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Old 10-07-2010, 02:54 AM
gunmetalranger gunmetalranger is offline
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First off I am ready to sell my Ranger just after 3 weeks. Everyone is telling me they are horrible in snow. Well I have mud and snows on her and plan to put 120lbs of sand in the bed if I do have to head into the snow at all. Anyone had any experience with a 2 wheel drive XL in the snow? Could use some cheering up. Also if anyone knows of any good floor matts that will work on the no carpet rubber floor of my truck I would love to hear about them. Last but not least if you use a certain plastic protectant other than Armor All on your Ford Ranger would like to know what works to keep things looking good and protects from sun fade.
Thanks and any advice always appreciated.
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Old 10-07-2010, 04:18 AM
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I used to drive 2wd rangers in the snow all the time without any problems. I never even bought winter tires, I just used the all season type tires. I wouldn't give up on your truck until you try it out, I think you will be ok. I haven't used armorall since the 70's...lol I use foam tire cleaner, it leaves a nice shine. Any of the trucks I had with rubber floors I always used carpet floor mats, I never cared for the rubber.
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Old 10-07-2010, 04:44 AM
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Snow in Nevada? Wow!
I have used both carpet and vinyl floor mats in my 2001 Ranger on the rubber floor. I have to reposition them all the time as they move around a good bit.

I don't like the greasy feel of armor all and it leaves a film. I use Meguiars Quick Interior Detailer Cleaner. If you like a sheen then I think Megs make a glossy interior detailer.

Just don't sell yer truck!!!
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Old 10-07-2010, 04:58 AM
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I ran snow tires on the back of my 2wd Xl. Never needed any weight in the back.
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:00 AM
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I had a 2000 Ranger 2 wd and it was tough going up hills in the snow . I put some sand bags in the back and it was ok .
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:02 AM
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I had a 2wd pickup I always drove in the snow in these mountains. I think you may have too much weight going in your truck. I recommend a couple bags of traction sand and a shovel. I used that, never got stuck but if I did I had the sand a shovel! As far as the mats go, look for mat grabbers for throw or area rugs, they should hold your floormats pretty good. Use maguiars interior natural shine for your plastics, it shines them, and not as greasy & slippery as Armor all
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Old 10-07-2010, 10:07 AM
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My ranger handled pretty good in the michigan snow last year, just gotta take it easy and not be in a hurry. I bought some thick rubber mats last year at Advance Auto Parts, they work good on the carpet, idk how they would work on the vinyl though, the little gripper things on the back might work. And i to use the Meguire's Natural Shine Protectant on the plastics, works fantastic
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Old 10-07-2010, 10:14 AM
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I have never had serious issues in my 2wd ranger. I just add 3 bags of traction sand to the back over the axle and I've never been stuck. Just take you time. Similarly I've been going down the freeway and been passed by someone with 4wd and watched them slide into the guardrail. Nothing will keep you from having issues if you drive stupid. Be smart about it and you'll be fine.
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Old 10-07-2010, 10:29 AM
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My 90 2WD was fine in snow (3 winters with it). I got stuck a few times, but I was being an idiot. You'll be fine in the snow. Quit worrying.
P.S. If you want to sell it why do you care about what keeps it pretty?
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:40 AM
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Who are these "everyone" telling you this? Sound like a bunch of idiots. All 2wd trucks in snow are at a disadvantage with little weight over their rear axle. I had a 2wd that I took up in Tahoe with no probs while getting a good amount of snow.
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Old 10-07-2010, 04:54 PM
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I just bought some black vinyl floor mats at Walmart, I think the price was $13.00. They have a diamond plate grid and a oval with another kind of grid. They fit perfectly in my 02 Edge super cab. The pass side did have a slight bulge but with adjustment I got most of it out. So far I'm happy with them.
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Old 10-10-2010, 02:22 PM
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Great advice from all...Thanks so much...I am starting to feel more confident about the purchase. Also feeling better about the man tranny.... Guess just having 4 whl drive for so long and going to 2 was a worry. Will throw some sand bags in ther ear and oh on the floor mat issue the grippers work great on the back aof a basic carpet mat.
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Old 10-10-2010, 02:54 PM
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Reno,
Ok to ask you an off topic question?

On your seat belt there is a plastic button in the middle to keep the buckle from sliding down to the floor. My driver's side is that way but the passenger side belt doesn't have the plastic button. They (Ford seat belt supplier) just sewed across the belt a few times to keep the buckle from going down. Also below that they sewed on a scrap piece of seat belt incase the buckle does make it past the stitching. I haven't had a chance to go back to the dealer and look at the other Rangers to see if they are the same way.

I can post a pic if needed.

Is your passenger belt that way?
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Old 10-10-2010, 02:57 PM
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ive got snow tires on mine, and ive never had any problems. and ive got the rubber floor too, husky floor liners are great. i just pull them out and hose them off every once in a while.
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Old 10-10-2010, 03:29 PM
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You'll be fine in the snow. Just invest in some decent winter tires, studded only if you're concerned about ice. I have husky floor liners in the front and they are amazing, my carpet looks brand new, I'm sure they'll be great on vinyl.
I usually have about 4-6 sandbags in my truck in the winter and rarely use my 4wd unless we get at least a foot of snow and the plows haven't been out. Even then, if you drive smart and take your time you'll be good to go. And someone mentioned a shovel, never leave without one in your truck, sandbags are great because if needed they can be ripped open and used for extra traction. Standards are great in the snow, if you get stuck its a lot easier to get some good rocking going to get you out.
Hope this helps!
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