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Old 04-05-2010, 10:20 PM
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I've done the throttle cable mod, but sometimes my truck acts like it hasn't got the power. Sometimes I can plant my foot all the way to the floor and it will take off like a bat out of hell, other times I can floor it, and it barely go at all, sometimes its delayed. What could this be? It could need new spark plugs (I've not changed them since I've owned the truck). I replaced the Harmonic Balancer, with a new one that Ford resigned for whatever reason. I've got no leaks, I've changed the oil. I had a K&N but it was dirty so I took it out, and put in a brand new paper filter (for now). I've taken the throttle body off its been cleaned, still no change. Right now I can't even power break it, and make it smoke the tires, it just sits there. A few months ago before performance started to drop I could floor it from a dead stop with instant power, and instant throttle response, and it'd lay down rubber without having to power break it.

Its got a fairly new fuel filter on it, I put Mobile 1 5W30 Synthetic in it. All the fluids are fine, the truck idles. The only thing I did that made a change to how it sounds, was removing the muffler off. I don't know if maybe by doing this maybe it removed the required back pressure needed or what.

Its a 2004 Ford Ranger FX4 (4.0L) 8 foot bed, automatic 5 speed. Car Fax does report it had a tranny put in it at some point during its life time. VIN numbers at the Ford deal ship state it is a true FX4 special ordered with 16 inch rims, 3.73 Gear Ratio, 4x4. Its got tranny cooling lines (I believe), could be 4x4 cooling or something. It is base on the inside, no power windows or none of that.

When I say hesitation, its not a sputter or nothing, its just not instant power, its like its delayed a second. Which is odd to me. Is there any real actual good methods to cleaning the inside of the motor via liquids, perhaps seafoam, or fuel treatments? Anything anyone can recommend in those areas, that have tried and seen improvements?


What else could cause this loss of power? What can I do to get it back?

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Old 04-05-2010, 11:24 PM
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Run the motorcraft PM3 stuff through it. it's hardcore injector and intake cleaner. About $10 a bottle or so from Ford and I believe it's a 3 part process. Similar to Seafoam but alot more effective. Toss in Motorcraft double platinum plugs gapped to spec. IMO...it needs plugs anyway. Even if Ford says they're 100k plugs, by 70k, there should be new ones installed.

Please......put a muffler back on it. What's your system setup like right now? You just hacked the muffler out and put in a filler piece of tube? Or did you just hack the muffler and tailpipe out and left it? That's a HUGE powerloss and fuel consumption adder if it's dumped with no tailpipe to the back.

A thought....catylatic converter clog? You throwing any codes? How long has it been since the auto trans was flushed and new filter installed?







Sidenote: 6' bed. No Fx4 had 3.73's. All Fx4's had power options(locks, windows, mirrors). Unless it's a really really really weird special order truck. I've NEVER seen anywhere the truck you're discribing. Mind posting pics and the vin? I'm intrigued.
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Old 04-05-2010, 11:58 PM
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Run the motorcraft PM3 stuff through it. it's hardcore injector and intake cleaner. About $10 a bottle or so from Ford and I believe it's a 3 part process. Similar to Seafoam but alot more effective. Toss in Motorcraft double platinum plugs gapped to spec. IMO...it needs plugs anyway. Even if Ford says they're 100k plugs, by 70k, there should be new ones installed.

Please......put a muffler back on it. What's your system setup like right now? You just hacked the muffler out and put in a filler piece of tube? Or did you just hack the muffler and tailpipe out and left it? That's a HUGE powerloss and fuel consumption adder if it's dumped with no tailpipe to the back.

A thought....catylatic converter clog? You throwing any codes? How long has it been since the auto trans was flushed and new filter installed?







Sidenote: 6' bed. No Fx4 had 3.73's. All Fx4's had power options(locks, windows, mirrors). Unless it's a really really really weird special order truck. I've NEVER seen anywhere the truck you're discribing. Mind posting pics and the vin? I'm intrigued.

Its very weird special order truck. It was ordered fleet, and it does have 3.73's in it, it has rancho shocks on it, and in the VIN which was ran through a parts department at a Ford Dealership they said it was.

