97 ranger 4x4 Front Axle Problem

Discussion in '1993 - 1997 Ford Ranger' started by Benjamin447, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. Benjamin447

    Benjamin447 New Member

    I have a 97 Ford Ranger 4x4 4.0l V6 5spd XLT, My problem is I have a Dana 35 front axle and the guy who i bought it from put a dana 28 spindle and there was no bearings in the spindle!! i didn't know this when i bought it but I'm trying to find 2 Dana 35 spindles to fit correctly on the axle and all the right bearings and the right roters. Ford told me they don't make them anymore but is there any aftermarket spindles that fit on the Dana 35? or is there anyway i can get the original dana 35's spindles?
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  3. Hooligan

    Hooligan Rangerholic!!

    Not good! Sounds like a job for members Brinker88 or Red neck stone!
  4. Brinker88

    Brinker88 Black sheep o' the family

    ....First of all, a dana 28 spindle shouldnt have bolted up to the D35 bolt pattern. Secondly, the D35 axle shaft wont fit through the D28 spindle...This thing wasnt drivable, was it? With no bearings in it, it definitely wouldnt be.

    Here's a site I go to for hard to find parts for the ranger.


    The spindles are NOT cheap but if you need them, you need them. Or go to a junkyard like 1,000s of others have done before you. As for bearings, any auto parts store has them in stock, as well as the Spindle bearing/seal and the seal on the back of the rotor/hub assembly.

    Good luck
  5. Redneckstone

    Redneckstone New Member

    ^^ agree this sounds like a major cluster F.... time for SAS

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