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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-19-2008 Thread Starter
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Mustang Rear-end codes

*Foxchassis helped with this thread some info is from him*

If you are wondering what type of rearend or even what size it is this should help. You can find the axle code on the tag that is mounted directly on the axle housing. Another sopt is a white sticker located in the doorjamb there is either a number or letter under axle. Conventional or "open" rear ends break down as follows: 8-2.73, Y-3.08, 5-3.27, F-3.45, 6-3.73. Locking or "Traction Lok" break down as follows M-2.73, Z-3.08, E-3.27, R-3.45, W-3.73.

'79 5.0L Mustangs and Capris did not have Traction-Lok. Traction-Lok was first available in Mustangs and Capris in the '81 model year, and it was optional with the V8, not standard. It became standard with the 5.0L V8 (still optional with the 4.2L v8) starting in the '82 model year.

5.0L mustangs and Capris could not be ordered with a ratio higher than 3.27:1.

There was a 2.26:1 and a 2.47:1 ratio available with a V8 early in the Fox years.

Thunderbird Turbocoupes in '87 and '88 had an 8.8" rear, 3.55:1 with a manual transmission and 3.73:1 with an auto.

Lincoln Mark VII's came with an 8.8" rear, Traction Lok was an option

The only Mercury Cougar that came with an 8.8" rear was the XR7 models and was a Traction Lok with at least a 3.08 gear all others were 7.5"

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Great info. This'll help out a lot of people.

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thanks for the info. very informative
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Do you happen to know if Explorer's have the same axle codes as the Mustangs. Thanks.
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Do you happen to know if Explorer's have the same axle codes as the Mustangs.
The door codes, no.

The axle tags, yes, somewhat. But those codes were not covered in this topic.
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thank you for that info...very helpful.. now i gotta wait till morning when it's light out to go see what I got..haha
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thank you for that info...very helpful.. now i gotta wait till morning when it's light out to go see what I got..haha
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Great Stuff!!
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wow just to see i went and checked out what gears I had in my 88 2.3 it came up as 6 so i guess i have 3.73s
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I just went out to check my door tag and when previous owner had it painted they tore off the door tag
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Thanks alot man. First thing tommorrow morning, I'm going to check. I'm pretty positive I have 3.73, or atleast thats what I was told when I bought the car.
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Awesome thanks been wondering what damn gears i had in the back so i could fix my speedo since i put a 140 mph in it !
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I recently bought an automatic 91 5.0 LX convertible and the previous owner told me those came with a weak 2.25 gear for better mpg on highway.

Anyone here know about that? I can say it surely is weak but won't be for much longer with a 4.10 in it I hope
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No such animal as 2.25:1 ratio. There was a 2.26:1 ratio only in '80 and '81 and only with the 4.2L V8.

The only ratios available for a '91 5.0L/AOD were 2.73:1 and 3.27:1. The former was standard and the later was optional.
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