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Old 05-08-2011, 08:19 PM
pooleo pooleo is offline
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Default Thought I would share my axle swap exp.

well for anyone wanting to swap an explorer 8.8 with discs on to your 7.5" equipped ranger, here are some things to do/get/think about before you start.

1) The top plate that sits above the leaf springs are NOT going to cut it. Must be because of the 7.5 axle Diam. but the mounting hole spread is not adequate to use. The exploder 8.8 is MUCH bigger in Diam. than the 7.5 (obviously) New Ubolts will need to be purchased and a new top plate will need to be found.

2) The factory steel wheels will NOT fit over the axle hub. Its about 1/8" larger in Diam. than the 7.5". So you need to either grind out your centers (not recommended), get some rims from the exploder or (assuming) any ranger with an 8.8 or, Buy some new rims.

If you are prepared for these things it should be a walk in the park swap. But we were not and had a hellova time today. Took us almost 9 hours to drop and reinstall the new rear end.
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Old 05-08-2011, 08:51 PM
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Default Re: Thought I would share my axle swap exp.

live and learn... thanks for the heads up jason...
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