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Old 12-17-2010, 08:22 AM
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Hey, I'm Dave. I'm a long-time Honda driver, but they don't make pickups, so here I am. We're selling my fiancee's Civic, she's getting my indestructible CR-V, and I'm getting either a Ranger, a Tacoma, or another smaller pickup. In the meantime, I've registered to poke around, maybe ask a few questions, and see what the general consensus on how good a Ranger is (which seems overwhelmingly positive thus far).

As per the sticky:

About you:

* How old are you?
22
* What is your job?
Deployable Infrastructure Engineer (think IT crossed with computer programmer, working as a subcontractor for the Navy)
* Hobbies?
Building things, working on my house, and computers
* How long have you owned your truck?
I've owned my CR-V for 2 years, but haven't bought a pickup yet...

About your truck:

Well, since I don't have a truck yet, here's what I'm looking for:

* What year, package, engine, drivetrain, etc. is it?
1998 or newer extended cab manual 4x4
* What modifications, if any, have you done to it?
None, I don't own the vehicle yet. I have bought the ramp that I refer to in the next bullet, though.
* What modifications, if any, do you plan to do to it?
Brush guard, integrated telescoping rear ramp for loading motorcycles / scooters, CB radio,
Here's my CR-V:


And my pup:
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Old 12-17-2010, 08:28 AM
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welcome to FRF Dave, good luck with your truck search. what do yo intend to use the truck for?
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Old 12-17-2010, 08:36 AM
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Great Introduction. Cute dog and welcome to FRF.
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:03 AM
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welcome to FRF, Dave!
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:09 AM
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welcome to FRF Dave, good luck with your truck search. what do yo intend to use the truck for?
Towing mainly. We have a boat, and I'm about 1/2 done with building a camper trailer. The CR-V can handle towing both, but we won't be able to bring along the motorcycle or scooter without double-trailering behind the CR-V. With a pickup, I can load the bikes in the bed, and we can travel with the bikes.

I have AWD on my CR-V now... Is the Ranger AWD or do you have to manually switch to 4x4 (and when in 4x4, does is have the drive components to regulate wheel rotation to prevent binding?)

Also, how is the maintenance on the Ranger? Are any tasks overly expensive or difficult, or is it straightforward?
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:11 AM
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Welcome!! Good Luck with the search!
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:14 AM
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Towing mainly. We have a boat, and I'm about 1/2 done with building a camper trailer. The CR-V can handle towing both, but we won't be able to bring along the motorcycle or scooter without double-trailering behind the CR-V. With a pickup, I can load the bikes in the bed, and we can travel with the bikes.

I have AWD on my CR-V now... Is the Ranger AWD or do you have to manually switch to 4x4 (and when in 4x4, does is have the drive components to regulate wheel rotation to prevent binding?)

Also, how is the maintenance on the Ranger? Are any tasks overly expensive or difficult, or is it straightforward?

no the 4x4 is a selectable 4WD not AWD so operation in 4x4 on dry pavement is a no no. if i can make a suggestion i would suggest looking for one with the 4.0 V6 since you will be using it mostly for towing. as far as maintinence they are fairly simple to work on for general upkeep and tune ups and such.
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-RCD Suspension lift
-33x12.5 BFG KM2's on Mickey Thomson classic locks
-4:56 gears
-Auburn gear LS
-James Duff traction bars
-Headers
-Flowmaster duals
-SCT X-Cal2 and some small exterior mods

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2321189

2005 F-150 Lariat 4x4
-LED third brake light
-Weathertech floor liners
-Edge tuner
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:20 AM
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no the 4x4 is a selectable 4WD not AWD so operation in 4x4 on dry pavement is a no no. if i can make a suggestion i would suggest looking for one with the 4.0 V6 since you will be using it mostly for towing. as far as maintinence they are fairly simple to work on for general upkeep and tune ups and such.
X2. the best motor in these trucks. get the supercab 4-door (suicide doors) 4x4 with the 4.0L SOHC (so it has to be 2001+). you will not be dissapointed. I pull boats, go 4 wheeling and Pat is right, they are very easy as far as maintainance goes.

here look through these. I dont know your zip so i used 30301.

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/search...irst_record=26

out of these id this would be first on the list as it is TOP OF THE LINE and full loaded:

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...e&rdpage=thumb

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15x8 Pacer 164P Polished Wheels | 31x10.50 BFG ATs | Level II Tow Hooks | FX4 Red Insert Seats
Tinted Windows | 6000K HIDs | Kobalt Low Profile Toolbox | Pioneer Speakers

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Old 12-17-2010, 09:26 AM
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Hmm, no AWD on pavement is a negative for me. I don't go offroading often, so I guess I would be almost just as well off with 2wd. EDIT: NVM, dixie_boysles cleared this up, I can just switch it on if I'm in a situation with less traction...

Thanks for the tip on the engine, I'll see if I can spring for a newer one. My budget isn't too tight, so I should be able to get a newer one.

