This 2019 Ford Ranger FX4 has an open front differential


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welds can save weight. a robot can do it. bolts have heads that stick up, so welds eliminate that. welds are easier to balance if needed. less machining, no holes and threads. its faster.

just a few. but i could be wrong on all lol
Sounds about right.

I wonder why they didn't switch to this method decades ago.
 


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A google search says they can lose almost a kilo of rotating mass and unsprung weight by doing that. I see no other advantage other than a guy can’t screw up the bolt torque during assembly.

Sounds about right.

I wonder why they didn't switch to this method decades ago.
Because it is much more expensive to repair and most trucks have more than one ratio for an option.
 

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Well, it looks like either one needs to get in good with a machine shop or do a complete carrier swap if they every want to regear...
 

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Well, it looks like either one needs to get in good with a machine shop or do a complete carrier swap if they every want to regear...
With no gear options I wonder how easy a regear is to reprogram...
 

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Well, it looks like either one needs to get in good with a machine shop or do a complete carrier swap if they every want to regear...
if someone tried to weld this at home or in a shop they will end up destroying the gear. Its hard enough to get the weld right with the laser welder, too much heat will make the gear too brittle.
 
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This 2019 Ford Ranger has a locking rear differential, but the front differential is open. It's not even a limited slip. It appears the only option for the rear in any Ranger is an open differential, or a locking differential.

My 2010 Ford F-350 FX4 Super Duty had front and rear Trac-Lok (limited slip) differentials, and I really expected the same or more on a 2019 Ranger. My Super Duty felt like it had front and rear lockers when you took it off-road in 4WD.
F150 is the same. As far as I know, so are the SuperDuties.
 

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I count 10 bolts, not the required 8. of course the pic may be just a typical representation.
Could be. Not sure. Certainly worth checking out before ordering.
 

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FX4 isn't what it used to be. No longer a stand alone trim, only a package.
 


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