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Old 11-01-2010, 10:14 PM
MadMike2288 MadMike2288 is offline
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Default What year Rangers have auto locking hubs?

I'm looking at getting a ranger and I'm just wondering what year rangers have the auto locking front hubs for the 4x4.
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Old 11-02-2010, 02:58 AM
01_ranger_4x4 01_ranger_4x4 is offline
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i think they started using them in the late 80's models all the way up to the 2000 models. just an FYI, stay away from the 80's to 97 auto hubs, they are very weak and fail when you need them most. if you buy a truck with the auto hubs do plan on swapping to manual hubs.
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Old 11-03-2010, 01:18 PM
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So their too weak for even driving in snow or sand? I would perfer to have auto locking hubs because I do not want to have to get out and lock the hubs everytime I want to use 4WD. Do the 97 plus have better auto locking hubs?
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Old 11-03-2010, 01:36 PM
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So their too weak for even driving in snow or sand? I would perfer to have auto locking hubs because I do not want to have to get out and lock the hubs everytime I want to use 4WD. Do the 97 plus have better auto locking hubs?
yes they are. they are unreliable. with my older rangers i just locked the hubs in and left them locked in all winter. theres nothing worse than being stuck in a snow bank or going to shift into 4x4 and hear a bunch of noise from you auto locking hubs and have them not engage and leave you stuck. with manual hubs when you lock them in, you know for sure they are locked in. peace of mind. the 98-2000 set up is alot different from the previous years because in 98 ford switched the ranger to a torsion bar sprung a-arm IFS suspension and equipped them with vacuum actuated locking hubs. they are better than the previous years but still not super reliable. from model year 2000.5 to the present model ford switched to a live front axle meaning the front axle is engaged all the time so no locking hubs are used making that set up the most reliable out of the bunch. the only thing that engages/ disengages when you switch to 4x4 is the transfer case.
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-RCD Suspension lift
-33x12.5 BFG KM2's on Mickey Thomson classic locks
-4:56 gears
-Auburn gear LS
-James Duff traction bars
-Headers
-Flowmaster duals
-SCT X-Cal2 and some small exterior mods

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2321189

2005 F-150 Lariat 4x4
-LED third brake light
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-Edge tuner
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Old 11-04-2010, 10:50 AM
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Default Re: What year Rangers have auto locking hubs?

Thanks for all the info, Thats good to know.. If you were to have the front manuel hubs locked all the time during the winter, does that mean that it's driving in 4wd the whole time?
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Old 11-04-2010, 11:18 AM
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Thanks for all the info, Thats good to know.. If you were to have the front manuel hubs locked all the time during the winter, does that mean that it's driving in 4wd the whole time?
no, you can still take it in and out of 4wd with the transfer case using the switch on the dash or the transfer case shifter if its a manual t-case.
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-33x12.5 BFG KM2's on Mickey Thomson classic locks
-4:56 gears
-Auburn gear LS
-James Duff traction bars
-Headers
-Flowmaster duals
-SCT X-Cal2 and some small exterior mods

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2321189

2005 F-150 Lariat 4x4
-LED third brake light
-Weathertech floor liners
-Edge tuner
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Old 11-04-2010, 11:21 AM
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alright, so you can drive in 2wd with the front hubs locked?
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Old 11-04-2010, 11:24 AM
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alright, so you can drive in 2wd with the front hubs locked?
sure can.
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-RCD Suspension lift
-33x12.5 BFG KM2's on Mickey Thomson classic locks
-4:56 gears
-Auburn gear LS
-James Duff traction bars
-Headers
-Flowmaster duals
-SCT X-Cal2 and some small exterior mods

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2321189

2005 F-150 Lariat 4x4
-LED third brake light
-Weathertech floor liners
-Edge tuner
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Old 12-07-2010, 03:20 PM
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Default Re: What year Rangers have auto locking hubs?

Is there a way to change to a locking hub so that everything isnt turning all the time on an 01 up?
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Old 12-07-2010, 03:43 PM
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Is there a way to change to a locking hub so that everything isnt turning all the time on an 01 up?
you have to swap in 98-00 CV axles and hub assembly's then get a set of AVM hubs. you will then have manual locking hubs but they are ALOT weaker than the live axle set up you have now and the difference in gas mileage is hardly measurable.
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2001 Ranger 4x4 Stepside
-RCD Suspension lift
-33x12.5 BFG KM2's on Mickey Thomson classic locks
-4:56 gears
-Auburn gear LS
-James Duff traction bars
-Headers
-Flowmaster duals
-SCT X-Cal2 and some small exterior mods

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2321189

2005 F-150 Lariat 4x4
-LED third brake light
-Weathertech floor liners
-Edge tuner
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