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Old 05-15-2011, 11:34 AM
TerrenceStuart TerrenceStuart is offline
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The first generation(1983-1997) trucks owners manuals use to recommend against towing in 5th, not sure the changed it for the later models. Either way I never 5th when towing my boat.
first gen rangers are 1983-1988
second gen rangers are 1989-1992
third gen rangers are 1993-2000.
first gen rangers are NOT 1983-1997.
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Old 05-15-2011, 11:48 AM
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You'll know if it's ok to put it in 5th just like you know when it's ok to put it in any gear. But if it can't hold cruising speed then stay away from fifth.
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Old 05-17-2011, 02:55 AM
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The reason they recommend against using OD when towing, would be internal lubrication of the transmissions bearing. The transmission is working it's hardest/hotest at a lower speed and may not be getting enough ATF to the bearings. This was a common failure on certain other manual transmissions when towing. Also the engine is working harder/hotter at a lower RPM, which would in some cases offer the possibility of overheating. Last time I hauled my boat, I found the truck wasn't much thirstier spinning in 4th towing than driving in 5th.

"first gen rangers are 1983-1988
second gen rangers are 1989-1992
third gen rangers are 1993-2000.
first gen rangers are NOT 1983-1997."

My mistake, Sorry.
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Old 05-19-2011, 05:20 PM
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It'll be fine. I hauled 4200# over a mountain pass when i moved form BC to Alberta last year. Like has been stated, just make sure that you arent leaving it in fifth climbing.. If you can't hold your speed, downshift until you can. Some hills I was climbing in second..but yeah. Trust me on this one, it's fine.
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