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Old 03-09-2013, 09:35 PM
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Default Minot North Dakota?

Going up north courtesy of USAF, was just wondering if there is anyone up that way that's willing to give some hints on winterizing my ranger. I'm from Kansas so I know some but just wondering if theres any extreme measures to be taken.

Also if you have any info on sites to see for the wife or recreational activates. Plan on skiing or snowboarding if you could help me with locations.

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Old 03-09-2013, 09:43 PM
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I live in bismarck ND. There is not much that you need to winterize but some would be: a block heater, garage, sand bags in the back of your truck, and getting some wiper fluid that doesnt freeze.

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It also helps if your truck is 4wd. A 2wd ranger wont do much in the winter.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:12 PM
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Yeah I have 4x4 and some new AT tires. Ive heard the shop on base sells block heaters so that will be a first thing to grab when I get up there.
Thanks for the info.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:15 PM
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No problem.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:33 PM
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Default Re: Minot North Dakota?

yep, Bitzy pretty much covered it.
washer fluid, weight in the bed, block heater, etc.

while i dont always plug mine in, and it starts fine, its better for the truck to plug it in.

we see temps of -40 often in january up here in canada, ranger still started fine, but she didnt like it lol.

also, good wiper blades are a nice thing to have. after driving for a while the windshield will get warm, and if it starts snowing heavy it will stick. sucks having shitty wipers when that happens.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:47 PM
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I need some new wipers, being in Florida right on the beach every time I go somewhere its do dang foggy I just smear the whole windshield.
The coldest my ranger had seen is -12 one morning going to school, started fine but every now and then it would die when it went into low idle warming up.
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Old 11-28-2013, 08:53 PM
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Are you running Conventional motor oil or Synthetic? I have an 01 with the 4.0 V6 and it cranks right over with synthetic. I'm based in Williston ND.
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Are you running Conventional motor oil or Synthetic? I have an 01 with the 4.0 V6 and it cranks right over with synthetic. I'm based in Williston ND.
I run conventional and mine has yet to not start in the cold winters.
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Old 11-28-2013, 10:25 PM
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I run conventional and mine has yet to not start in the cold winters.
it was -25 one morning and I didn't plug mine in (ik bad owner) but it cranks right up. Rangers are just tough sons of guns. Can't kill em.
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Old 11-29-2013, 06:37 PM
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Oh ya..........good ol' Dakland! I spent 13 yrs (79-92) there compliments of Uncle Sam......recon you've figured out what ya need since you've been there 9 months or so now. ENJOY!!!

BTW: I drove south til I unthawed, that's how I ended up in TN! LOL
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I'm in grand forks and I always throw in a bottle of ISO-heet when I fill up. Not sure how much it helps but it gives me a little extra piece of mind.

And good luck in Minot. It's turning into the Wild West out there will all of the oil workers..

Oh and nd doesn't use salt on the roads so they are usually bad in the winter. I find myself going onto the the snowbank a little bit a lot of times to stop myself in time.
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I'm in grand forks and I always throw in a bottle of ISO-heet when I fill up. Not sure how much it helps but it gives me a little extra piece of mind.

And good luck in Minot. It's turning into the Wild West out there will all of the oil workers..

Oh and nd doesn't use salt on the roads so they are usually bad in the winter. I find myself going onto the the snowbank a little bit a lot of times to stop myself in time.
X2 on the Minot thing. I was up there a couple months ago and it is now a dirty town. There are more homeless people in Minot than the whole state of Minnesota.
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Old 11-29-2013, 07:55 PM
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X2 on the Minot thing. I was up there a couple months ago and it is now a dirty town. There are more homeless people in Minot than the whole state of Minnesota.
Ya. They guys I know out there say that you have to conceal to carry to be even somewhat safe
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:20 PM
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Make sure your anti-freeze is good to -35 to -40 and use the red bottle of HEET at fill up's.
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:33 PM
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Ya. They guys I know out there say that you have to conceal to carry to be even somewhat safe
I live in Williston. It's not bad. Minot is way safer. Just mind your p's and q's and you'll do fine. Just lock your stuff up. You'll do fine bud. Good luck.
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