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Old 11-11-2009, 05:41 PM
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Hello from the Great Plains on the banks of the Missouri.

I am considering buying a flex-fuel Ford Ranger. I've found a couple here in Omaha, one of them a 4x4 in good condition (by Kelly Blue Books standards). While I don't particularly need a 4x4, the thought did occur to me that it might be adaptable to conversion to a plug-in hybrid.

I am admittedly ignorant when it comes to the mechanics of Ford 4x4s, but I got to wondering if it would be feasible -- and that's why I joined the forum -- to disconnect the rear drive shaft and propel the truck on the front drive alone? If so, then it might be possible to connect something like a Warp PM DC electric motor to the rear differential to drive the truck in electric mode.

I know this sounds preposterous, but if it's feasible, it might justify my going with the 4x4.

Thanks for your consideration and reality checks.

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Old 11-11-2009, 05:45 PM
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Welcome to the forum.

I think you will find much more info on what you are looking to do on www.ecomodder.com
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Old 11-11-2009, 05:53 PM
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Thanks for the referral to EcoModer, however my question remains: can you disconnect the rear drive shaft and still run the truck using the front wheels?
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Old 11-11-2009, 06:10 PM
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As far as I know, yes. Not positive, though.

And Ford produced an electric Ranger years ago, so anything is possible.
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Old 11-11-2009, 07:21 PM
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Welcome to the forum, sounds like a neat idea!
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Old 11-11-2009, 08:05 PM
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welcome to FRF,William!
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Old 11-12-2009, 07:00 AM
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Didn't realize that was your first post.

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Old 11-12-2009, 07:14 AM
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Old 11-12-2009, 07:41 AM
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welcome and yes to your question if you should fubar some thing out wheeling you could limp home in front wheel drive! have done it before but what your wanting to do sounds cool
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Old 11-12-2009, 07:51 AM
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welcome and yes you can. i had the same intentions to do it with my ranger but never did get around do do it.. lol
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Old 11-12-2009, 02:21 PM
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