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Old 08-25-2010, 06:56 PM
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Default 91 f-150 axle swap into an 87 ranger

hey guys, like i have stated in my welcoming post, i have the chance to pick up a 1987 ranger for really cheap, but needing work. the truck is one of my favourite body styles and is cheap enough for a first truck. the only problem is, is that it needs axles / or axles fixed. what i am getting at, is my dad has a 1991 f-150 4x4 in the driveway that is sitting there after he had just bought his new truck. my question is, will the f-150 axles work under the ranger ? both trucks are 4x4 and have 31's.

any help on how to or if it is even possible would be awesome! thanks guys.

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Old 08-25-2010, 07:00 PM
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Default Re: 91 f-150 axle swap into an 87 ranger

anything can work with enough modification, butttttttttt your best bet is to pull some axles out of one at a junkyard or something. does it need front or rear axles? or botH?
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Old 08-25-2010, 07:03 PM
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Default Re: 91 f-150 axle swap into an 87 ranger

ok. do you know what it would take to do the f-150 axle swap?
they are both solid axles.
and it is only the front that needs replaced.
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Old 08-25-2010, 07:11 PM
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Default Re: 91 f-150 axle swap into an 87 ranger

dont know much about the f-150, but i could assume the gearing would be different, its probably a longer axle, and that the u-joint for the f150 pinion gear could possibly be different than the one on the ranger (aka might not match up) and the lug pattern could be different. again, i really know nothing about f150s, but these are something to keep in mind.
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Old 08-25-2010, 07:14 PM
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Default Re: 91 f-150 axle swap into an 87 ranger

lug pattern is 5 x 5.5 rangers is 5x 4.5 and the f-150 is wider
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Old 08-25-2010, 07:18 PM
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Default Re: 91 f-150 axle swap into an 87 ranger

ok thanks a lot, i might as well go look for a used axle in a scrap yard. but you never know!
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Old 08-25-2010, 07:31 PM
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Default Re: 91 f-150 axle swap into an 87 ranger

how much do you think used axles would run me? and what years would all work in an 97 ranger?
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Old 08-26-2010, 04:32 PM
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Default Re: 91 f-150 axle swap into an 87 ranger

as far as i know any ranger axle should work and any pre 01 explorer axle i would look for an 8.8in 4:10 explorer axle since its a disc brake rear end if your going to go through all that trouble of switching out the thing and i think its 130 bucks at pick n pull for a whole rear end
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Old 08-26-2010, 04:46 PM
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Default Re: 91 f-150 axle swap into an 87 ranger

Your best bet I would say is try to find a '91-'97 Ranger with a 4.0, they had 8.8 rears with a dana 35 front axle, stronger than your front dana 28. and you may even luck out and find a 8.8 with a trac-lock rear lol. my '94 has a trac-lock rear and its posi more times than my '03 with the torsen rear diff is!
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Old 08-26-2010, 05:40 PM
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Default Re: 91 f-150 axle swap into an 87 ranger

ok that is awesome guys, thanks alot for the help. i will most likely be trying to find a used ranger axle from a wrecker.
what are my chances of fiinding a trac-lock rear :P with my luck, not lkely but you never know.
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Old 08-26-2010, 06:30 PM
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Default Re: 91 f-150 axle swap into an 87 ranger

well all i can seem to find are one wheeler squealer rear ends haha and i already have one of those
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