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what kind of diff do i have?

its a 97lx with 3.8 v6. wondering about the details of this diff.

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check the diff code on you door sill sticker then SEARCH. The codes have been posted somewhere, just can't remember ATM.

EDIT: http://tccoa.com/articles/gears/gears.html I don't know if these codes apply to the 7.5 and the 8.8 or just the 8.8. Remember to search the Articles when doing your research before posting. I got this page as an answer to a question I posted a couple months ago. It is about 15 entries below your post.

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You have a 7.5" with 3.27 gears. You probably don't have trac-lok, but it's always possible.

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the only thing i saw was axel. and under that it said F5. under R it said H. under TR it said L.

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I do believe that you have a Trac -Lok .Being that you have a L

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whats trac lock?

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The axle code is a one digit letter or number so F5 is not valid. If you have an F it is 3.45 open gears. If it is 5 then it is 3.27 open gears. I have never heard of factory 3.45 gears in an MN12.
The axle code will not tell you if it is 8.8" or 7.5", although most N/A V6's got 7.5's. I think I remember reading that the 97's had a higher chance of having an 8.8 because they were trying to use up all the parts before shutting down the manufacturing of the MN12. The only way to tell for sure is to crawl under it and look at it.

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i doubled checked. it says F5 for the axel code.

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i doubled checked. it says F5 for the axel code.
Weird. Well, the only way to know for sure is to get under your car and visually ID it by the numbers on the Tag.
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i doubled checked. it says F5 for the axel code.

Post a pic of your door sticker if u can

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Weird. Well, the only way to know for sure is to get under your car and visually ID it by the numbers on the Tag.
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Weird. Well, the only way to know for sure is to get under your car and visually ID it by the numbers on the Tag.
Yes, and by looking at your cover you'll see down on the lower right it will say "8.8" or "7.5".
This pic showing "8.8" for reference:


The metal tag with the ratio will more than likely be up higher on the cover and much harder to see....and that's still not an absolute guarantee as to what's inside. Sometimes people do weird things like changing the ratio and keeping the stock tag in place.

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well its 7.5 which i figured. i just cant figure out the F5 axel code. Or if it has trac lok or not.

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F5

My references say F5 is 7.5", could be one of two ratios, 4.10 or 3.55, most likely 3.55:1, cause the 4.10 comes in trucks with the F5 code. And yes, trac-lok (Ford's posi).
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It's a non T-lok 3.27 rear end.

...unless your car was the only T-bird ever to be produced with a factory 3.55 gear or the 10.25" dually solid axle.

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