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Old 07-19-2018, 12:25 PM
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hello all, I am new to the forum. my name is Jack, and I need a little help. I purchased a trailer, that is of course from a ranger, but I need to know what year it is so I can purchase taillights, bumper, wheel bearings, etc. I tried to look on the axel and the only number I could get was 246 that was raised numbers by the pumpkin.

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Old 07-19-2018, 01:24 PM
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Wheel bearings should be easy to confirm based on visual ID of the axle. The diff cover should have a tag under one of the bolts. Write down what you see there.

Not sure on the rest. Is the frame or bed tagged with a VIN anywhere?
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Old 07-19-2018, 01:41 PM
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with the metal tailgate handle that could be a bed from a 93-to possibly a 98-99
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Old 07-19-2018, 05:50 PM
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Wheel bearings should be easy to confirm based on visual ID of the axle. The diff cover should have a tag under one of the bolts. Write down what you see there.

Not sure on the rest. Is the frame or bed tagged with a VIN anywhere?
no tag. first thing I looked for. only raised numbers 246

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with the metal tailgate handle that could be a bed from a 93-to possibly a 98-99
dang. any idea how I could narrow it down more ? I really don't have any junk yards around me, and I hate to buy a set of lights on ebay and have to send them back.
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Old 07-19-2018, 06:16 PM
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7.5:
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8.8:
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There should be a photo attached to this that shows the difference between 28 and 31 spline axle tubes.
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Old 07-19-2018, 09:32 PM
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with the metal tailgate handle that could be a bed from a 93-to possibly a 98-99
I have to agree and Im thinking 95-97 or 98-99 only because the handle is color matched. 93-94 they seem to have all been black at least all i've seen.
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Old 07-20-2018, 01:59 AM
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no tag. first thing I looked for. only raised numbers 246

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dang. any idea how I could narrow it down more ? I really don't have any junk yards around me, and I hate to buy a set of lights on ebay and have to send them back.
They will all fit no problem. The beds were the same from 93 all the way up until 2011

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Old 07-20-2018, 05:21 AM
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7.5:
http://www.differentials.com/wp-cont...8/Ford-7.5.gif

8.8:
http://www.differentials.com/wp-cont...8/Ford-8.8.gif

There should be a photo attached to this that shows the difference between 28 and 31 spline axle tubes.

great, thanks !!

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ok, thank you for your help

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I have to agree and Im thinking 95-97 or 98-99 only because the handle is color matched. 93-94 they seem to have all been black at least all i've seen.
ya, me too. I looked at a ton of them on auto trader, and I could not find one painted until 1998. also I noticed the crease or bodyline along the top of the bed and tailgate is more narrow on the later years.

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