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Old 06-14-2012, 05:24 PM
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Default 4x4 302 prerunner suggestions

I am thinking of doing a 4wd prerunner with a 302 for a daily driver. I live in Indiana so its kinda important to have 4x4 for in the winter. Im thinking of doing a 93-97 since they are cheap. Is there a cheapish way to put a long travel suspension on it? How hard is the 302 swap to do? is 25 mpg possible i heard it was but not sure. Im also thinking of doing the raptor prerunner front clip and fenders and raptor bedsides. I wont use this truck in the sand just a street truck with off road ability and it will look awesome. I want it to end up looking like this but 4x4

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Old 06-15-2012, 06:12 AM
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Old 06-15-2012, 06:40 AM
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for cost your better off with a 2wd ranger. most prerunners are 2wd.

Ibeam/TTB is good for long travel but A-arm trucks have come a long way also its a toss up on what you want.

25mpg out of a V8 ranger... not really, if you gear it right and drive with a very light gas pedal possible 22ish mpg on freeway

how hard is the swap well being no ranger/explorer platform had a V8 in the 1st-3rd gen you have to deal with swap kits that dont always work great.

if you go 98+ it is basically bolt in. there is always wiring issues you have to sort out. also decided if you want Carbed or EFI
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Old 06-15-2012, 01:41 PM
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but will a v8 2wd be alright in the snow and im now thinking a 98+
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:00 PM
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As long as you have a limited slip differential and some good tires (preferably snow), you will get around better than most people. Some weight in the bed wouldn't be a bad idea either. With that set up, you would give most 4X4s a run for their money since they usually have open differentials.
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:02 PM
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Default Re: 4x4 302 prerunner suggestions

4x4 is better. you actually dont want long travel do you? just want it to look like it is
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:55 PM
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Well 2wd would be my choice as long as it's good enough in the snow. It's cheaper and yes I want long travel suspension because I plan on taking this to UNOH when I go to college there for high performance. I want to be able to somewhat actually race thIs thing. What do you guys think is the cheapest long travel suspension system for the 2wd?
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:57 PM
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what in hell is UNOH....

cheap and long travel doesnt go together.

also the 98+ 4x4 there was only one kit Dixon bro racing which i wanna say was around $3000-$4000... its been a long while. last I heard they dont have a supplier for the CV shafts anymore so you can get the kit but you are on your own for the CV shafts
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Old 06-16-2012, 03:49 AM
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If you want mpg and power try to stick a v6 ecoboost in there. Motor is expensive but sooo awesome
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:09 AM
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UNOH= university of northwestern OHIO

the v6 ecoboost wouldnt be a bad Idea if I could get a motor for a good deal
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Old 06-16-2012, 08:04 AM
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Quote:
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UNOH= university of northwestern OHIO
Where are you from?
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Old 06-16-2012, 03:13 PM
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North East Indiana

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