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09-13-2006, 09:52 AM
I just bought a 1990 Ranger extra cab 2.9 liter V6 5 speed trans. What should I look for in terms of problem areas/common breakage etc? I'm not hardcore, mostly just blasting down gravel roads.

Thanks for any help!

09-13-2006, 10:51 AM
keep fresh clean oil in it and always full if the motor starts ticking it wont stop.
no big tires that little d 28 in the front wont do anything bigger than 33's if that other than that keep good care of it and you will have a good truck

09-13-2006, 12:18 PM
Is it worth the work to upgrade to a D35 front end from a newer Ranger? Or should a guy just put on full size TTB hubs and brakes? I'll probably stay with 31s at most, although if I could cut the fenders and go to 33s and stay low...

Anyone have long radius arms for sale?

09-13-2006, 01:24 PM
if your looking for a cost efective bolt in upgrade get an 8.8 and a d35 from an explorer you will only have to weld perches on the rear diff and get a shorter shaft for the front. If your only gonna go 33,s. 31's i'd just leave it alone.

09-13-2006, 01:58 PM
I broke Both front axles, and blew my rear end in the 6 months that I owned a ranger on 32's.
Save yourself the hassle and get a Toy!!

09-13-2006, 04:14 PM
I know what you mean about Toyota. I have a 82 Toy that I drive everyday but it is too small, slow on the highway, and rough riding, on the other hand it NEVER strands me in the bush, never gets stuck, and is really good at towing full size Fords and Chevs out of the snow. I hope to sell it, bank the money, fix up the Ranger a little, sell it and get an extra cab Toyota.

09-13-2006, 04:15 PM

09-14-2006, 05:41 PM
dont get the electronic shift motor for your transfer case wet either

09-14-2006, 09:04 PM
if its a 90 it should already have a D35. and when the 2.9s start getting older they are tickers, get a loud stereo if you dont like it because it wont stop once it starts.

09-14-2006, 09:36 PM
only to 4.0 L have D 35 and 8.8

09-15-2006, 01:22 PM
when you do a oil change run block flush through it atleast once a year and it should help with the noisy lifter problem [cheers]

09-15-2006, 06:48 PM
only to 4.0 L have D 35 and 8.8

funny because my 90s a factory truck with a 2.9L and D35, it does have a 7.5 thou.

09-15-2006, 06:59 PM
how much for the yota ?

Blue coyote
09-15-2006, 07:05 PM
Some, but not all of the 90+ 2.9's had the D35.

Make SURE the cooling system is 100%, because the 2.9 tends to crack heads if they get too hot.

Personally, I just sold my 95 Yota ext. cab. Nice truck, but even compared to the Rangers, the turning radius sucked. Well, that and the Yota IFS ain't as flexy as the TTB...

And you're on the right track with the extended radius arms idea. That's probably one of the best $ vrs. performance mods on these rigs.

09-16-2006, 04:59 AM
99% of the under 4.0 L have the Dana 28 and the 7.5 inich axle. run them till they die and swap in the 8.8 and D35 axlesthe bigger axles are strorng. An item on petersons 4x4 should have a write up on the super 88 axle kit which makes them light and strong. ive heard of people(jakerng) run 37 " boggers on the 8.8 and D35