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Old 08-20-2012, 01:08 AM
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Default Is a 2.3L with stock suspention decent for offroading?

I have a 2003 ranger with a 2.3L engine. I recently got 30" bighorn tires and had to get a bodylift to stop the tired from rubbing on the body. Would this truck be decent for some offroading or should i just keep the tires for looks and stick to the streets?
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:26 AM
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It's up to you man. I have a 97 reg cab 2.3 with 5 speed, and it's a freakin blast, I'm half assedly making a pre runner, I plan on bigger suspension just cause of the weak rear springs. ( EDIT) also what 19Delta says

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Old 08-30-2012, 08:38 AM
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Well I guess it depends on the type of off roading your looking to do. Where I live it would do just fine, but other areas not hardly so it just deppends man. Either way it does have potential to be really good so long as your not needing to do massive hill climbs.
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:21 PM
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honestly, its better to wait and get new springs and or a lift. i have a 92 2.3 that i used to wheel stock and it messed up my shocks and my steering. now i got a 4 inch rough country lift with a pro comp steering stabilizer and nitrogen shocks and its 1000 times smoother and i dont have to worry about anything breaking. trust me, its well worth the wait
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:30 PM
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do a real lift, not a body lift. the suspension components are too week to handle rigorous off roading.
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:29 PM
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If a body lift is what is needed for your type of wheeling then go with that. There are pros and cons to either type of lift, On my hunting rig all I need is my body lift but on my search and rescue rig I run both a body lift and suspension lift. So really in my opinion you should pick the lift that works for what you need.
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:39 PM
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Id say a 2.3 is just fine. I got a buddy with a 95 2.3 2wd with some springs and shocks all around. It mobs just fine. Add an actual suspension lift and maybe a little bit bigger tires and you'll be solid.
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:59 PM
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Default Re: Is a 2.3L with stock suspention decent for offroading?

Thanks guys. Really helps to have others opintions. Im a college freshman right now and im still trying to have fun with my truck in between. Any sugestions on what i should do to improve the preformance but not use up my entire bank account?
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:55 PM
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Cheapest thing that you'll actually notice is regearing it. Make it a little more peppy. Might lose some of the economy but can't have one without the other.
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Old 09-06-2012, 02:30 AM
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Default Re: Is a 2.3L with stock suspention decent for offroading?

If the suspension is anything like my 96,
and my friend's 93 You'll destroy the stock suspension easily, it's really only meant for at most dirt roads, or somewhat rocky roads.

I have a hard enough time driving my V6 4.0 2WD in snow with the center of weight it has, I can't imagine trying to off road in one, I'd see having Front wheel pull as being vital for climbing or getting unstuck from mud,
I can't even get the truck to climb forward onto vehicle ramps when On dirt or grass, the rear wheels just spin and spin unless I put several sandbags into the bed to give the rear wheels grip.
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:47 AM
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I agree with the regearing, and I would throw an aftermarket muffler on her, try a glasspack, almost every parts store has them
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:58 AM
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If the suspension is anything like my 96,
and my friend's 93 You'll destroy the stock suspension easily, it's really only meant for at most dirt roads, or somewhat rocky roads.

I have a hard enough time driving my V6 4.0 2WD in snow with the center of weight it has, I can't imagine trying to off road in one, I'd see having Front wheel pull as being vital for climbing or getting unstuck from mud,
I can't even get the truck to climb forward onto vehicle ramps when On dirt or grass, the rear wheels just spin and spin unless I put several sandbags into the bed to give the rear wheels grip.
What the fuck. That is a result of shitty ass tires. Im 2wd, been stuck once. I just completed 100 miles off roading with rocks, gravel, many many drainage ditches that,my bumper barely cleared and I never wheel spun once.

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referring to the dirt/grass part

What the fuck. That is a result of shitty ass tires. Im 2wd, been stuck once. I just completed 100 miles off roading with rocks, gravel, many many drainage ditches that,my bumper barely cleared and I never wheel spun once.
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Fucked up the post but anyways,I made my point.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:35 AM
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Yeah having 4wd is really only helpful when you get stuck. Unless you're rock crawling and I haven't seen too many rock crawling rangers out there.

Try taking those ramps a little faster... like 40 lol:thumbup:
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:05 AM
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Default Re: Is a 2.3L with stock suspention decent for offroading?

you know, sometimes i can piss on the grass under my rear tire and get stuck lol!

but then again, it does pretty well for a truck in a little mud or snow and ice with some weight in the bed.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:19 PM
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What the fuck. That is a result of shitty ass tires. Im 2wd, been stuck once. I just completed 100 miles off roading with rocks, gravel, many many drainage ditches that,my bumper barely cleared and I never wheel spun once.

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Fucked up the post but anyways,I made my point.
Seems to be more the weight on the axel than the tires, but a few sandbags fixes that.
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