Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts!

Go Back   Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts! > >
Forgot Password? Join Us!

Welcome to Ford Ranger Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread

  #1  
Old 05-12-2009, 04:08 PM
20Thunderbolt02 20Thunderbolt02 is offline
Like the Forums
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 46
Send a message via AIM to 20Thunderbolt02
Default Texas (Ford) Ranger

How's it goin everyone?

Relatively new to this group, but of course had enough time on my first day to lay out some specifics.

I'm representing Central Texas in a one-of-a-kind rare truck, 2002 Ford Ranger Thunderbolt.

100% authentic, didn't buy the parts and put them on after and claimed shes real, shes got her sticker from SLP. Its disappointing, yet fun to tell people what I have because half the time they think im mistaking my truck for the F-150 Lightning, when in fact, I'm talking about the Ranger version.

Bought her in 2005 as my first vehicle and I protect her, as well as keep her in the best of shape that I can as if she were a diamond. Never been in an accident with her.

Here's the downside, she doesn't go past 90 which I find pitiful, and I want to change that. Granite, when I fix her to go faster, doesn't mean I'm going to drive more recklessly, I would still protect her.

Currently a college student, so I'm sure everyone knows what my budget is like, but I would love to hears way I could make her perform better. Also if anyone has any questions, you're more than welcome to send me a message.

On a side note, I'm studying for a Bachelors in Small business/ Entrepreneurship, once I complete that within the next two years, I'm going to go to either Wyo tech, or UTI Houston to get my automotive degree so that I can open up a customization shop and just work on cars for my career. So if anyone has any suggestions regarding when I open up my shop, or which automotive school I should go to, I would appreciate to hear that as well.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 05-12-2009, 04:35 PM
ProTex ProTex is offline
Learning to use the forums
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 3
Default

Welcome to the mad house from a transplanted Texan and a noob!
I look forward to your pics.
Jim
__________________
America needs to get its balls back!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-12-2009, 05:30 PM
813_lowered_EDGE 813_lowered_EDGE is offline
LOWERED EDGE
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 45
Send a message via AIM to 813_lowered_EDGE
Default

welcome, have you done anything to the truck so far? i almost bought one of these instead of my edge, probably would have worked out better-
__________________
drive it like you rented it!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-12-2009, 06:33 PM
20Thunderbolt02 20Thunderbolt02 is offline
Like the Forums
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 46
Send a message via AIM to 20Thunderbolt02
Default

Haven't really done any mods to it quite yet, money limits me, but she has a bright future ahead of her. Thats why im looking for cheap modifications to do to my truck to hopefully make her perform better. Where did you see another Thunderbolt?
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-12-2009, 07:27 PM
813_lowered_EDGE 813_lowered_EDGE is offline
LOWERED EDGE
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 45
Send a message via AIM to 813_lowered_EDGE
Default

a dealer here in florida had one back when i bought my edge
__________________
drive it like you rented it!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-12-2009, 08:00 PM
Tom Tom is offline
Ranger Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 6,829
Default

Hey welcome to the forum, don't see many thunderbolts around... how about some pics?

You can get a programmer to remove the 90mph speed limit.
__________________
2006 Ford Ranger Sport 4.0 2WD on 32x11.50R15s
-3" Doetsch Spindle Lift


Using the forum:
How to Post on the Forum
Creating a signature (do this before asking any questions)
Upload an Avatar (image of your Ranger)
How to Post Pictures on the Forum
Switch the site layout: Light Theme or Dark Theme

Things to do:
Participate in Truck of the Month
Participate in the Ranger Photo Contest
Participate in the Non-Automotive Photo Contest
Become a Site Contributor
Shop at the FordRangerForum.com Store
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-13-2009, 07:49 AM
RangerJustin RangerJustin is offline
~+!)@(#*$&%^
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 3,033
Send a message via AIM to RangerJustin Send a message via Skype™ to RangerJustin
Default

Pics please!! Now!!

Welcome to FRF! And as Tommy said a programmer will get rid of that limiter as well as give you multiple tunes to run.
__________________
Sold:2004 XLT 4x2 Ext. Cab. 3.0 Mods: 3" spindle, AAL, shackle, 32x11.5 on 15x8s, billet grille, clear corners, flow 40 dumped, line-x, CB/PA, traction bars, lil sound system, auto up down windows
Sold:2005 XLT 4x4 Ext. Cab. 4.0 Mods: ProComp lights w/ HID swap on tabs, 32x11.5 on 15x8s, CB/PA, black out heads/corners, lil sound system, cranked t-bars, flow 40 dumped, line-x, shell, bed rug, 06+ tails, metal tail gate handle since plastic one shattered, OHC, Mustang Dome.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 05-13-2009, 08:28 AM
20Thunderbolt02 20Thunderbolt02 is offline
Like the Forums
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 46
Send a message via AIM to 20Thunderbolt02
Default