I had a pipe ran through it, its still got a tail pipe that shoots out the back, just no muffler. I had a "Thrust Welded" on it, and it was okay sounding, but this is a bit better sounding then that, it doesn't even sound ricey when I get on it.

No codes being thrown at all. The engine idles great. I probably could use a tranny flush. I've got the friction modified from motorcraft in both the rear, and tranny fluid, as recommended by FORD, you know that crap that smells so awful.

I don't believe in flushing the transmission per-say, but I am sure it could use a fluid change. I know for a fact that my front seal where my front Drive shaft for my 4x4 connects into the front differential, there is a leak around that seal, but very minor, and I've been keeping a good eye on it, and it only leaks when I use 4x4 a whole lot.

I do got a slapping sound in my rear end from the drive shaft, sounds like metal clunking together when I press on the gas to speed up or something, if I just tap the gas a bunch I can hear it slap, but its been there since I owned the truck. It went away for a bit when I greased it, and put a zip-tie back on, but it only worked for a bit.

This truck has some pretty heavy duty options on it that are all FORD parts. The dealership that I use to work for told me this truck was a special order, and a rare breed to be seen around.

The reason I haven't changed the plugs as its a pain the ass. I have brand new plugs for it. I can't get to one of them, and actually turn it, and I was afraid I was going to break it when I did get it turn. So I gave up, and the local repair shops are quoting me 110 just to change my damn plugs. I think that is stupid considering I have the plugs.

As far as gap goes, what gap do they need to be at? They are the best motor craft you can buy for this truck, had to order them at advanced auto.

This isn't my only truck. I have a Powerstroke Ford Diesel 6.4L Diesel. The trucks at my work are all fleet 2.3L we use for parts, we do have a few 4.0L and none of them seem to have issues.

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Old 04-06-2010, 12:53 AM
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I've VERY interested in seeing some pics of this "phantom" truck. lol. What an ODD truck it is! I'd love to see interior pic, front quarter pic, rear quarter pic, the door jamb sticker, the works. I can PM you my email if you don't want to publically post them. But I really really am interested in seeing more of this truck. I have a thing for oddities and you sir, have one. lol. FWIW, rancho's wern't stock until '08, so a previous owner must've added those.


Good about exhaust. If it was missing the muffler and everything after, that's the cause of all your power problems. Tailpipes are good for these trucks, mufflers are good, and I think that's a non-issue for the truck. At least you've got a full pipe system. lol.


The pinion seal....I wouldn't be worried about it. It won't cause any issues...just top it off every oil change and see if the seepage gets progressively worse. It'll dribble whenever....everything inside it(differential/axles) are spinning 24-7 because the truck has live axle hubs on it.


Fresh fluid in tranny and changed often = a happy long lasting tranny. ford calls for 30k intervals if I remember correctly. Alot of tranny failures are because nobody flushed 'em for 100k. lol. The reason I brought it up too....i'm a manual guy. We also run ATF in our trans. When the fluid is cold, it's thick....when it gets warm, it gets thin and when it's thin, issues arise like a bad synchro. No issue when cold...issue when warm. Might be something similar happening in the auto. I honestly don't know.


Ah yes....the imfamous 'slap-bump' these ranger's have. You did mention you took that rear shaft apart and regreased it.....but it takes a sorta special grease to be long lasting. I really can't point you anywhere on what grease it is...ford may be able to help. OR....grab a set of James Duff traction bars. I loooooooooooooove them and they greatly improve traction on all surfaces. Well worth their price. With it installed, the "slap-bump" that's common on these 1 piece rear shaft trucks will be eliminated: http://www.jamesduff.com/broncoII/tracbar.html

Could possibly be a u-joint issue too.....when those rear shaft ujoints go, they'll squeek and make a sorta "hollow chirp" when starting from a stop at low speeds. Higher speeds, engine and wind and tire noise hide the squeel. Oh...the rear-most joint is the one that goes first.


I don't remember the gap spec right now. It should be on a sticker on your radiator core support. I wanna say it's .060-.068. Don't quote me, I honestly don't remember exactly what the spec is right now.


