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Old 07-17-2011, 09:41 AM
Andy CWS Andy CWS is offline
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Hello fellow Rangerers,

I recently bought my second Ranger. My first one was a very used '86 extended cab 4x4 with snow plow. It was very rough in condition and, typical of OHIO conditions, rusted through in more than a few spots, especially the door-mounted mirror brackets. The floor board under the driver's seat was nearly gone and I put a couple of roofing shingles there to keep the weather out. (whew!)

The radio had long been gone so singing to myself guaranteed solo jouneys. The tailgate needed a special, if not forceful, means to get open. Brakes, starter and exhaust had been replaced and that damn engine always started and ran forever. It was great to haul junk, ford a few creeks and keep the drive clear.

However, after years of sitting under a pine tree, little pine needles accumulated in the heater blower and last fall when I turned the heater on for the first time (and only) time last year, it caught fire. That's a whole 'nother story.....

I wanted another compact truck (to fit in my garage) and I looked at S-10s (I know, I can hear you now), Dakotas, Toyotas, and Mazdas. But decided to come back to a Ranger.

I looked locally for about 6 months--one dealers stopped coming out to the lot when he saw me drive in. I finally found one on eBay and had to drive 90 miles to see it. It was an '06 with under 50k and in excellent condition save a very little rust inside under the doors. I had the dealer repair the doors and did the deed.

It's a 4.0 with extended cab, 4x4 and a real nice matching color cap. It had just gotten new 16" Michelins and the price was very reasonable--cheaper than an older one without a cap!

Sorry to go on like this......

It really didn't need anything, but I wanted a few things. I was looking for a running board (not nerf bars) and every customize shop I went to said Rangers can't do that. Well, I got a pair and managed alright and I think it looks OK---definitely strong enough.





There are some other minor things I have done but will leave them for another posting.

Appreciate any comments and questions,
Andy
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Old 07-17-2011, 09:48 AM
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welcome to frf!!!

very sweet looking truck and honestly i can say those are the only running boards i'v actually thought looked good on rangers

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where you from in ohio?
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Old 07-17-2011, 10:25 AM
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Welcome to FRF!

Very nice lookin truck man! Those running boards are cool!
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Old 07-17-2011, 10:42 AM
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Old 07-17-2011, 03:46 PM
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welcome to FRF, Andy!
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Old 07-17-2011, 03:49 PM
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Old 07-17-2011, 04:29 PM
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Old 07-17-2011, 06:35 PM
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Welcome to FRF

running boards look kinda weird to me.
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Old 07-18-2011, 05:53 AM
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running boards look kinda weird to me.
As opposed to Nerf Bars, or just anything added? I looked around for one that might look harmonious in color and lines and this one seemed to fit the bill.

I wanted running boards to help keep the salty sludge from accumulating on door panels. Also, the nerf bars I have seen in this area are all rusted away and look like junk in a few years. I plan to get the truck undercoated, too. Fighting rust in Ohio is a full time job and you have to stay ahead of the problem because catching up is so costly.
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Old 07-18-2011, 06:06 AM
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As opposed to Nerf Bars, or just anything added? I looked around for one that might look harmonious in color and lines and this one seemed to fit the bill.

I wanted running boards to help keep the salty sludge from accumulating on door panels. Also, the nerf bars I have seen in this area are all rusted away and look like junk in a few years. I plan to get the truck undercoated, too. Fighting rust in Ohio is a full time job and you have to stay ahead of the problem because catching up is so costly.
thats why i took my tube steps off and i got tired of hitting my shins on them...gotta watch the running boards though...ive seen them rust rockers out already
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