Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts!

Go Back   Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts! > >
Forgot Password? Join Us!

Welcome to Ford Ranger Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread

  #1  
Old 09-15-2010, 08:58 PM
kbmotocross505 kbmotocross505 is offline
Learning to use the forums
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 5
Question Any problems with your 2WD ranger?

Hey guys how are you all doing? I've been thinking alot about my ranger lately and it's capabilities. Since it's a 2WD, you guys think I'll be having problems in the winter time? Ex. getting stuck, etc. Im sure some of you guys think some of those things when having a two wheel drive truck. What are your suggestions everybody? Anything i can do to make my truck better for all seasons and some mild off roading? Thanks.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-15-2010, 09:11 PM
99offroadrngr 99offroadrngr is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 945
Default Re: Any problems with your 2WD ranger?

get a locker and for the snow throw some weight in the back or just let the snow that falls in the bed be don't shovel it out. even though i have 4x4 i usually use 2wd most of the time unless its really deep snow
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-15-2010, 09:32 PM
ObsoleteE ObsoleteE is offline
I'm an F-18, bro
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 1,972
Send a message via AIM to ObsoleteE
Default Re: Any problems with your 2WD ranger?

^^ This, build a frame out of 2x4's that fits between your wheel wells, and throw ~300lbs of sandbags or whatever over the rear axle. Get some good snow tires, and you'll be legit.
__________________
1999 B2500 5 Speed
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-15-2010, 09:38 PM
stephen stephen is offline
Ford Ranger Driver
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 3,274
Default Re: Any problems with your 2WD ranger?

^ from what ive read i think that it true. i throw about 200 lbs. of sand in my bed when it starts to rain.
__________________
2008 Sport Black 3.0 V6 2WD.
Build Thread

Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-15-2010, 11:53 PM
VegasRanger02 VegasRanger02 is offline
Ford Tough
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 416
Default Re: Any problems with your 2WD ranger?

I was going to say locker, but the guy above me maybe correct. Dunno, seems unlogical because then all the power would go to the tire on ice if one was on a patch of concrete. Also put some good tires, either snow tires, tires you can stud, or just get some chains. Weight in the rear is big. some temporary options are sandbags. or you can put fullsize spares in the rear which should give you some decent weight, may need more. A toolbox may help but is probably to far forward.

pick your poison, tons of ways to mount spares, ignore the over the top full bed cages. hope the pics show
http://www.dezertrangers.com/vb/fab-shop/95918-2.htm
__________________
2002 Ranger XLT 3.0
General Grabber AT2 31/10.5/15, 15x7 ATX Slot, Hot girlfriend for passenger seat, Fabtech 2.5", Bilstein 5100, Poly Bumps, JBA Ceramic Coated Headers, Straigh pipe, Throttle Cable Mod, Air Box Mod, 5 Angle Valve Job, 180* Thermostat, Clear corners w/ Amber LEDs, Tinted Tails, 6000K Volt Digital HID Hi/Lo, K&N Drop-In, MAF Mod,
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-16-2010, 04:04 AM
crowdpleazer crowdpleazer is offline
^thats what they call me^
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 417
Default Re: Any problems with your 2WD ranger?

when it starts to snow, find a big open parking lot. take the weight out of your truck and leave it on the side of the lot. drive around and practice drifting and control. if anyone asks, your learning! not goofing off! dont stay long as the cops might show up or maybe even the snow plow. oh and dont forget about the light poles!!!
__________________
1998 ranger extended cab, 2wd, 4.0 ohv, 5 speed, sony xploid 52 4 way watt radio, 2 pair of pioneer 240 watt speakers, Cobra 29 LX LCD CB radio pushing 100 watts, k&n air filter, 15 inch exploder wheels, dual exhaust with 4 inch stainless tips, 2 12 inch subs with a 1000 watt amp just for the hell of it!

new project: dirt track modified racing at the local saturday night track.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-16-2010, 04:19 AM
sgtsandman sgtsandman is offline
Tank Diver
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 3,078
Default Re: Any problems with your 2WD ranger?

Some weight in the back and some good winter tires and you should be fine. 4X4 or AWD is better in certain situations but in most cases 4X2 is just fine as long as you have a good set of tires.
__________________
Sgtsandman's Work in Progress
2011 Ranger XLT, 4X4, 4 door Super Cab. 4.0L, 5 Speed M50D-R1HD, 3.73:1, 8.8" open differential, Jason Pace cap
1999 Honda CR-V EX, RT4WD, 2.0L, 5 Speed MT, 4.56:1, open differential
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-16-2010, 04:22 AM
modelageek modelageek is online now
Ford Ranger Driver
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 6,257
Default Re: Any problems with your 2WD ranger?

Quote:
Originally Posted by kbmotocross505 View Post
Hey guys how are you all doing? I've been thinking alot about my ranger lately and it's capabilities. Since it's a 2WD, you guys think I'll be having problems in the winter time? Ex. getting stuck, etc. Im sure some of you guys think some of those things when having a two wheel drive truck. What are your suggestions everybody? Anything i can do to make my truck better for all seasons and some mild off roading? Thanks.
look up and see what rearend you have. maybe a LS?
__________________
2004 Ext Cab, 4WD, 4.0, Auto, 154k. (4.0 engine is out of a 2009 Ranger w/96k) ( as of 7/1/2017)

2004 Ranger, Ext Cab, 2WD, 3.0, 5 speed , 4WABS, crank windows, no cruise, Edge 116k.(6/5,2014) (SOLD).
1999 Ford Ranger, Reg Cab, 2.5, 5 speed, 2WD, no AC, 150k (SOLD).
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-16-2010, 04:52 AM
ranger95 ranger95 is offline
Liking the Ford Ranger Forum
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 25
Default Re: Any problems with your 2WD ranger?