Back to your power issues.... have you checked if the mechanical fan clutch isn't froze? That's be alot of resistance on the motor if it were to be froze up. Have you noticed if the loss of power is when the engine is nice and warm, or while it's cold? If you figure out the conditions when it's gutless and the conditions when it's got balls, it'd probably help dial down where the issue may be. Have you had Ford or another shop take a peek at it and drive it??






I know this sorta jumped around but it looks like you're alot like me. Mind a goin' crazy spittin' out words. haha! My truck has it's good days and it's bad days....she's sure got a personality. Rocketship one day, lawnmower the next. And the oddness of your truck, i'm sure she's got a good personality like mine too. haha.
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Old 04-06-2010, 04:53 AM
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Yeah your problem sounds like your injectors, just clean them like Fx4wannabe01 stated earlier. It could also be a compression problem had that with my 3.0 before i swapped the motor out. Since its not bogging i highly doubt its the fuel pump. Maybe clean the air filter aswell while your working on it. And just to be sure check your mass airflow that might cause some of it.
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Old 04-06-2010, 11:23 AM
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Pictures and videos. The stickers say 15inch but I've went all over the place talked to previous owners and all, and they both told me the truck never had rims added. So for it to actually have 16inch rims is a little odd. I did however find that someone had a Fifth Wheel welded in it at some point. The welds are still in the bed, along with a few wholes.

FX4 stickers are stock on the side, guy told me it was on there when he ordered it. I talked to him today after reading your post FX4wannabe. As for rachos he said the dealer put some shocks on it back in early 08. (I've owned the truck through 09), so if they added rachno's that'd be sweet. I have no idea what I am looking for but I just assumed FX4 was ranchos. He said it had skid plates on it, some where down the line someone gutted it, because it was also missing the towing package on it, (I had to put one back on it).

I am going to give the tranny fluid a change a try, is the filter hard to change on it? If its not I may be trying that sometime this coming week.

I am very curious about my ranger. I love this truck. I own a Powerstroke but this is by far the most fun truck I've got. It out does my buddys Z71 at everything, and his truck is obviously a full size truck.


The 99$ traction bars are the best ones for my truck right?

I am looking to put some bigger tires on it, and maybe lift the body up off the ground. I looked at the tire section, and I didn't understand the 16x8 thing. Does that mean 16inch rim? whats the x whatever number mean exactly? If I don't have to lift the truck an awful lot I'll just put some big mud tires, I'd like to make the tires stick out a little bit.

My truck does seem to have days where it will roast the tires down the road, and days where it just embarrasses me. I will take some pictures this afternoon, or tomorrow and get them up. Hopefully someone can pin point me in exactly what I have. I know the skid plates did exist on this truck, and I know the right now the stock rim is a 16inch RIM, which is what came on the truck. I know that it didn't have tow hooks on it, but it is a high possibility that someone stole those as well when they robbed the skid plates off it.

Anyways going to go down to the Ford Dealership later and pick up some cleaner, what is the exact name of the cleaner motorcraft PM3?

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Old 04-06-2010, 04:37 PM
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Pictures Chris, pictures. lol. I can decode that truck visually, and/or figure out what's weird with it. lol. If it's not a level II, the base Fx4's got 16's stock...none came with 15's.


Those Duff bars are the most economical bars for these trucks. They're stupid simple in design and do their job very well and don't limit travel at all.....I still can't get my truck to tetter on 3 or 2 wheels with them. lol.


Motorcraft Carburetor Tune-Up (Part Number PM-3). Click here for lots of info. Less than $10 per bottle from the Dealer. Can be purchased from www.tascafordparts.com too for cheaper(less than $30 shipped to you door for 3). The TSB says run 3 cans and change plugs and oil immediately after.


The 16x8......is simply wheel size....16" diameter, 8" wide. x = by. Like lumbar...2x4, 2x6, etc... Search the boards for ideas on tire sizes and such. I'd do 285/75R16's or 305/70R16's(if body lifted) if you keep it to 16's. It's cheaper to just go with 15's. like a 15x8 w/ 4" backspace or so. Put it on 32x11.50's or 33x12.50's if you body lift it.




