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Old 07-17-2011, 09:16 AM
Doon Doon is offline
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Default 2.3 axle swap questions

New guy here, although I've been lurking for almost a year now, looking for a few answers before I start the axle swap.

I have a 2002 2.3L 4cyl 2wd 5spd, current axle code is 86, which is an open 7.5 with 3.73 gears. I drive almost exclusively on the hwy, and am not all that impressed with the open rear differential with my lovely Canadian winters. Looking to swap to a limited slip rear diff. I have no concerns about the work involved, but have no idea what's going to fit.

I'm going to be looking for a used rear end (with drum brakes, don't want the pain of swapping to disc), with as straight a swap as possible. Likely doing the junkyard dive, and not looking for anything fancy.

What should I be looking for? year/model, ranger/explorer, does it matter if the doner is 2wd or 4wd, auto or std(mine is std).

I'm guessing I'm looking for a F4, F5, or F6 axle code........did I just answer my own question? Or should I be real concerned about gearing? Or is the 8.8 an easy swap option?

Thanks in advance, this site is awesome!
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2002 2.3L 4cyl. reg cab 5spd. Pretty much stock I'm sorry, I'll try to change that.

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Old 07-18-2011, 07:26 PM
oldcarfart oldcarfart is offline
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Default Re: 2.3 axle swap questions

I would find an explorer with a 3.55 and posi, it is easier to do the disc MC swap, etc. than to find pickup axle with 3.55 posi in my not-so humble opinion!

Try to find rear in same year as yours or as close as possible and use 2wd axle as 4 wd too wide.

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