Thanks again for all the tips

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Old 12-17-2010, 09:40 AM
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you dont need AWD. the good thing about a ranger, just hit the 4x4 switch on the fly. He doesnt mean that you cant be on pavement to use 4x4. You cant be on DRY pavement (otherwise good conditions outside like on a summer day). It will bind the transfer case. 4x4 is for icy roads, snow covered roads, etc or offroading. also helps pull boats out better.

but like i said, you can be going 55 mph and hit 4-High with the turn of a switch.

you WONT be dissapointed with the one i posted above. It is fully loaded with leather seats and everything. 4 doors, better shocks and torsion bars. basically everyone's dream 4x4 ranger. If you were to buy it brand new (which you cant anymore because they dont make level IIs) it would cost you $30k
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275/65/17 Falken Wildpeak AT3W | Shorty Antenna | Tinted Windows | ProClip Phone Mount |5.0 v8 |Tow Package | Oxford White


Sold/Totaled: 2006 Ranger XLT 2D SuperCap 4x4 Torch Red
15x8 Pacer 164P Polished Wheels | 31x10.50 BFG ATs | Level II Tow Hooks | FX4 Red Insert Seats
Tinted Windows | 6000K HIDs | Kobalt Low Profile Toolbox | Pioneer Speakers

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Old 12-17-2010, 10:09 AM
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Old 12-17-2010, 10:31 AM
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Welcome!

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no the 4x4 is a selectable 4WD not AWD so operation in 4x4 on dry pavement is a no no. if i can make a suggestion i would suggest looking for one with the 4.0 V6 since you will be using it mostly for towing. as far as maintinence they are fairly simple to work on for general upkeep and tune ups and such.
I agree!
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Old 12-17-2010, 10:54 AM
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you dont need AWD. the good thing about a ranger, just hit the 4x4 switch on the fly. He doesnt mean that you cant be on pavement to use 4x4. You cant be on DRY pavement (otherwise good conditions outside like on a summer day). It will bind the transfer case. 4x4 is for icy roads, snow covered roads, etc or offroading. also helps pull boats out better.

but like i said, you can be going 55 mph and hit 4-High with the turn of a switch.

you WONT be dissapointed with the one i posted above. It is fully loaded with leather seats and everything. 4 doors, better shocks and torsion bars. basically everyone's dream 4x4 ranger. If you were to buy it brand new (which you cant anymore because they dont make level IIs) it would cost you $30k
Wow, thanks for looking those up for me. I'm close to that zip, so those are in range. For some reason, your post didn't show up until after I posted my previous post (which is one after yours).

That's good that the 4x4 can just come on like you said. In that case, it is certainly close enough to AWD for it to suffice my needs.

The truck you linked to is awesome! I'm not sure if I can justify that much though; I'm trying to stay under $6000 for now so that I can just pay cash for it. I'm working on selling my Civic now -- I probably will be able to buy for $8-$10k once I have the money from it, but still -- I'll have to pass on that truck, no matter how tempting it is.
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:33 AM
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that's what we are here for

To go a little further in detail on the 4x4. you can go into 4-High at anytime on the fly. That is what you use for most situations. BUT there is the nifty 4-Lo selection that is for when you get stuck or need extra traction (but you supposedly cant go over a certain speed). 4-Hi usually takes care of everything. Ive only had to use Lo twice in the two years i have owned the truck.

in that case, here is the same selection with a max of 10k:

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/search...=1292610851595

Out of that selection id go look at these:

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/search...=1292610851595



I REALLY like this one:
http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...e&rdpage=thumb



also check CL:

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/wat/cto/2116141788.html

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/ctd/2111311688.html

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/ctd/2110838278.html

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/cto/2108634164.html

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/ctd/2107008391.html

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/ctd/2100321321.html

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/cto/2095188794.html

no pic but for sure check this out, this is one below top of line:

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/sat/cto/2092155479.html
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Sold/Totaled: 2006 Ranger XLT 2D SuperCap 4x4 Torch Red
15x8 Pacer 164P Polished Wheels | 31x10.50 BFG ATs | Level II Tow Hooks | FX4 Red Insert Seats
Tinted Windows | 6000K HIDs | Kobalt Low Profile Toolbox | Pioneer Speakers

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Old 12-17-2010, 01:01 PM
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The ONLY thing I would look out for in the 4.0 is the rattling timing chain. some of the earlier ones (01-02) make a rattling noise at about 2500 rpm, the guide for the chain can break down and let it rattle around.. mine does it, but from what I've read on here and other places, they can go for a very long time with it and be perfectly fine -more of an annoyance than anything. To fix it, the engine has to come out of the truck. not too fun. However, I don't regret buying my truck at all. It has great power, good mileage, it rides nice, and its an all around blast to drive. The tacomas from before 2005 had a smaller v6 (3.4), less powerful, but got the same mpg as a 4.0 Ranger, and they can't tow as much, not to mention they're generally more expensive. Ford knows better than anyone how to build a truck, you won't be disappointed at all with a Ranger. good luck!
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