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speedfreak87 10-03-2015 06:36 PM

2007 Ranger FX4, 4wd question and vibration question.
 
It's been a while, I got rid of my 98 ranger, it had manual locking hubs in it so I really didn't care to educate myself on the workings of the auto 4wd crap.. Now, I have a 2007, and I decided to test my 4wd the other day since winter is coming and now would be the est time to find a problem. Anyway, put it in 4hi, engaged like it should, felt good, but, two things were odd, 1. when I went to turn, it was tight, like in 4lo.. my old one while in hi was able to pull into my parking spot with out any major issue, this one, not so much, not sure if it was because it wasn't snow and just wet or not. but it felt like it was in lo. HOw can I make sure everything is engaging 4hi,4lo respectively? Also, I get a bad vibration at 80 from the drive train.. feels like the shaft, re-balance? or just replace?

Edit. I forgot the one question I need to ask.. lol! can I put manual locking hubs in my 2007? if not, why? and if so, do I need ot change the wheels?

dangerranger01NJ 10-03-2015 08:33 PM

I know with the live axle set up the Cvs are splined into the hubs, basically everything up front is spinning in 2hi but there is no torque since the transfer case isnt engaged, and you can put manual hubs up front but its about $400 because you need vacuum hubs and CVs from a 2000 as well as the locking hubs.

speedfreak87 10-04-2015 05:40 AM

Re: 2007 Ranger FX4, 4wd question and vibration question.
 
Dammit! lol! Oh well, hope it don't break.

02RangerFX4 10-04-2015 07:12 PM

Don't use 4x4 on dry pavement. That feeling you had was the drivetrain binding.

damned225 10-05-2015 12:39 PM

Could have a a locker in the front, lockers always make it harder to steer. Yes there is a hub conversion kit.

dangerranger01NJ 10-05-2015 12:43 PM

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Originally Posted by damned225 (Post 2543098)
Could have a a locker in the front, lockers always make it harder to steer. Yes there is a hub conversion kit.

They never came stock with a locker in the front or rear. Only a limited slip in the rear axle. The only 2 "lockers" for the front j know of are the torsen and the powertrax.

damned225 10-05-2015 02:06 PM

That weird that I have a factory locker in my front axle of my 98 4x4. Then why would they only use front lockers in explores? Or the bronco 2?

02RangerFX4 10-05-2015 02:17 PM

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Originally Posted by damned225 (Post 2543130)
That weird that I have a factory locker in my front axle of my 98 4x4. Then why would they only use front lockers in explores? Or the bronco 2?

From my understanding the only type of limited slip/locker that ford has ever put in the front end of a truck like vehicle is the raptor. And it's a torsen limited slip. Your truck has an open front differential.

damned225 10-05-2015 02:41 PM

Then explain the locker noise that matches the locker noise from my dad's jeep? Can you explain how they handle the same as well? The raptors innovation was the e-lockers front and rear.

Logan03CO 10-05-2015 02:44 PM

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Originally Posted by damned225 (Post 2543134)
Then explain the locker noise that matches the locker noise from my dad's jeep? Can you explain how they handle the same as well?

Then it's aftermarket.

No Ranger came from the factory with a front locker/lsd.

djfllmn 10-05-2015 02:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Logan03CO (Post 2543135)
Then it's aftermarket. No Ranger came from the factory with a front locker/lsd.

^^^^

damned225 10-05-2015 02:52 PM

No factory, the previous owner barley took care of it. From playing in the dirt I know it spins all 4 tire. Then why would ford only put lockers in explorers? The same frames underpin both trucks?

djfllmn 10-05-2015 02:54 PM

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Originally Posted by damned225 (Post 2543140)
No factory, the previous owner barley took care of it. From playing in the dirt I know it spins all 4 tire. Then why would ford only put lockers in explorers? The same frames underpin both trucks?

no it's not factory. No ranger came with a front diff other than open.

Frames aren't the same either

Logan03CO 10-05-2015 02:59 PM

Re: 2007 Ranger FX4, 4wd question and vibration question.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by damned225 (Post 2543140)
No factory, the previous owner barley took care of it. From playing in the dirt I know it spins all 4 tire. Then why would ford only put lockers in explorers? The same frames underpin both trucks?

Trust us - There are only two options at this point:

1. An aftermarket front locker was installed by a previous owner.
2. No front locker is present.


Also, I'm a bit "rusty" when it comes to Explorers - but I didn't think they had a factory front locker either. I know I've seen my fair share of aftermarket front locker install threads over the years on the Explorer Forum....

I could be wrong when it comes to Explorers - but I'm confident when it comes to Rangers and their lack of a factory front lsd/locker.

http://cdn.meme.am/instances/400x/54299888.jpg

djfllmn 10-05-2015 03:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Logan03CO (Post 2543142)
Trust us - There are only two options at this point: 1. An aftermarket front locker was installed by a previous owner. 2. No front locker is present. Also, I'm a bit "rusty" when it comes to explorers - but I didn't think they had a factory front locker either. I know I've seen my fair share of aftermarket front locker install threads over the years on Explorer Forum....

they did not. No ford has a front locker from factory


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