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Yeah your problem sounds like your injectors, just clean them like Fx4wannabe01 stated earlier. It could also be a compression problem had that with my 3.0 before i swapped the motor out. Since its not bogging i highly doubt its the fuel pump. Maybe clean the air filter aswell while your working on it. And just to be sure check your mass airflow that might cause some of it.
YUP! I encourage all this. CRC Mass Airflow Cleaner is what I used at every oil change to keep my MAF nice and clean. About $5 a can and lasts a while...can be purchased at your local auto parts store. It's a GREAT product because it's safe on plastics and our MAF's are plastic.
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Old 04-06-2010, 08:12 PM
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Alright I do got a video will upload and I have some older shots of the truck, nothing really changed about it I don't suppose. Will upload them and take some fresh shots and a full video of the truck a walk around if you will. It will be on an iPhone. I don't got a camera other then the iPhone.

Spacers will make the wheels set out more. I'd like to avoid putting a lift on it at all for now, and just go with a bigger tire. I like my rims they are very nice and clean no nicks or scratches so I'd like to keep them. I don't know exactly what size I can go on it though, as I still don't understand the chart exactly, but whatever it is, it has to be a wide, and taller tire then whats on it.

As for the clutch fan. I had one for it, because it was seizing up, but when I went to install it Advanced Auto was just closing, and I ended up having to return it for my money back because they do not sell or carry the reverse fan clutch or w/e that I needed. Autozone did, but I had already fixed it myself. Its a short term fix thus far, so far its working great. What I did was took some motor oil, and a little grease and poured down in the little crack where the bolt that screws to the water pump is, and I took a impact and turned it for a good bit repeating, the process, and so far its not dried back out, and is pretty free to turn, (before I could turn it, and it would turn my water pump it was so tight, now it can move freely.)

I promise to have some pics up tomorrow. I spent the entire day tearing up concrete, crappy job I know but hey its money and I like my money.

I am a big FORD Guy. If the said shocks on my truck aren't rancho I defiantly need to know where to get some, and how much someone will charge to put them on at a shop.

This suspension is the roughest suspension ever, but it works wonders off road, doing better then my buddies Z71. He said it literally walks over terrain, and the cab is bumpy but I have much better stability then him.

Back to the power issues. I can only think of one thing, I did to. I let the pressure out of my tires down to 30, it was at like almost 40. Doubt that'd cause it to have this, but it wont even power break, let alone smoke the tires from a dead stop.

I just replaced the most common U-Joint that goes out. I suppose it could be the opposite of that one in the rear that makes the noise. I am noticing a lot of slack or so it feels. Like I go to give it gas and it feels like the transmission sometimes is jerking, I know the tranny shifts smooth (except sometimes when I get on it and let off when its in the middle of changing gears, which it will cause a pretty good jerk). It just feels very slackish in the rear end.

Question regarding those Stability Bars for the rear, do those fit a 8FT Bed? I know my drive shaft is longer being my bed is longer.

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Old 04-06-2010, 08:44 PM
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Replace that fan clutch! When I got my truck I had bad power loss problems like you're describing. Mine wouldn't shift into overdrive, without terrible strain. Taking off from the line was like I was towing a tank. At first I thought it was the tranny, so I changed the fluid/filter. No luck. I was about to burn the thing when I happened across the seized fan clutch. The serp. belt was being dragged across the clutch under tension, and this caused such a loss of power to the wheels that once it was replaced the truck ran like a champ. It only cost me about 80 bucks to fix this, fan clutch and new serp. belt. Well worth the time and effort.
Like Shane has said above, general maintainence is the key to these trucks. TB, MAF, IAC, filters, and fluids are things that should be done every 3k or so. Change the plugs and wires. Well worth the skinned knuckles to get it done. I went from about 17mpg to an average of 20mpg once mine were done.
Good luck on this problem you're having.
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Old 04-06-2010, 11:12 PM
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Uploading a video to youtube as we speak. I hope it plays correctly, as it was playing side ways in my media player, seems to only play correctly in quicktime player.

