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Old 07-09-2018, 01:24 PM
ljstrauss ljstrauss is offline
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Question 1998 Ranger 2x4 Rear Drive Wheel

I was talking to my brother about my 1998 Ranger making it up a rather steep gravel road. The rear wheels seemed to be spinning faster than we were moving up. I moved to the left and was able to get better traction and made it up the hill.
My brother mentioned that the truck essentially has only one rear drive wheel and it that one wheel slips, you're toast; that I should find out which rear wheel is the drive wheel and choose how to move when slipping based on which is the drive wheel.
If this is true, how can find out which rear wheel is the drive wheel?
Did any Rangers come with posi-traction? Both rear wheels driving?
In college, a buddy and I did a lot in his 2x4 Ford truck. A 4x4 is not in the cards right now. I put 240 lbs of sand over the rear axle and General Tire Grabber AT2s on all 4 wheels.
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Old 07-09-2018, 04:42 PM
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Default Re: 1998 Ranger 2x4 Rear Drive Wheel

On mine the right one seems to have the most pull, but on ice or snow either one will spin if the other one has traction, and rangers did come with posi track.
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Old 07-10-2018, 08:18 AM
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Default Re: 1998 Ranger 2x4 Rear Drive Wheel

Continuing with my research, here's what I found.
The door panel has a two digit axle code. On mine, it is 87. I found that axle code to be an Open 7.5" differential (not limited slip, which is the same as posi-traction); Capacity 2,750 lbs; Ratio 4.10.
So, with an open differential, if I get spin on one side, the other side barely moves.
I still haven't seen a write up on what my brother called a "Primary drive side."
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Old 07-10-2018, 01:54 PM
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I still haven't seen a write up on what my brother called a "Primary drive side."
With an open differential, whichever wheel starts to slip first will receive all the power. Another way to put it is whichever wheel is easier to spin that is the one that will spin.
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Old 07-11-2018, 08:00 AM
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When it starts to slip lightly tap the brakes to make the diff think other tire is getting traction and spin both. Sounds good in theory....
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