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Vacuum hub to live axle
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 Posted: Mon Apr 15th, 2019 10:27 am
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Ditching the vacuum hubs in favor of a live axle setup. Parts list is small and readily available.
1. Left and right knuckles
2. Left and right hub bearings
3. Left and right axle shafts




Remove the left and right vacuum hubs, knuckles, and axle shafts. It's very important to cap off the vacuum lines going to the knuckles. Replace with parts listed above. Tourqe all bolts according to specs. For non abs trucks simply cut the abs wire as close to the wheel bearing as possible. 

Parts can be found at any salvage yard or if you choose new any parts supplier. You will parts from a 95-01 explorer or any non vacuum hub ranger with the 2 piece right upper ball joint. I will post more detailed pictures of my conversion as it take place. Stay tuned...



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Which truck are you doing this on, thinking 2000 back ?

I watching, good project !

I would luv to get rid of the Hubs on my '03... not sure there are parts to go manual hubs !

Luck to ya, Ltr !



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2003 EDGE, Std Cab, Steppie, E4 Red, 5sp, 4x
Large Tube Rear Axle, 31 Spline - FX4, 4.56 Gears, OX Locked
5" SuperLift, 33" x 12.50 x 15" BFG ATs,
Hurst Shifter w/Longer Replacement Shift Handle with (Homemade) Mounting Adapter; 1.5" up x 1" back.
Backrack mod'd to fit Steppie, Front and Rear Bumpers by Custom 4x4 Fabrication, OK.
Working on more Mods, just need more time, longer days would work !
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Doing this on my 98



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2006 ranger xlt ext cab 4x4 4.0 auto
1992 ranger xlt reg cab 2wd 2.3 5 spd (SOLD)
1996 explorer Eddie Bauer 5.0 AWD sold
1995 ranger splash reg cab 2wd 2.3 5 spd
2001 Explorer Sport Trac 4.0 4x4 auto
1998 Ranger XLT ext cab 4x4 4.0 auto
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Ok on the '98

Good Luck on your project !



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2003 EDGE, Std Cab, Steppie, E4 Red, 5sp, 4x
Large Tube Rear Axle, 31 Spline - FX4, 4.56 Gears, OX Locked
5" SuperLift, 33" x 12.50 x 15" BFG ATs,
Hurst Shifter w/Longer Replacement Shift Handle with (Homemade) Mounting Adapter; 1.5" up x 1" back.
Backrack mod'd to fit Steppie, Front and Rear Bumpers by Custom 4x4 Fabrication, OK.
Working on more Mods, just need more time, longer days would work !
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And as easy as bolting a few parts on conversion is complete. No modification needed. Live axle swap



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1996 explorer Eddie Bauer 5.0 AWD sold
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2001 Explorer Sport Trac 4.0 4x4 auto
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I need/want to do this on my 98. I know you just finished. follow up if you notice any big difference in driving/fuel economy, please!.

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Driving it handles no different. The only change was a small decrease in fuel mileage. But not enough to worry about. The benefits from this swap are more then the cons. Parts are cheaper easier to find and 4wd works better



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2001 Explorer Sport Trac 4.0 4x4 auto
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I will be doing this. Just replaced the ball joints on my truck and found out all the vacuum lines are rotted out. I wish there was a why to use actual lockers though.

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You can trace out all the lines but it was getting dark so I just capped the by the suspension



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1996 explorer Eddie Bauer 5.0 AWD sold
1995 ranger splash reg cab 2wd 2.3 5 spd
2001 Explorer Sport Trac 4.0 4x4 auto
1998 Ranger XLT ext cab 4x4 4.0 auto
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