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Forum: 4-Cylinder Tech 10-27-2017, 07:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,750
Posted By Minun
Re: biggest battery for 2000 ranger 4cyl?

I sell, maintain and test a lot of storage batteries in my day job. Not car batteries, but here's some info that may be of value to you (and others in this topic):

- There are A LOT of different...
Forum: Exterior Tech 10-27-2017, 07:17 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,692
Posted By Minun
Re: Adding a tow package. Too many options. Help me please.

Let's get some better info here:

-Figure out what your truck is rated to tow (as in, weight)

-Figure out what the load you want to tow weighs - this includes the weight of the trailer itself...
Forum: General Ford Ranger Discussion 10-27-2017, 06:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 800
Posted By Minun
Re: V8 swapped ranger smashed!

This is one of the reasons I've always been hesitant to put a decent amount of money into customizing/upgrading a vehicle- no matter how good a driver you are, it only takes one screw-up to total it...
Forum: Exterior Tech 08-24-2017, 06:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 686
Posted By Minun
Re: Air Horn Placement

You don't want rain/snow/bugs/etc. in your air horns.

Also, they don't look as good roof mounted as they might in your imagination.

There should be room between the rad and the grill/front...
Forum: Exterior Tech 04-30-2017, 02:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 986
Posted By Minun
Re: Question about truck beds.

7 foot beds are rare but do exist - your frame isn't long enough to fit one so make sure you get a 6 footer.

If you are swapping the whole bed, including tailgate and brake/turn/reverse lights,...
Forum: General Ford Ranger Discussion 04-21-2017, 07:10 PM
Replies: 13,402
Views: 495,689
Posted By Minun
Re: What did you do to your ranger today thread IV

Tuesday: Battery light came on while driving. Decided to try to finish my trip around town. Engine died out roughly as far away from home as can be. Called tow truck. They sent a flatbed for some...
Forum: General Ford Ranger Discussion 04-19-2017, 06:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,374
Posted By Minun
Re: Why are 4.0s such gas hogs?

Ancient design. The 4.0L in these trucks is the descendent of a 2.0L V4 produced in Europe in the 1960s. It's had cylinders added, displacement increased and at some point an overly complex SOHC...
Forum: Cleaning and Detailing 04-19-2017, 06:36 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 10,738
Posted By Minun
Re: What do you use to keep your truck smelling good?

Fresh air and a vacuum. Adding artificial scent just creates another layer of stink.
Forum: Cleaning and Detailing 04-19-2017, 06:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,381
Posted By Minun
Re: save on windshield cleaner

Most ammonia-based glass cleaners are similar in effectiveness.

That said, Rain-X is an amazing product. Not their glass cleaner but the actual Rain-X that you put on after cleaning the glass....
Forum: Exterior Tech 04-01-2017, 07:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,156
Posted By Minun
Re: Weatherproofing tailgates?

When I bought mine (used) it came with a not-great weather sealing on the tailgate from the old owner. I'm guessing the only way to get it 100% (or even anywhere close) would be to craft your own...
Forum: Exterior Tech 04-01-2017, 07:54 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 407
Posted By Minun
Re: Inspection question

They call that a valence. Whether it's required or not probably depends on where you live.
Forum: Exterior Tech 04-01-2017, 07:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,304
Posted By Minun
Re: Recommend a tonneau style

If you need the bed to be uncovered most of the time,

Hard trifold with the drive-in-the-up-position feature is your best option, but costs a lot of money. Also you won't be able to see out the...
Forum: General Ford Ranger Discussion 04-01-2017, 07:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 773
Posted By Minun
Re: School me on the Ranger please.

Tacoma is literally twice the price and not in the same class (compact vs. mid-size).
Forum: General Ford Ranger Discussion 03-28-2017, 07:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 773
Posted By Minun
Re: School me on the Ranger please.

1) Solid and reliable

Meets my needs. It's not a Super Duty but if you're not hauling massive amounts of heavy stuff it'll serve you fine. Payload is in the 1400 lb range I believe.

2) 4x4
Forum: Drivetrain Tech 03-28-2017, 06:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 736
Posted By Minun
Re: Found leaky wheel bearing seal while working on rear drum brakes.

I had the same issue on my '09. Dad said "We don't have the tools, take it to the shop"

$250 CDN later I had both sides done, new fluid and no issues.

So I'd recommend just having a shop do it.
Forum: General Ford Ranger Discussion 03-26-2017, 07:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,922
Posted By Minun
Re: What do you think it will be like and would you buy it?

I want a small truck with great fuel economy and at least a 6 foot bed. That's why I drive what I do, but no one sells them anymore and by the time mine is worn out there won't be any serviceable...
Forum: General Ford Ranger Discussion 03-26-2017, 07:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,036
Posted By Minun
Re: Towing Capabilities

Trailer brakes are a requirement at that weight, both from a practical and a legal perspective.

You'll probably want some form of sway control. There's multiple types out there - if you're...
Forum: General Ford Ranger Discussion 03-26-2017, 07:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 594
Posted By Minun
Re: I'm surprised at how quiet the 3.0 is at highway speeds

The 5 speed auto became available in '97. 20 years later, idiots are still posting "5 speed" in classified ads, as if that tells us whether it's a manual or an auto.

More on topic, I think...
Forum: General Ford Ranger Discussion 03-26-2017, 07:08 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,037
Posted By Minun
Re: Buying this 2002 Ranger for my son - input requested!

Timing chain probably won't be an issue for another 150k miles, at which point having it done will be more than the truck's worth.

4.0L is a gas pig.

On the other hand, if you thought GM's 4.3...
Forum: Exterior Tech 01-27-2017, 08:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,015
Posted By Minun
Re: Another light bar question, are they worth it?

A 20 fits really nice down there. I thought of doing it myself, but I rarely drive at night and when I do it's 95% city so there's really no point for me. Therefore I don't know what the result would...
Forum: General Ford Ranger Discussion 01-27-2017, 08:07 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,503
Posted By Minun
Re: 4x4 vs 2wd

I'm in snow country, have done (very mild) offroading and driven some absolutely brutal dirt and gravel. 2wd has always been enough.

2wd advantages:
-better gas mileage
-slightly lower purchase...
Forum: General Ford Ranger Discussion 01-27-2017, 08:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 995
Posted By Minun
Re: what is it worth; camper shell

Used and in decent shape I see them listed for anywhere from $200-800 CDN here. I doubt anyone actually pays 800 though.

If it's beat up or missing pieces then it's worth $50-150.
Forum: General Ford Ranger Discussion 01-27-2017, 07:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 496
Posted By Minun
Re: 2.3 L 5 Speed 3.73 Gear ... Highway Question

I have the base model with the rubber floor and it's a little loud inside. Roughly 2500 RPM if I do 110, which is the highest speed limit I've seen.

Unless you're unusually sensitive to noise you...
Forum: General Ford Ranger Discussion 10-03-2016, 06:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 575
Posted By Minun
Re: humming sound at exactly 45mph

Not the same truck but my Dad's Chevy Colorado had a bit of a noise and vibration around 70kph when in 4th gear (Manual tranny). He wasn't worried about it so I kept driving it until a couple weeks...
Forum: Wheels and Tires 09-21-2016, 06:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,108
Posted By Minun
Re: Help diagnose black oily fluid leaking from right rear brake drum

I caught mine early and cleaning them up with brake cleaner was enough to do the trick. Probably only leaked for a few weeks.
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