98, a junk yard swap is exactly what I plan to do. For the '11, a limited slip install is probably more practical.
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:52 AM
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The only argument I might have against the above (I do agree generally in concept) is for Rangers with rear discs. Those might be hard to come by in a junk as of right now.
For my '98, a junk yard swap is exactly what I plan to do. For the '11, a limited slip install is probably more practical.
They'll be hard to come by ANY time, bc ranger's never came with rear discs...

Now, if you wanna disc 8.8, they're plentiful enough behind the explorers but like I've said in many threads, welding is involved. Spring perches need to be welded on (with proper pinion angle) and shock mounts need to be welded on (in proper location AND angle)
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Old 12-08-2011, 08:44 AM
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They'll be hard to come by ANY time, bc ranger's never came with rear discs...

Now, if you wanna disc 8.8, they're plentiful enough behind the explorers but like I've said in many threads, welding is involved. Spring perches need to be welded on (with proper pinion angle) and shock mounts need to be welded on (in proper location AND angle)
Newer rangers, have rear disks, This started in 2010.
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Old 12-08-2011, 09:15 AM
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No shit....thought they were still drum, but updated to 31 spline shafts/ 3 1/4" axle tubes...
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Old 12-09-2011, 08:38 AM
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Default Re: info on installing a limited slip differential

I wasnt trying to question you brinker but I do thank you for the advice. I plan on buying the whole,axle anyway. But finding one with a good diff inside. Plus I have a 2wd so will a fx4 model be a bad buy for that
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Old 12-09-2011, 08:48 AM
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Strength is never a downgrade unless of course you dropped a 5 ton rockwell rear under the damn thing
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:22 AM
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They'll be hard to come by ANY time, bc ranger's never came with rear discs...

Now, if you wanna disc 8.8, they're plentiful enough behind the explorers but like I've said in many threads, welding is involved. Spring perches need to be welded on (with proper pinion angle) and shock mounts need to be welded on (in proper location AND angle)
Then I have some really wierd looking drums on the back of my 2011. That must be a massive cooling fin then...
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Old 12-10-2011, 08:58 AM
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Limited Slip: $200
Labor: $250-300
Install Kit: $90
Gear oil- $40

TOTAL: $630

OR:

Axle: $200
Gear oil: $40
U-bolts: $40

TOTALL $280
when i was getting my locker installed everywhere i called was wanting $750 to a $1000 just for the labor. if your really thinking about having one put it call a few shops before you buy your parts.
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