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Unread 12-28-2012, 07:30 PM   #1
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Ford explorer sport trac axle swap

Hey guys I just ran across an 2001 Explorer Sport Trac with a d2 axle which would match my Wrangler 4.10 gears. Is it identical to the 95-2002 Explorer D2 axle in width and 31 spline that I have been looking for an axle swap? Or should I pass and wait for one off a true Explorer?
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Unread 12-29-2012, 08:52 AM   #2
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Does it have drum brakes?
It probably has the 28 spline axle shafts.
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Unread 12-29-2012, 11:32 AM   #3
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..It probably has the 28 spline axle shafts.
Why would you suspect that?

I'd think it has 31 spline shafts since its pretty much an Exploder, but I cannot say for sure.
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http://www.jeepsunlimited.com/forums...d.php?t=371713

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Explorer SportTracs with production dates of August 19, 2002 through June 29, 2005 are equipped with 31-spline axles and rear disc brakes and are exactly what was in the previously listed 95-2001 Explorer.
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Unread 12-29-2012, 12:00 PM   #5
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Info from another forum says 2001 Sport Trac will be 31 spline, drum brakes, and identical to the Explorer axle.

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...d.php?t=100932

I believe this is true, but I cannot confirm.
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Unread 12-29-2012, 04:39 PM   #6
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Why would you suspect that?

I'd think it has 31 spline shafts since its pretty much an Exploder, but I cannot say for sure.
I should have noted that it was just a guess, based on this write up:

http://www.jeepsunlimited.com/forums...d.php?t=371713

Which states:

Before Aug 19, 2002, the Sport Tracs were equipped with the smaller 28-spline 8.8 axle shafts and used drum brakes.

Your link says other wise. Only 1 way to tell. Crack it open and count the splines.
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Only 100% foolproof way is to count the splines before you buy.
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Unread 12-31-2012, 08:46 AM   #8
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What is the difference between 28 and 31 axle spline count if the ratio is still 4.10? Just a little stronger?
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Unread 12-31-2012, 09:18 AM   #10
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Good to know, I will hold out for a D2 from an Explorer then.
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