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Old 02-11-2010, 08:23 AM
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well im not planning on wheelin this. i will probly only use the 4wd in the winter or on maybe a muddy back road. i have a jeep to go wheelin with
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:35 PM
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so i am looking into buying a ranger. my budget will be around $4500. i was wondering what the best years for the ranger were? i really want 4 wheel drive, extended cab, automatic, and the 4.0L. i was thinking around the range of 1998 - 2001ish. i just want to do maybe two or three inches of lift and maybe 31" tires and leave it at that. i will be using it as a daily driver and i also want it to be able to take me out into the woods to go hunting or camping without any trouble.

let me know what you guys think!

yeah. that's my ranger. minus the lift and the 31's. i gotta 01. but it was a tad bit out of the 4500 price range.. a little over double.. so yeah. you'll have to look but i'm sure you can find one. it'll just take time.
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Old 02-11-2010, 10:24 PM
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I have a 97 that I drive daily on 31x10.50s. I have the 4.0 and the automatic. As much as I love it there isn't the aftermarket support for some things like the later models. I replaced my hubs with Warn manual hubs and they've been locked in all winter. I have taken this truck places my buddies Toyota on 35s and locked has trouble with. And it's not the driver on his part it's his truck. I'd go for the 98-01 perferably with the live axle and not the hub design. If you are only going to run 31's don't lift it with suspension, just do a body lift. Cheap and easy. But with 31s and daily driven you really don't need a lift period in my opinion, it will will just cause you to lose fuel mileage. Make sure you get a truck that has the limited slip for sure. I inherited mine and it was worth 5800 when I bought it but it only had 302xx miles on it when I got it. I'm rolling over 61000 and prob 62000 this weekend going to see the girlfriend back in Washington. Just my .02
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Old 02-12-2010, 05:52 AM
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Could get a 97, they still have the TTB suspension which is a lot cheaper to lift the suspension.
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The '97 Ranger 4wd was the best made so far IMO. They had the TTB (Twin Traction Beam) which was cheap to lift; a long arm 6" lift cost right around $800 with everything needed. They have good road manners (if lifted correctly), and they have all the same features on the inside as the newer Rangers. Parts are a lot cheaper for the '97 Rangers as well.

The only down side to buying a '97 would be in the extended cab section. You can't get the 4 doors in the '97. The 4 doors started in late '98.
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Old 02-12-2010, 07:49 PM
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If you were closer I'm going to be selling a 99 soon. Its got everything but the 4.0...its a 3.0.
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Old 02-13-2010, 09:24 PM
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I picked up a '99 back in December for a daily driver...4.0L, Auto, 4X4...I paid $4000 for it, put a power steering pump, serpentine belt, new battery, and a new set of Firestone Destination AT's on it (32") running nitrogen, and have driven it like crazy in all of this snow while my Mustang sits waxed, sexy, and salt-free in the garage.

I've got about $5000 in it total. No complaints thus far, except for the rough take-off from a dead stop. Starter is dragging just a touch, but it will last awhile longer. Body is in great shape, except for a small dent on the hood that needs pulled out. Cleaned up the interior real good and I'm riding.
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Old 02-13-2010, 09:28 PM
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id get a 93-97, TTB is nuts offroad and lift kits for those are much cheaper, and easier to install
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Old 02-14-2010, 08:23 PM
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id get a 93-97, TTB is nuts offroad and lift kits for those are much cheaper, and easier to install
im not looking for something good offroad. i just need a good daily driver. i might not even lift it and i will just put 31s on it.
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Old 02-14-2010, 11:48 PM
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TTB is still great in city. You get a good turning radius in it. I have a little bit rougher ride in my truck though because the 31's I have are 6 ply tires and they ride a lot harder then the 4 ply Wrangler RT-S's that I had on the truck before. I think the best truck you could pick would be the newest one with the best price and lowest miles in your given range. If you aren't going to wheel it and just need an everyday any year will do. You just want to get one that's in the damn best mechanical shape you can find. They all run the same regardless of what's under the front for an axle set up.
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Old 03-08-2010, 12:32 AM
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My 99 2wd ranger has 305k miles on it with a head gasket replace at 276k, same clutch, same tranny as when bought. I think I got the creme of the crop flowing out of the factory though... I'm also in West Washington where tehy dont salt the roads, I've heard that really helps ALL cars laast longer
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