9\" Rear ?\'s
First off, I am swapping a full width Dana 44 and Ford 9" into my Explorer. I was at the junkyard today and found a few 9" rear axles. I was planning on just getting the 44 & 9" from the same 78-79 Bronco or F150, but I can get this 9" for next to nothing. So my question is: What are the differences in the Ford 9" axle in a '83 F150, '81 F150, and the typical 78-79 F150/Broncos. (ie: width, brakes, etc.)
I have talked to a few people and they said that there was no difference in any of them. I just want to make sure before I buy it. One more question, does it matter what gears are in it currently? I know that some axles have different carriers that might need to be swapped out if it was changed to 4.88s (That's the ratio I'm going with). I know that the tag on the axle should say the current ratio, but it was too dirty to see the numbers. The '83's axle code on the door said 16, and the '81's code was 13. The only problem is I can't seem to find those codes on the internet.
If it turns out that I can use the axle out of one of those, I will be pulling it on Monday. Thanks for the help. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]