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Old 11-28-2009, 01:38 AM
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Default Lift, Tires, & Motors

so my rear shackles and leaf spring hangers broke the other day when i was moving my tool box to a new job. so i got the parts ordered i got 2in lift shackles for the rear and got 2in spacers for the front coils..what ya think so far?? i also have a three in bl to put in once i get rear cab mounts so now heres my question.... i have a extra 4.0 in my garage that i am in the process of beefin up im getting a custom milled cam, headers, bigger tb, and different intake and possibly a tuner how big of tires u think i could go with without making my truck a dog i still wanna be able to move and have the get up and go... i currently have 31's....
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Old 11-28-2009, 05:31 AM
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what ya think so far??
how big of tires u think i could go with without making my truck a dog
Tough to answer without any info....

Can you make a signature with your trucks info? That would help. So would pics.
As far as tires go, what axle/gearing do you have?
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Old 11-28-2009, 09:01 AM
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umm not sure how to make signature but ill try lol but other wise i have a 92 stx 4.0l 5sp reg cab long box. i will have pics soon goin to my rent soon today to take it all apart then when i get my parts monday ima slap it all together. anything else u need to know?
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Old 11-28-2009, 09:03 AM
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top left hand corner click USER CP then it will take you to a another area. On the left hand side youll see edit signature click it then type in your info
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Old 11-28-2009, 09:57 AM
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alright got it figured out thanks and opps i ment i have a 94 not 92 stx
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Old 11-28-2009, 12:58 PM
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Shackles broke, cab corners need done.....hmmm.....rust anyone? I'd worry about getting that thing safe before I worry about mods...

gear ratios?

that 4.0L OHV you've got has got plenty of power to turn tires. Depends on what your axles gear ratios are....
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Old 11-28-2009, 04:50 PM
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my truck is in really decent shape for the year the shackles are just rusted and the cab mounts everything else is safe the frame is not rusted thought and the body is in great shape except there is one rust hole by the tail pipe.
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Old 11-28-2009, 05:10 PM
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If the shackles went, replace those hangers too. Usually the rear cab mount brackets go as well. It's fairly common on trucks found in the rustbelt.

*edit....I re-read the first post.


Whats your current gear ratio? I assume it's probably something like 3.28's or even 3.07's....throw in 3.73 axles from a junkyard. It'll be a rocketship compared to what it is now.
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Old 11-29-2009, 08:07 PM
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Yes i have ordered the shackles, hangers and cab mounts they come tomorrow so i will have pics with it in progress and about my gears i currently have 3.07. doin the swap will that be a direct fit for the 3.73's or will it take some fabrication to install them. and also what truck will i be lookin to part out for these gears?? thanks for the help guys. so do u think i could go with the gear swap before i beef up the motor i wanna do both but i want the height now ha
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Old 11-29-2009, 09:00 PM
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OH YEAH...you'll want some gears. No fab work or anything....Just find junkyard axles with the ratio's you want. Best bet is an early gen Explorer. And doing that, you'll also be upgrading that front axle to a D35(if i recall correctly). If you want fab-work and an upgrade, get a 95+ explorer rear axle. It's stronger(31spline) compared to 28spline, it's got discs. Most are 3.73. Requires welding on shock tabs and welding on new spring perches.

It's a hell of a lot cheaper this way then getting gears installed for you or going new on gears...setup is spendy and takes some pretty expensive tools to do yourself.

When you 'build' the engine or whatever....don't really matter. You'll be VERY happy with your existing engine and these new axles. Imagine that aplified iwth a strong motor.
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Old 11-29-2009, 09:22 PM
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my parent have a friend that has a older exploder if he still has it idk what year but i wanna say 94 or 95 so just check the door tag to see the ratio right. If it has 3.73 in the rear will the front axle be the one i want?? and if it is i just drop my old front axle out and swap in the exploder one and weld on the shock tabs and spring perches.

Will this gear swap throw off my speedo alot?
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Old 11-29-2009, 09:30 PM
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There's fixes for the speedo. It's changing the speed sensor plastic gear in the transfer case. Really easy to remove. I'll get links in a minute.

Front axle ratio must match rear axle ratio....wait a sec.....I forget....you 4wd? lol. I assume so. lol. You'll want a 97 and older Ranger or 94 and older Explorer front axle. All explorer rear axles are the beefier 31spline 8.8, but 95+ have discs. So I'd find out what year that explorer is before you start parts pulling....94 explorer and 95 explorer front suspension and axles are TOTALLY different from one another.

I don't like to trust the door tags or axle tags....I like to confirm via counting the ring teeth and the pinion teeth, dividing the ring count by the pinion count.
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Old 11-29-2009, 09:37 PM
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Speedometer gears...

http://therangerstation.com/tech_lib...peedogear.html


Yeah your speedo will be off...it's off already with 31's. Use the formulas in the link above to figure out which color gear teeth to order from the dealer.
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Old 11-29-2009, 10:20 PM
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Aright thank u much. You seem to be around rangers for quite some time. well tomorrow i get my parts so ill be workin on that all night and then work on gettin tires and axle swap
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Old 11-30-2009, 09:05 PM
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Got my Front coil spacers in today and My leaf spring hangers now just gotta wait till tomorrow for the shackles its gunna be a long night in the garage tomorrow with plenty of beer ha have pics soon
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