Originally Posted by MadMike2288
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.