Here are some pics of her. Thanks for the advice, I'll see what I can do.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg My Truck 1.jpg (62.4 KB, 28 views)
File Type: jpg My Truck 2.jpg (40.1 KB, 24 views)
File Type: jpg My Truck 3.jpg (40.3 KB, 26 views)
File Type: jpg My Truck 5.jpg (30.3 KB, 28 views)
File Type: jpg My Truck 6.jpg (32.0 KB, 27 views)
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 05-13-2009, 02:29 PM
98blownranger 98blownranger is offline
Custom KeyChain R Me
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 718
Default

get a intake like this, and a programmer to get rid of you speed limmit

Ford Ranger, Mazda B 2.3 2.5 3.0 cold air intake :eBay Motors (item 220414297713 end time May-20-09 14:24:24 PDT)
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by redrumedge View Post
98blown you should be an MD! that's the same stuff my doc asks and ur spot on man!!!
98 4.0 2wd-----supercharger fully build heads cam...all show with go......3 time world of wheels champ 5 time national winner


lots of ranger parts for sale leftovers from my 94/96
96 sitting on the frame, waiting to go lower


custom billet parts by me intake adapters and billet steps for the step sides

please sign my guestbook!!
http://breyperformancemachine.shutterfly.com/
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 05-13-2009, 08:12 PM
20Thunderbolt02 20Thunderbolt02 is offline
Like the Forums
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 46
Send a message via AIM to 20Thunderbolt02
Default

she doesn't have the original box air filter, shes already got the cone, with a cold air intake box, that was one of the modifications done to her. Is that what you are referencing to? and as far as the programming, does the device cost much? The reason why I never pursued it before is because I heard several rumors that if I programmed it to take off the limit, it would also mess up the engines life... whats the deal with that?
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 05-13-2009, 11:26 PM
Tom Tom is offline
Ranger Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 6,829
Default

Ranger looks sweet!

A programmer isn't cheap, runs about $500. I imagine the affect it has on engine life would depend on the kind of tune you have. However, with a tuner such as the XCAL 3 you can run the stock tune (and remove the rem limiter) and still switch it to a racing tune or some other performance tune as desired.
__________________
2006 Ford Ranger Sport 4.0 2WD on 32x11.50R15s
-3" Doetsch Spindle Lift


Using the forum:
How to Post on the Forum
Creating a signature (do this before asking any questions)
Upload an Avatar (image of your Ranger)
How to Post Pictures on the Forum
Switch the site layout: Light Theme or Dark Theme

Things to do:
Participate in Truck of the Month
Participate in the Ranger Photo Contest
Participate in the Non-Automotive Photo Contest
Become a Site Contributor
Shop at the FordRangerForum.com Store
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 05-14-2009, 07:17 AM
RangerJustin RangerJustin is offline
~+!)@(#*$&%^
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 3,033
Send a message via AIM to RangerJustin Send a message via Skype™ to RangerJustin
Default

Very sweet looking! Just needs a few inches of drop I feel.
__________________
Sold:2004 XLT 4x2 Ext. Cab. 3.0 Mods: 3" spindle, AAL, shackle, 32x11.5 on 15x8s, billet grille, clear corners, flow 40 dumped, line-x, CB/PA, traction bars, lil sound system, auto up down windows
Sold:2005 XLT 4x4 Ext. Cab. 4.0 Mods: ProComp lights w/ HID swap on tabs, 32x11.5 on 15x8s, CB/PA, black out heads/corners, lil sound system, cranked t-bars, flow 40 dumped, line-x, shell, bed rug, 06+ tails, metal tail gate handle since plastic one shattered, OHC, Mustang Dome.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 05-14-2009, 10:57 PM
20Thunderbolt02 20Thunderbolt02 is offline
Like the Forums
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 46
Send a message via AIM to 20Thunderbolt02
Default

Kinda figured they ran around $500, I looked into them before, I was just making sure that I wasn't looking at anything different. Thanks for the compliments, I try to keep her in the best of shape, just now shes got a lot of build up debris on her front end that I gotta figure out how to get off. Suggestions welcomed there as well, I know a few but sometimes something plain and simple does the best trick. As far as dropping her, she is already dropped about 2" from stock, and I have considered another 2" possibly. She takes corners like a pro, all I have to get situated now is some new shocks, maybe a wider sway bar, but it seems wide enough as it is. She lost a stabilizer link a while back that I had to replace (passenger side).
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 05-15-2009, 06:54 AM
RangerJustin RangerJustin is offline
~+!)@(#*$&%^
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 3,033
Send a message via AIM to RangerJustin Send a message via Skype™ to RangerJustin
Default

I think the STX valance from 04-05 would look really good on there.

__________________
Sold:2004 XLT 4x2 Ext. Cab. 3.0 Mods: 3" spindle, AAL, shackle, 32x11.5 on 15x8s, billet grille, clear corners, flow 40 dumped, line-x, CB/PA, traction bars, lil sound system, auto up down windows
Sold:2005 XLT 4x4 Ext. Cab. 4.0 Mods: ProComp lights w/ HID swap on tabs, 32x11.5 on 15x8s, CB/PA, black out heads/corners, lil sound system, cranked t-bars, flow 40 dumped, line-x, shell, bed rug, 06+ tails, metal tail gate handle since plastic one shattered, OHC, Mustang Dome.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 05-17-2009, 06:53 AM
813_lowered_EDGE 813_lowered_EDGE is offline
LOWERED EDGE
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 45
Send a message via AIM to 813_lowered_EDGE
Default

i love the stx front valance, i want one so bad
__________________
drive it like you rented it!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Truck Meet (Texas) 20Thunderbolt02 Southern Region 34 12-30-2011 03:01 PM
Texas woman, not cowgirl though g-ann Introduce Yourself 16 03-31-2010 05:13 PM
josh from texas dragon_reaper Introduce Yourself 4 05-27-2009 11:07 PM
Texas member htjunkie Introduce Yourself 2 05-05-2009 09:03 AM
hi from texas hotsauce Introduce Yourself 1 05-04-2009 11:10 PM