Quote:
Originally Posted by kbmotocross505 View Post
Hey guys how are you all doing? I've been thinking alot about my ranger lately and it's capabilities. Since it's a 2WD, you guys think I'll be having problems in the winter time? Ex. getting stuck, etc. Im sure some of you guys think some of those things when having a two wheel drive truck. What are your suggestions everybody? Anything i can do to make my truck better for all seasons and some mild off roading? Thanks.
I live in Minnesota and it snows a lot here. With 2WD, you will need to put some weight in the back or else you will just spin the tires. I usually put 4 or 5 bags of salt pellets in the back as close as possible to the tail gate. You will be fine as long as the snow is not too deep. Just take it easy when accelerating, the tires will spin a little bit before you start to move. Hopefully you have tires with good rubber on them.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 09-16-2010, 05:00 AM
merlin215 merlin215 is offline
Ford Ranger Driver
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 723
Default Re: Any problems with your 2WD ranger?

I had a 2000 ranger with the 6 cylinder . I had issues with too much power hitting the wheels . Definately some good advice here by putting weight in the back . Mine was all over the road in snow but once I put some weight in the back , it responded pretty good for a lite truck . New England snow can be hit or miss , so some years had no snow , and others we got buried .... Rain , I had a lot of axle hop , rear wheels spinning and bouncing due to no weight in the back .
__________________
Merlin215

2010 Ford Ranger 4 wheel drive
Black
XLT Power Group package
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 09-16-2010, 05:50 AM
2010redfire 2010redfire is offline
Ford Motor Co
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 168
Default Re: Any problems with your 2WD ranger?

I live in Edmonton Alberta Canada and we get snow. Last year with my )( 2wd I had BFGoodrich long trail T/A's and whatever snow was in the back, which wasn't a lot since I garage it overnight in an unheated garage. I did fine, actually had fun.
__________________
2010redfire-
2010 Ranger Sport 4x4 Redfire Red, stock 4.0, 3.73 gears, Putco bed rails, Line-X, Truxedo bed cover
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 09-17-2010, 09:34 AM
JGiddy JGiddy is offline
-
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 2,682
Default Re: Any problems with your 2WD ranger?

as soon as the temp dips to below freezing and that snow turns to ice, youre screwed unless you have chains, 4x4 or not
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 09-17-2010, 09:40 AM
modelageek modelageek is online now
Ford Ranger Driver
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 6,257
Default Re: Any problems with your 2WD ranger?

Quote:
Originally Posted by gts007 View Post
as soon as the temp dips to below freezing and that snow turns to ice, youre screwed unless you have chains, 4x4 or not
I drove my 2wd around for 2 winters on Bald tires with no Problem......I live in the northeast........I don't even have a LS
__________________
2004 Ext Cab, 4WD, 4.0, Auto, 154k. (4.0 engine is out of a 2009 Ranger w/96k) ( as of 7/1/2017)

2004 Ranger, Ext Cab, 2WD, 3.0, 5 speed , 4WABS, crank windows, no cruise, Edge 116k.(6/5,2014) (SOLD).
1999 Ford Ranger, Reg Cab, 2.5, 5 speed, 2WD, no AC, 150k (SOLD).
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 09-17-2010, 09:54 AM
JGiddy JGiddy is offline
-
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 2,682
Default Re: Any problems with your 2WD ranger?

well congrats on not getting stuck on ice. i havent had the same good fortune. i was in an iced over declined driveway when it happened. even the a-hole tow truck driver who thought i just didnt have enough driver skill got behind my wheel, and after about 5 minutes of trying his ass off, couldn't move the truck a fuckin inch.

Last edited by JGiddy; 09-17-2010 at 05:11 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 09-17-2010, 10:12 AM
ranger5572 ranger5572 is offline
2004 XLT with a few mods
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 312
Default Re: Any problems with your 2WD ranger?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mark98xlt View Post
actually a open rear end is better in snow then a locker..
It's safer. You won't slide sideways as much with a limited slip rear end when going through turns. But, getting it going will be easier with both wheels pushing vs. just one.
__________________
2004 XLT 4.0 4x4, 3" PA body lift, 32" BFG M/Ts, Dick Cepek DC-2 wheels, Euro tailights, self-painted headlight mod, NAV/DVD/XM/iPod stereo (Pioneer AVIC-D3), Line-X, Westin step bars, AVS bug shield and window vents
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2002 Ford Ranger 2WD, abs brake problems? Randy K General Ford Ranger Discussion 7 05-29-2011 01:13 PM
1996 Ford Ranger 4.0 2wd with Transmission Problems Winchester370 Drivetrain Tech 2 01-18-2011 08:37 PM
Slight shudder in 2WD, No problems in 4WD 02Edge Drivetrain Tech 23 12-04-2010 03:50 PM
For Sale: 94 Ranger 2.3 2wd PlumCrazy Trucks 2 03-26-2010 11:23 PM
91 2wd ranger, A4LD auto trans problems. stclist111 Drivetrain Tech 2 12-16-2009 05:37 PM