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Old 04-07-2010, 07:43 PM
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Get the ones listed for a Ranger at the top of the link...$99. it doesn't matter that you've got a long bed.



"Dumping" is hacking the tailpipe off from behind the muffler, leaving nothing behind the muffler. OR adding a turndown type tip to the mufflers exit is also considered "dumped".



I assumed the 4x4/edge grille was new because it is unpainted. Those mirrors came on 98-00 XLT's with options and they were standard on 01-05 all XLT's.

It's not a Edge or Tremor. Neither came reg cab/long bed. Can I please have you vin?? I've got access to what the dealer has...I wanna look it up. Might be able to pull up the window sticker from the lot too.

265/75r16 or 285/75r16 will fit on those 16x7 explorer wheels with minimal torsion bar cranking. Search the forums for the how-to on cranking torsion bars. The tire guide on the side mentions sizes for 16's.



Just get Bilstein Heavy Duty's. I absolutely love them. You can get 'em for about $240 shipped off ebay. They're the yellow and blue shocks. If you're stuck to Rancho's, there's tons of different model ranchos.....google 'em or check out ebay or rockauto.com. 4wheelparts.com might carry ranchos too.



Jibberish..... Have fun trying to register that overseas Ranger with a diesel here....

It's not an Fx4 anything and it's got way too much wrong with it that makes it NOT an Fx4. There's a preset set of guidelines as to what you can order and to what combination. I've never ever seen anything like what you've got so butchered up(no offense) off the showroom floor. Sorry.



There's a TON more to an Fx4 Ranger.... ALL BLACK interior(exclusive to Fx4), chrome tow hooks, 4.10's f&r, 31spline beefed up rear axle with gear driven limited slip as opposed to clutch limited slip, Bilsteins(up to 07) Ranchos(08-09), black w/ silver trim gauges(04-09), 02-03 got manual transfer case if manual trans, all power options, chrome bumpers, fore/mid/aft skids, extended tcase and axle breathers, standard buckets(black with blue or red insert), 15x7 exclusive Alcoa alloys with 31x10.50 BFG a/t's. Basically, it is the top dawg model. Has everything on it and it's the creme of the crop....packed full of specific stuff.

The fullsizes have little differences, but not as big of a difference between "run of the mill" and the "top dawg" that the ranger has.

I'll get you the VIN tomorrow. Its pooring down raining. I was out puddling jumping in it.

I wish it were a true FX4, I was thinking FX4 Level II was the beefed up everything. I know that on the older F150's it was skid plates, and shocks, and most of those had 3.73. My truck does have limited slip, don't know what kind it has, but its a nice feature. What is odd about my truck is I think someone has messed with the 4x4 on it, as my Powerstroke as it is, only one wheel will spin at a time on the front if it. After so long on my ranger all 4 wheels turn. That is odd to me, because my big truck won't do that.

This truck is butchered, it had a module down by the fuse panel that was causing my O/D Off Light to stay on when I started the truck, making me have to push the button. I found it a few weeks ago when I was cleaning my truck, I unplugged it and down its fine. The box is called a O/D Inverter Box. Someone must have been towing with this truck before I had it.

Thanks for the advice. I am going to try all the things listed here, and maybe I will get my power back on the truck.

I will try the shocks. I just heard its hard to change shocks out. Is that true?

What shocks is on the truck now? Do you know? My buddy with the Z71 said its got some of the best shocks hes seen. I've pulled a few cars with this ranger, and some heavy loads more then I needed to be pulling with it, and it refuses to squat down.

Ball Joints are they very hard to replace? I am pretty sure I need some new ones on this truck.

Again FX4wannabe thanks for all the advice and help! Keep it coming I really appreciate it, and you aren't offending me, I am kind of offended because it would appear I have been lied to quite a bit.

However I was told by a Ford Rep that came to the dealership, that he could get me anything I wanted anyway I wanted it.
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Old 04-07-2010, 08:21 PM
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Cool on the VIN. And if you don't feel comfortable posting it publically, please feel free to send me a private message(PM).


It's open front axle...not LS. When mine was open front and rear, I'd be spinning all 4(or 2 in 2wd) when on loose stuff. It's not uncommon to have power to both wheels in an open differential axle. I used to make people think I had a locker way before I actually put on in it. lol.


Shocks are in no-way a hard thing to install. Front's can be a little tricky, but not really. I like to pull off the wheel and slip it in and bolt the bottom down. Then up top, I'd set the truck on it's own weight, then tighten the nut up. You will need a small socker or allen wrench to hold the shaft still while your doing your final torquing because it will spin on ya.


I assume you've got just plain jane gas filled shocks that come on all rangers stock(but Fx4LII's). Ford calls them "heavy duty shocks". Squat won't have anything to do with shocks....shocks just control the springs on the bumps....springs are what determine squat/sag/etc. Shocks just kinda stay ther. Coil-over shocks are a totally different thing. lol.


