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Old 03-29-2011, 07:46 PM
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Ah its been some time sense I've thought about driving a ranger. Orginally my parents had a 96 ranger 3.0L 5 Speed 4x4, had a locker up front, shackels and 31's. Great truck, I got it when I graduated from high school and loved that thing. With the start of my career I had to get something more reliable (engine blew at 170,000 of VERY hard miles), so I picked up a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP. Still have that car but its coming to end of paying off that car and I'm getting bored of driving such a large car. Car has a lot of power (mods: 3.4" pulley, headers, intake, tune, built trans (3.29 gears 15/16 chain, 2500 Stall converter, ect). Its just not enough though, I don't even use the power all the time but I find I hate sitting so low and the car handles like crap.

So the time draws close where I'm looking for something new. Needs to be good on gas yet still have power. Thought about getting a car but HATE driving them......not sure why but they just don't feel good. I looked at larger full size trucks, Dakotas, Tacoma's, ect ect. But all either too expensive, not enough power, or just ugly....

So I'm looking at an 04ish Ranger, 4.0L SOHC (oh I loved my 3.slow but...), 5 speed preferred but I know it will most likely be an auto. From what I've gathered and remember these are IFS systems up front and the 8.8 out back. I want 4 doors and nice set of seats. Is there anything else I should look out for in theses trucks? I would love a FX4 Level II but I doubt I'll get that, nor an FX4. Are there any new skid plates, or lockers for these trucks?

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Old 03-29-2011, 07:48 PM
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im running a 3.0 with 4.10 l/s. It does me well. and Welcome to the forums!
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Old 03-29-2011, 07:50 PM
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4.0L 4.10 l/s and it get the job done. Shell burn em from a stand still. Love it
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Old 03-29-2011, 07:50 PM
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Im running a stock 2wd, i love the thing, Good choice coming back to the Rangers.
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Old 03-29-2011, 07:51 PM
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at least my current tires will spin anyway
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Old 03-29-2011, 07:51 PM
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were you on one of the other ranger forums before? youre name is familiar either way, welcome to FRF and good luck with the truck search! youll be happy with an SOHC especially after owning a 3.slow.
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Old 03-29-2011, 07:53 PM
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alll yall hating on the slow.
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:16 PM
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welcome to FRF, Mike!
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Old 03-29-2011, 11:46 PM
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Old 03-30-2011, 01:41 AM
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Old 03-30-2011, 03:08 AM
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:12 AM
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Thank you all, yes I was on two other ones. Actually thought I had an account on here but I don't, I do over at ranger-forums still which is funny as I haven't used it in a good long time. I looked at a lot of other trucks, even thought about getting a land rover discovery II and Jeep WJ with quadra drive. They both off road like crazy but more stuff to go wrong. My ranger was just simple, I enjoyed driving it even more too. I've found that my ranger was a dream to fix or repair and only broke when shit either got like 140,000 miles too many or I beat on it. Engine, transfer case, and a few other parts all broke from mileage while the transmission broke because my dumb ass didn't check the fluid. I've done the clutch in mine, pretty much replaced everything and it was soooo simple. Not to mention RWD is SOOOOOOO much better than FWD, I hate that understeer crap it does.
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:12 AM
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Welcome to the forum.

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