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Howdy all. I have a 2008 Ranger XP i bought used last day in October of 2009. After I got it I have drained every fluid, replaced oil filter, air filter and put on new epi belt. It has always made a clunking noise from the rear-end when I change directions, unless I ease on the throttle so gently to take up the slack as nott o hear it hit. A person who has had rangers, razors, rhinos, etc... said it was normal and they, Rangers, all made this noise. Is this the case? How much revolution should I have on the drive shaft back in forth while in neutral? I just want to make sure and not get stuck in the wild. After I am moving it does not make any noise I can hear and runs great. Thanks!

 

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They all make a bit of a clunk when you put it in gear. Its normal as long as its not a real loud clunk. Its hard to diagnose things like this without hearing them.
 

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Thanks for the reply. I have a shop manual but it does not give me any tolerances unless I pull the rear for inspection. I just wondered if anyone could give me the drive shaft rotation back and forth while in neutral. I will measure mine this afternoon and post for comparison.
 

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btw Curt. Did your 09 come with struts or the upper/lower control arms? Mine has struts so long travel is not a very valid option. I do have Walker Evans shocks and strust with all new springs coming though. I figure with that and the 2" spacers I will be pretty stable. Aslo using 2" lift instead of three and 25" tires. Not the ground clearnce some have put I will sacrifice this for stability. Rolling this thing over scares the bajessus out of me :?
 

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glenwhitt said:
Thanks for the reply. I have a shop manual but it does not give me any tolerances unless I pull the rear for inspection. I just wondered if anyone could give me the drive shaft rotation back and forth while in neutral. I will measure mine this afternoon and post for comparison.
Im not sure what you are looking for. The drive shaft ritation while in neutral? It will roll until you quite pushing it. Do you mean when in park?
 

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btw Curt. Did your 09 come with struts or the upper/lower control arms? Mine has struts so long travel is not a very valid option. I do have Walker Evans shocks and strust with all new springs coming though. I figure with that and the 2" spacers I will be pretty stable. Aslo using 2" lift instead of three and 25" tires. Not the ground clearnce some have put I will sacrifice this for stability. Rolling this thing over scares the bajessus out of me :?
09 was the first year for dual arm fronts. I have seen some real nice long travel setups on your style, but they are quite expensive. They are pretty stable in stock form, you have to push it to roll them. Believe me I know, I rolled my 05, but it was an extreme situation. I wouldn't go over 2" OF lift myself.
 

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Thanks for the info. It is pretty stable with the 2" lift and 2" wheel spacers with the 25" tires. I do not wish to go more. I am hoping the Walker Evans kit will make the ride a bit smoother on the hard stuff :)
 

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glenwhitt said:
btw Curt. Did your 09 come with struts or the upper/lower control arms? Mine has struts so long travel is not a very valid option. I do have Walker Evans shocks and strust with all new springs coming though. I figure with that and the 2" spacers I will be pretty stable. Aslo using 2" lift instead of three and 25" tires. Not the ground clearnce some have put I will sacrifice this for stability. Rolling this thing over scares the bajessus out of me :?
09 was the first year for dual arm fronts. I have seen some real nice long travel setups on your style, but they are quite expensive. They are pretty stable in stock form, you have to push it to roll them. Believe me I know, I rolled my 05, but it was an extreme situation. I wouldn't go over 2" OF lift myself.
Forgot to reply back on this one. When I have it in nuetral and reach in the back I can grab the drive shaft and rotate it back and forthe while feeling and hearing it engage the rearend. I realize there is slack in all rearends, including my truck, but I am not sure how much should be on the Ranger is all. Thanks
 

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If you inspected your rear end and there was something wrong there would be other signs usually. When my pinion nut came loose the front pinion seal started leaking bad and when driving and let off gas I could feel like a slapping from rear end. I have saw others on here with patrs hanging out. :shock: :roll:
Like Curt said they do make some noise, I would look over good and keep an eye on it but sounds like normal noise and rear end slop to me.
The older rear ends tend to leak out axle seals a little until replaced with a better seal.
 
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