Ball joints aren't that bad. Uppers require a new a-arm so that's the spendy part. BUT...if you get MOOG uppers, those BJ's are replaceable. So next time around, all you need to do is just buy new joints instead of arm w/ built in joint. Lowers aren't bad. I think they're super easy. Just getting to them is the most difficult(removing the steering knuckle) but if you're mechanically inclined and have worked on suspension before, this should be gravy.


Good good....I'm glad I'm not offending you. lol. I know a couple things I've said I did sorta feel bad about(hacked up pos, frankenstein, etc. LOL!). I get that sometimes about my truck.....I laugh. I know it's a frankenstein!! lol. I'm glad to help. And make sure to let us know how things end up.


That Ford rep = trying to sell you a new truck...telling you what you wanna hear to sign on the dotted line.


Most of the time....nobody really does what i've done here in this thread. lol. I guess you scored some points with the Fx4 w/ 3.73s with me! lol. Glad to answer your questions. Just remember for next time or after our convo is done here or whatever, feel free to use that search button up top. There's alot of things covered in this small, but growing everyday community.
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Old 04-07-2010, 09:13 PM
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Which ones most commonly go out on the ball joints? I hear a sound that sounds like a old bed squeaking sort of when I hit certain bumps.

I knew coil overs were different. My buddy has springs put on his to help raise the truck up a bit, and it did work, and it helped a bit.

As for squating, my buddys chevy does a lot when he hauls small things even. Kind of crappy. I am not a fan of Chevrolet. We got a few of them at work, and they are JUNK. I will never own anything but Ford.

If people wanna call my truck names let them. I love it. A lot of people do weird things to there vehicles, us jacking them up, putting bigger tires on it shouldn't be all that uncommon nor weird.

I'd like to get a locker on the rear, and front if possible. I am not mechanically inclined on gas motors or suspension. I am great on diesels but gas isn't my cup of tea. I will be trying to save money but I'll end having to at least get my ball joints installed some where else. I believe I can change the transmission fluid and do the rest of the work to it, with the exception of a few things here and there. I was told that even if someone did add those Explorer Wheels that they spent a good penny on them, and not only that they are a fine set of rims. They have nothing on them, no nicks or anything.

I don't want to dump a lot of money in this all at once, but I'd like to know how easy a locker is to install. My truck does have LIMITED SLIP AXEL. That much I know as I seen it on the VIN. I'll get that VIN for you, not ashamed to post it up. The parts department printed me out a sheet telling me what my truck has. I was meaning to take more pictures, but its been raining today. I will get some tomorrow weather is looking clear for then.

Thank you. I did use the Search problem is it never works for me, and when it does its a pain browsing through. I am glad you have taken the time out to explain, as the information I have found here on some post anyway has been sketchy. I appreciate that a lot I believe I've seen your truck on youtube before I ever posted here, and I do admire it a whole lot. I like manuals, mine was a cheap deal so I jumped on it, its auto. All my trucks are.

I got some neat toys to be as young as I am, and I am glad to come here to this community and share my pictures, and experiences...

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Old 04-07-2010, 09:36 PM
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Lowers tend to go out first. The squeaking could be tons of things.....shocks, a-arm bushings, tie rod ends, etc. Usually, by 80k, lower bj's should be done.


I hear ya on name calling. I love it. haha. I join right in with it. She's got tons of names....all of which i will not take the time to type out right now. lol.


Forgot to mention earlier, you've got a Ford Tracloc limited slip. It uses clutches as the friction maker and they do wear out over time. By 100k, it should probably be slipping and need rebuilt. Slipping isn't a bad thing at all....it won't be like the truck is broke....it'd just make the axle drive and act just like an open differential.


If you could, would you mind putting the camera on macro mode(close up shot mode), and taking a picture of the door jamb sticker? That'd tell me alot more a bout the truck too.
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Old 04-09-2010, 10:08 AM
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I will be uploading all tonight or later today. I've got a full on video. I haven't forgot just been really busy, sorry.

As for the squeaking, its more noticable when the front in hits a bump evenly, generally one pot hole doesn't cause it. My drive way bump is just enough to make the sound, in which its not really what I'd call a squeak. Its more of a sound of metal rubbing dry metal, I don't know how to really describe it, but its barely noticeable.

I am going to replace the bottom set first.

Check back here for pictures later, and I got that VIN to!. I took some still pictures of the door jam, where the sticker is. A nice piece of information to know is I did replace wheel bearings on both sides, and my performance was horrible before I did get them replaced, ( Have no clue why). I also ended up replacing my harmonic balancer. It was a new design by Ford, (the one I had on it broke off, and then the second one I got out of a junk yard, broke off as well.

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Old 04-09-2010, 10:12 PM
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New Pictures + VIN you wanted + a walk around video. Today I replaced the fan clutch, got a little bit of power back. i still cannot explain the weird lose jerky feeling in the rear end.



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Old 04-09-2010, 10:13 PM
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Old 04-09-2010, 10:14 PM
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Old 04-09-2010, 11:00 PM
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Old 04-10-2010, 08:16 PM
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FX4 did u get the VIN from the pictures?
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