Anyway in the video there is a slight jerk once I get off the ramp and get on it. Thats just the transmission jerking from letting off, I'd say thats not normal? It doesn't happen all the time at all. Is this tranny or maybe drive shaft related? I'll take more video and pictures tomorrow.

Will be posting pictures here tonight of before I had a toolbox on it. It went through a few phases. At first I had RKI Dual Tool Boxes down the side, and then I went from those to just a crappy diamond plate slim line, and some bed rails a buddy gave me it. I also went with a new black grille in some of the pictures there is a white grille. I now have a black grille. It had the basic mirrors on it, I put some biggest full sized mirrors on it taken off a 99 Ranger from the junkyard.

I took the bed liner out of it awhile ago as well. The wheels in one of the pictures are Bridgestone H/T I have two of those left, but they aren't on the truck. I believe they were a lot bigger then what I got on there now. They were also titled "special service" or something along those lines, they were what came on the truck when I bought it. What I got on it now are Bridgestone A/T's, they are smaller, and getting worn out.

heres a link to me driving the truck. The video quality is horrible for some odd reason says it will improve so.


Here goes

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Old 04-06-2010, 11:27 PM
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Old 04-06-2010, 11:29 PM
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Old 04-07-2010, 12:34 AM
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Chris....I'm sorry to have to do this....

You own a Frankenstein truck. Nothing about it tells me Fx4. Everything about it tells me it's a "loaded"....err...."optioned out" XL model truck. Reg cab, longbed, 6cyl, 4x4, 04-05...it's got XL bumpers(though painted instead of black), XL grille(but painted white), XL interior w/ no power options, no cruise/leather/tilt wheel, XL vinyl 60/40 seat, XL mirrors(the ones you just replaced). 01+, only XL's got those mirrors. The only thing FX4 on that truck is the sticker on the bedside. 99.9999% likely a previous owner added it(search ebay....you can buy those decals for like $20 shipped. lol). With it being an XL, it makes total sense for it to have 3.73 gears. It also has plain jane "RANGER" emblems on the fenders instead of "RANGER XLT" like they appear on an FX4(which happens to be an addition of the XLT model). What makes it an optioned XL to me is that it's a long bed, has an auto, and it's a 4x4. And all 4x4's since '98 have a 3.0 or 4.0 v6. Like 98% of XL's come 4cyl, 2wd, shortbed. That's probably what the dealer was telling yo uabout.....not many XL's at all are 4x4.....even rarer is it being a reg cab long bed XL. It's rockin' Explorer alloys. Stock it would have had 15x7" steel wheels(your door sticker says 15" I believe you said earlier). It's all coming together....unfortunately, you don't have an Fx4. You've got an XL.

Little tidbit of info too.......ALL US spec Fx4's were all Xcab, 4.10, 4.0, short bed. The only way a reg cab Fx4 happened is if it was built as a Canada truck...and all those were short bed 4.10 4.0 power options, etc.


Oh...fwiw, the vid seems normal. it's hard to differentiate from when you're on the pedal and it's hesitating. To me, the vid seems normal. Trans has gotta downshift for ya afterall. lol. BTW....nice 6.0 stroker.




Get that fan clutch taken care of and get a new Good Year Gatorback serpentine belt. They are top notch belts and worth the extra expense over normal standard belts.



Thanks for sharing the pics. Its always interesting seeing what previous owners do to a truck that ends up misleading the new owner. Sorry to give ya the bad news....just enjoy the truck and think nothing of it being just a base model fleet truck. It's a modded out Fx4wannabe. hey.....lookey there. LOL! Fx4wannabe. haha.
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Old 04-07-2010, 06:49 AM
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not bad news for me. I still love this truck, besides I plan to add rancho shocks.

I will get a new fan clutch asap, and try out all the recommended things you mentioned. I am not sure if you see my previous post as some things were unanswered. Is it normal to experience slack in the rear in, a jump if you will when taking off?

Those bars you mentioned for the bronco? Are those going to work even with my model having the long bed?

I've heard of people "Dumping" their exhaust system explain what that means someone please? Sorry I am curious.

