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Forum: Drivetrain Tech 09-03-2018, 01:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 316
Posted By hat_man
Narrower rear end

I thought I had read somewhere that the rear end in a first gen Ranger was narrower than the second and third gen. About 2" overall. Any truth to it?

Can an early one like that be swapped into...
Forum: Drivetrain Tech 08-29-2018, 10:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 471
Posted By hat_man
Re: M5OD-R1 or M5OD-R1-HD

I thought I read an article on that awhile back, but thought it was in the transmission that went behind the 2.3 Lima. And something about having to modify the stick. I wonder if I could just put...
Forum: Drivetrain Tech 08-28-2018, 10:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 471
Posted By hat_man
Re: M5OD-R1 or M5OD-R1-HD

So I'm assuming I can't bolt an HD trans to my 2.3 then. Wish I could have those lower gears.
Forum: Drivetrain Tech 08-26-2018, 03:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 387
Posted By hat_man
Re: Rear gear oil change

I didn't even think of that. SMH

Thanks Logan.


Looks like it says approx 3 quarts (5.0-5.3 pints) of 80w-90. Any problems with using 75w90 synthetic?
Forum: Drivetrain Tech 08-26-2018, 10:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 387
Posted By hat_man
Rear gear oil change

Not trying to start a big debate on the difference between synthetic and conventional products, there's enough of those out there already. It's hard wading through all the internet junk and opinions...
Forum: Drivetrain Tech 08-26-2018, 10:21 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 309
Posted By hat_man
Rear gear oil change

Not trying to start a big debate on the difference between synthetic and conventional products, there's enough of those out there already. It's hard wading through all the internet junk and opinions...
Forum: Drivetrain Tech 08-26-2018, 09:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 471
Posted By hat_man
Re: M5OD-R1 or M5OD-R1-HD

Thanks.

Ill have to check but I can't imagine I have anything but the R1
Forum: Drivetrain Tech 08-21-2018, 01:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 471
Posted By hat_man
M5OD-R1 or M5OD-R1-HD

How do you tell the difference between the R1 and the HD?

Are there numbers stamped on the bell housing or somewhere in the VIN?

I would love to have the lower 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gears from...
Forum: General Ford Ranger Discussion 08-04-2018, 02:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,528
Posted By hat_man
Re: 1997 ranger door sensor?

Or if you're feeling really adventurous you can pull the fuse for the dome light/door buzzer and do this....

http://www.fordrangerforum.com/interior-guides/21730-ohc-install-rangers-96-a.html
Forum: General Ford Ranger Discussion 07-16-2018, 03:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 459
Posted By hat_man
Re: 3.27 gear in a 7.5" open rear end?

M5OD. My normal daily drive is basically flat with the occasional hill. But not so steep that I have to downshift out of 5th. Only two short hills (same hill once each direction) that need 4th gear...
Forum: General Ford Ranger Discussion 07-15-2018, 02:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 459
Posted By hat_man
Re: 3.27 gear in a 7.5" open rear end?

Thank you Undrstm8ed. It's nice to have someone that understands. I'm pretty sure the 3.08 is way too tall with the 2.3l but the 3.45 might be an option. Even with the taller tires (235/75/15) the...
Forum: General Ford Ranger Discussion 07-13-2018, 05:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 459
Posted By hat_man
Re: 3.27 gear in a 7.5" open rear end?

Already went with the 235/75/15's. Hankook Kinergy PT low rolling resistance tires made in the USA.

Didn't some of the Rangers from the '90s come with the 3.45's and even the 3.08's? Ford...
Forum: General Ford Ranger Discussion 07-11-2018, 05:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 459
Posted By hat_man
3.27 gear in a 7.5" open rear end?

Hello all.

I am contemplating a rear end swap in my 2003 XL. My goals are strictly gas mileage. I don't tow anything and only haul very light loads maybe once a month or so.

