Guys please, seriously, get this: they both are TRUCKS. They both can be taken on and OFF the road. They BOTH have limitations, they BOTH have advantages and disadvantages, and well, they both suck gas for the most part
So, let it be known that 4WD AND 2WD setups are able to off-road. They both are fun to drive, isn't that the point of off-roading? C'mon guys, we're a family here and we need to respect each other and the rigs we own. Simple as that.
This thread was started to discuss the stress limits that a stock Ford Ranger can handle off-road, 4WD or 2WD is irrelevant, stock is stock, and unless we're talking about the differences between the two, or the various packages Ford offers, this bickering about 2WD/4WD has no purpose and it is rude to jack someone's thread.
Drexl/WearyTraverler/POPTART972 have all made valid points, and it's only going to go in circles, everyone has a different opinion and that's that.
K sorry about the rant, anyways, thank you to everyone for the information, it certainly has helped me, and many of the posts on this site have helped me understand my Ranger better.