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    Default 1998 ranger build

    So last week I bought this 98 ext 4x4 ranger to start building, had a few Cherokees took a few trips and decided I don't want an SUV anymore so here we are the day I bought it. 176xxx miles v6 4.0 with a 3" body lift and an open 8.8 with 3.73s

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    So I cleaned the cab, and put the cargo rack in the back that used to go in my xjs, and it fits perfectly

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    Today I went to get new wheels and tires for it because those weren't holding air. Half way into the 45min ride my back driver blew out.... it's not an adventure if something goes wrong right? So I had the guy meet me and we bolted the new ones on on the side of the road, so here I am

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    Just need a new exhaust and my check engine light will go away. It needed an alt so I put a new 130amp in it for the future, and at the moment Its just getting driven while I look for a commercial cap with a back door to start the fun. Eventually I'll build bumpers and sliders, put a basket on the roof to even out with the taller cap I want and some other goodies. On the plus side it has a radiator and gas tank skid, I just need to update some of the suspension stuff first and it'll be good to go by spring

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    as a fellow ranger owner, you should know lift options are scarce and pricey when you find them, its a bummer I know

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    Personally, I like Ranger pickups have been running a '94, 2wd 5 speed on road and camping for more than a decade trouble free.
    If I remember correctly yours has the torsion bars in front, instead of coils, so lifts larger than an inch and a half or so (torsion bar twist) are more of an issue than with the older coil sprung models; very similar to my 2003 Explorer Sport, suspension wise.
    Stock; the biggest off road (easy trails) issue with mine has been the small (24") tires and abysmal (3.08) gear ratio. (found some 4.10 geared differentials and axles, for my explorer) in the local scrap yard relatively cheap. I may switch the old Ford 8.8, 3.73 geared axle from the Explorer into the Ranger, if I decide to keep it. I find it difficult to get rid of an utterly reliable, very useful vehicle. The better gear ratio, stronger 31 spline axle, would let me run tires in the 31 inch range (with the added benefits of rear disk brakes).

    Enjoy!
    Moderate trail off road vehicle; 2006 TJ Rubicon, 4.10s, 4:1 low range, OEM lockers, 32" MTs...
    For DD & "civilized" camping; 2003 Ford Explorer Sport, 2dr, 4wd, 4.10s, ARB rear, Torsen front, 32" MTs...
    Ground tents work best for me so far...
    Experience along with properly set up 4WD will get you to & through places (on existing, approved 4WD trails) that 4WD, alone, can't get to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Joe View Post
    Personally, I like Ranger pickups have been running a '94, 2wd 5 speed on road and camping for more than a decade trouble free.
    If I remember correctly yours has the torsion bars in front, instead of coils, so lifts larger than an inch and a half or so (torsion bar twist) are more of an issue than with the older coil sprung models; very similar to my 2003 Explorer Sport, suspension wise.
    Stock; the biggest off road (easy trails) issue with mine has been the small (24") tires and abysmal (3.08) gear ratio. (found some 4.10 geared differentials and axles, for my explorer) in the local scrap yard relatively cheap. I may switch the old Ford 8.8, 3.73 geared axle from the Explorer into the Ranger, if I decide to keep it. I find it difficult to get rid of an utterly reliable, very useful vehicle. The better gear ratio, stronger 31 spline axle, would let me run tires in the 31 inch range (with the added benefits of rear disk brakes).

    Enjoy!
    my 02 came with 8.8 with 4.10 and an LSD with the front torsion bars, I love the thing- so far it's only gotten stuck in 3 inches of slush on ice, a good set of tires and its an animal

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02rangeredge View Post
    as a fellow ranger owner, you should know lift options are scarce and pricey when you find them, its a bummer I know
    I know, I think I'll live with the body lift while I save my penny's haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Joe View Post
    Personally, I like Ranger pickups have been running a '94, 2wd 5 speed on road and camping for more than a decade trouble free.
    If I remember correctly yours has the torsion bars in front, instead of coils, so lifts larger than an inch and a half or so (torsion bar twist) are more of an issue than with the older coil sprung models; very similar to my 2003 Explorer Sport, suspension wise.
    Stock; the biggest off road (easy trails) issue with mine has been the small (24") tires and abysmal (3.08) gear ratio. (found some 4.10 geared differentials and axles, for my explorer) in the local scrap yard relatively cheap. I may switch the old Ford 8.8, 3.73 geared axle from the Explorer into the Ranger, if I decide to keep it. I find it difficult to get rid of an utterly reliable, very useful vehicle. The better gear ratio, stronger 31 spline axle, would let me run tires in the 31 inch range (with the added benefits of rear disk brakes).

    Enjoy!
    I'm on 31s now, came from jeeps with d30 fronts and c8.25 rears. They were good with me on 33s at about 4000 lbs loaded. I'm hunting for a newer 410 lsd 8.8 and matching front diff. I do have torsions but not for long rangers are a new thing to me but that's the whole point i think

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    Nothing important happened today, pulled the danger one from an exo I was running at work and my lovely lady snagged the other 2 for me from her work, she saved em from the trash and I'm more than happy to recycle them

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