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Old 12-09-2009, 09:04 PM
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Lightbulb Brainstorm>>>

My idea:
RBV have an offset chunk, so one axle tube is longer than the other, what if I take the tube out of the long side, shorten it to the same as the short side, reinstall it, put 2 short axles in it, this should narrow the complete rearend by approx. 3" and get the tires tucked inside the wheelwells.

The offset of the wheels won't allow alotta narrowin.............

I just measured the 7.5 I pulled out of the RAT Ranger......RR tube is 16 5/8" and LR is 19 1/2" = 2 7/8" difference.....

Any input on removin the tube? Do I heat it after removin the axle shaft, then twist it with a pipe wrench, and then reinstall the same way???

What ya think???
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:39 AM
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^^^^cut and weld. The tube is "pinned" to the pumpkin. But remember, you're gonna have to relocate the spring perches to keep the tires centered.
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Old 12-11-2009, 08:45 PM
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Best way is to cut the tube with a large pipe cutter. Cut out the 2 7/8 and clamp some angle iron to both pieces and weld it back together. Then just visit the junk yard and get another passenger side axle shaft.
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:10 PM
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Thumbs up Ah huh>>>

I found the answer on a sister site (RPS), if anybodies interested, heres the link:
http://www.rangerpowersports.com/for...=215899&page=9

I'm gonna go yardin some tomorrow, with the number of Explorers available after CFC, should be able to pick up a good 95 up disc braked rearend for around $100.....then I do this mod to it, and stuff it under the RAT Ranger and that'll get the tires totally inside the wheelwell.
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Old 12-18-2009, 07:54 PM
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Thumbs up 12-18-09

Won these on ebay last weekend for the front of the RAT Ranger and gotem yesterday..........tires came in today, and will be mounted tomorrow:
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Old 12-19-2009, 08:47 AM
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Sweet!
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Old 12-19-2009, 02:13 PM
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YES, I know it needs a bath, but a lil' at a time here.....
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Old 12-19-2009, 08:07 PM
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^^^beef!^^^
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Old 12-23-2009, 09:32 PM
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AND to all you diehard blue oval folks: I don't wanta hear any negative crap bout Chevy in a Ford, as most know, I've done it before, and if ya don't like it, don't read/view/comment on it!
not sure why you cant find an s10, but everything balances out somehow.

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Old 12-24-2009, 05:29 AM
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not sure why you cant find an s10, but everything balances out somehow.
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^^^there is NO DOUBT that the Ford 9" is TOP DOG!

But as far as my builds, I like the Ranger bodies better than the S10's and the engine bays have more room, but for the $$$, ya can't beat a SBC, and when your on a budget like me, it was a NO BRAINER!
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Old 12-24-2009, 10:16 AM
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^^^there is NO DOUBT that the Ford 9" is TOP DOG!

But as far as my builds, I like the Ranger bodies better than the S10's and the engine bays have more room, but for the $$$, ya can't beat a SBC, and when your on a budget like me, it was a NO BRAINER!
I know its cheaper, i was thinking about a 240sx 350 swap, and I never worked on or liked s10's either, so i wouldnt know much about them.
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Old 03-28-2010, 10:12 AM
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Arrow UPDATE 3 28 10 / CHANGE in plans>>>

My Son has taken over the black 94 in the pics, it will be gettin a 16.5 to 1 compression, 58cc chambered aluminum headed, 355......est. 500HP.

The RAT Ranger has been switched to a 99 I picked up reasonable>>>

Day I brought it home:


After a couple weeks of scroungin:


Picked up a disc braked 8.8 out of a 00 Explorer, and my plans are to put two right side axles in it to narrow it 3" :


The 99 will be gettin the black steppy, as my Son wants a std. box.

Before the rear suspension mod:


After rear suspension mod (no I haven't put the Explorer 8.8 in it yet, hence the shocks not hooked up and how high the azz is sittin, along with I haven't removed the rear shackle mounts yet):






BTW: Those SWEET mounts where made by a member over on TRS known as IRON RANGER!

I've been workin on gettin my green 94 ready for this summers Cruise-In's and Meets, as I pulled the motor and worked it over a tad..


Anybody interested in a red steppy cheap? Not cherry but only $200.....
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Old 03-28-2010, 12:39 PM
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So you ARE going to one it ready for the august Knoxville meet!
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Old 03-28-2010, 06:02 PM
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So you ARE going to one it ready for the august Knoxville meet!
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I'll bring one to the K-town meet, either driveable like March last year, or as a roller/trailer queen for those to look at what I've done to that point.

I worked on the green 94 today, probably another couple hours with no snaffous, and it's be ready to fire off.

At that point, it'll be time to remove the drivetrain of the 99, start test fittin, and mockin up for the RAT!

And my Son is chompin at the bit for me to dismantle his 93, and start mockin up the black 94 for HIGH HP 355.

SO, I've got alot on my plate not countin the medical issues I've been dealin with lately, but that's another story.

THANKS for the interest guys!
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Old 06-19-2010, 09:52 PM
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Got more coals in the fire than I can keep up with...........

I went through my motor on my green 94 this past winter, I have done a similar setup with the exception of narrowin the rearend by usin 2 right side axles:



Weld Draglite 15X12 with 7.5" backspacin & 28X15.50 tires on rear and 15X5 fronts with 225/75 skinnies.......





Will get some pics after I get the bed back on in a week or so...........

Next I'm gonna modify my steerin box with knuckles to clear my long tube headers.

Last edited by RAT Ranger; 06-23-2010 at 07:55 PM. Reason: pics
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