Those mirrors came off a 99, could of been added to the 99, because one of them had wires cut out of it, and they were tucked out of the way, the new ones that I added that is. The black grille again I bought that 49 bucks off ebay as the white ones paint was chipping away. I was told this was a Edge or a Tremor by the dealers but they were again stumped as the VIN shows all the options, and it shows the truck being shipped with 16" wheels. I've seen explorers and most of them tend to differ a bit. I wish I knew what width tire I could put on those. What is even weirder about the truck is those wheels are not cheap, I had a spare under my truck at one point, it was a 16" rim, but it looked more like a a traditional ranger rim. I took it off before I went off because it was bare, and crappy. That tire guide, would that apply to my 16" rim?

Sorry I got a lot of questions, but I have some big plans for this truck. I'd like to get cruise control put on.

Gatorback belt is already on the truck. First thing I did, and its not wore enough to replace. The fan clutch however will be replaced, however I still do not think thats my power issue because its free, as if it were new, obviously its not fixed long term, but its still free, maybe not as free as a brand new one is going to be.

Anyone know where I can pick up rancho shocks at for my truck? I'd like to add them on it.

That dealership just FYI is my bosses dealership. I help him run it thats why I am in the car wash bay. Its a ford dealership. FX4's were not impossible to get. Ford will give you anything you ask for, even if they have to send it else where before it makes it to the dealership to have it done, if its not to odd ball. I have the option here in this Country, to order one of the rangers from over seas if I really wanted to with the diesel engine in it. I doubt ford would put a diesel in a ranger if you ordered, it unless you shelled out the cash, but I still doubt it. However there is a cummins garage here that will throw a diesel motor in your truck for labor, and parts.

I love my powerstroke, and it is a true FX4 . I've had the motor rebuilt, studded and lots of good work done to it to give me the power I want out of it. I own a 1998 Ford Expedition with a 4.6L Police Interceptor in it (I pulled the motor from a cop car), and a 79 Ford F150 Explorer with 700k miles original motor, and a tranny. Got the 351 Cleveland in it.

This ranger out of all my toys is my favorite. I love this truck. All the FX4 truely is, is a suspension upgrade with skid plates at least on the bigger trucks, nothing other then that. If you put skid plates, and a rancho shocks on your truck then you are no longer a wannabe.

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I am not sure if you see my previous post as some things were unanswered. Is it normal to experience slack in the rear in, a jump if you will when taking off?
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Those bars you mentioned for the bronco? Are those going to work even with my model having the long bed?
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.

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"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".

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Those mirrors came off a 99, could of been added to the 99, because one of them had wires cut out of it, and they were tucked out of the way, the new ones that I added that is. The black grille again I bought that 49 bucks off ebay as the white ones paint was chipping away. I was told this was a Edge or a Tremor by the dealers but they were again stumped as the VIN shows all the options, and it shows the truck being shipped with 16" wheels. I've seen explorers and most of them tend to differ a bit. I wish I knew what width tire I could put on those. What is even weirder about the truck is those wheels are not cheap, I had a spare under my truck at one point, it was a 16" rim, but it looked more like a a traditional ranger rim. I took it off before I went off because it was bare, and crappy. That tire guide, would that apply to my 16" rim?
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.

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Anyone know where I can pick up rancho shocks at for my truck? I'd like to add them on it.
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.

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That dealership just FYI is my bosses dealership. I help him run it thats why I am in the car wash bay. Its a ford dealership. FX4's were not impossible to get. Ford will give you anything you ask for, even if they have to send it else where before it makes it to the dealership to have it done, if its not to odd ball. I have the option here in this Country, to order one of the rangers from over seas if I really wanted to with the diesel engine in it. I doubt ford would put a diesel in a ranger if you ordered, it unless you shelled out the cash, but I still doubt it. However there is a cummins garage here that will throw a diesel motor in your truck for labor, and parts.
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.

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This ranger out of all my toys is my favorite. I love this truck. All the FX4 truely is, is a suspension upgrade with skid plates at least on the bigger trucks, nothing other then that. If you put skid plates, and a rancho shocks on your truck then you are no longer a wannabe.
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.
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