I looked up which...
Forum: General Ford Ranger Discussion 06-26-2018, 09:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 682
Posted By hat_man
Re: Get better mpg with A/T tires

Ok. I'm ready to hear all the groaning and calls of B***S***, but I really don't care.
My old '97 with the 2.3 Lima got a consistent 28-29 mpg running 225/75/15 Firestone Destination A/T's. 5%...
Forum: 4-Cylinder Tech 04-29-2018, 05:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 693
Posted By hat_man
Where to splice in for a vacuum gauge

I've looked and only found two threads on installing a vacuum gauge, but both have zero replies. I'm hoping this one doesn't become the third.

I'm looking to hook up a vacuum gauge in my '03 XL...
Forum: Exhaust and Mufflers 04-06-2018, 05:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 725
Posted By hat_man
Rectangle shaped muffler?

Hello everyone.

I'm sure there is a simple answer to this one but I am confused about the muffler under my '03 XL 4cyl. It's a rectangle "pillow" shaped thing with another piece about the size...
Forum: Wheels and Tires 04-06-2018, 05:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 612
Posted By hat_man
Re: speedometer gearing

Put your old tire size and your new tire size into the "calculator" on this site and it will tell you how much the speedometer will be off.

https://www.tacomaworld.com/tirecalc

Your odometer...
Forum: 4-Cylinder Tech 04-01-2018, 09:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 745
Posted By hat_man
'03 2.3l seems to idle too high

I previously had a 2.3l Lima and loved it. Now I have a 2.3l Duratech and haven't learned enough about it yet to diagnose anything.

On start up it idles about 1500 rpm and settles at about 1000...
Forum: General Ford Ranger Discussion 03-26-2018, 03:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 823
Posted By hat_man
Re: Buying another Ranger.....need some advice

@dvrich.... Not trying to "poke the bear" but I never put much stock in the EPA MPG stickers anyhow. My '97 was listed at 22 city/26 highway for a combined 24mpg. If I was getting 26 I knew there...
Forum: General Ford Ranger Discussion 03-26-2018, 03:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 823
Posted By hat_man
Re: Buying another Ranger.....need some advice

The Lima's ended in 2001 I believe. The 2.3l until '97 and then stroked to the 2.5l. Mine is a 2.3l Duratech. Totally different design.
Forum: Drivetrain Tech 03-18-2018, 01:53 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 353
Posted By hat_man
8.8 Rear end into a 2003 XL

Hello everyone.

I am thinking about swapping an 8.8 rear end into my 2003 XL. Mine has the 3:73 gears in it and I want better options for fuel mileage. IIRC the 4.0 Rangers came with an 8.8...
Forum: Wheels and Tires 03-18-2018, 12:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,215
Posted By hat_man
Re: Wheel bolt pattern size question

Thanks for the info beaterpc. I don't like the steel wheels on the new to me Ranger. Very heavy and bad home done black paint job. I'm looking for something much lighter. Maybe something from a...
Forum: Wheels and Tires 03-18-2018, 11:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,215
Posted By hat_man
Wheel bolt pattern size question

Hello everyone.

I was just checking out the wheel stickies and found a link to this site

http://adaptitusa.com/referencebook.htm

It has wheel sizes and bolt patterns. I know the Ranger...
Forum: General Ford Ranger Discussion 03-18-2018, 10:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 823
Posted By hat_man
Re: Buying another Ranger.....need some advice

Well I found a nice 2003 XL with only 75k miles on it. 2.3 5-speed/OD stick. Plain Jane. Only paid $5000 total for it. Too bad I hit a deer 12 hours later. Definitely repairable. To the tune of...
Forum: General Ford Ranger Discussion 02-24-2018, 06:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 823
Posted By hat_man
Buying another Ranger.....need some advice

Hello all.

My old Ranger is on its last leg. The last few months have been problem after problem and its looking like now I may have a bad head gasket. After nearly 300,000 miles maybe its...
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