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Redneck Cowgirl
03-22-2007, 10:32 PM
Ok so.... with the truck I want to build... Since I am going to swap axles anyways do I need to guys a 4wheel drive truck???? how hard is if to switch over? is it worth doing?

duff
03-22-2007, 11:10 PM
what kind of truck? probly better off just buying one thats allready4x4

Redneck Cowgirl
03-22-2007, 11:14 PM
Ranger.... [cheers]

duff
03-22-2007, 11:19 PM
so 4x4 not mutch more expensive than 2x4, and easyer , you dont just have to add an axle, thers t-case, drive shafts, shift linkage, mounts ect. ect. for the cost and hastle I would just start with a 4x

Redneck Cowgirl
03-22-2007, 11:22 PM
thanx...[cheers] question anwsered

DeeDee
03-22-2007, 11:32 PM
I had an older ranger and that was the plan......once it got started i wished i had just bought a bloody 4x4... but im not the most patient person[cheers]

Redneck Cowgirl
03-22-2007, 11:33 PM
Thanx... I have the time... but dont know if its worth it... and i am thinkin that time could be spent better buildin up[36]

Redneck Lincoln
03-22-2007, 11:46 PM
buy a 4x4 spend money on upgrades. trust me. ever heard that before???

Redneck Cowgirl
03-22-2007, 11:51 PM
[cheers] was think I could save enough money to make it worth wail... but if i buy a 4x4 I can wheel and build it:happy0045: thanx all

jeepingpw
03-23-2007, 08:41 PM
Don't know about a Ranger, but we did a buddies '88 F150 2wd into 4wd in 8 hours while drinking beers. (with all parts found & laying on shop floor)

Redneck Cowgirl
03-23-2007, 09:00 PM
Don't know about a Ranger, but we did a buddies '88 F150 2wd into 4wd in 8 hours while drinking beers. (with all parts found & laying on shop floor)

Nice... so could do it eh?

MetalMan
03-23-2007, 09:12 PM
An old fullsize that was rednecked together with beer power is a little different story than a little Ranger that she may want to do properly, and will likely not be finding the parts for it just lying around on the floor. I would never go to that kind of hassle, you're way better off starting with a 4x4. Of course, you're also way better off starting with something that isn't a Ford...

jeepingpw
03-23-2007, 09:21 PM
Metalman, we went to Pick a Part & got the trans/t-case, shafts, linkage, front axle. Just unbolted the 2wd stuff & bolted in the 4wd stuff, not butch & easy.

As I stated, I don't know if a Ranger would be as easy.

Redneck Cowgirl
03-23-2007, 09:49 PM
thanx all for your advice[cheers] think ill stick with a 4x4.... that way I cant wheel it from day one.

Ginger Snaps
03-23-2007, 10:53 PM
yeah for sure get a 4x4 swap 1/2 ton axles in 37s mmm that would be a sexy ranger

Redneck Cowgirl
03-23-2007, 11:23 PM
yeah for sure get a 4x4 swap 1/2 ton axles in 37s mmm that would be a sexy ranger

???? I was think 1 ton[36] go big or go him;) yes going to be a soooooooo sexy ranger mmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmm good:p

MetalMan
03-23-2007, 11:44 PM
http://www.freewebs.com/killernate/Ford%20suck.jpg

Ginger Snaps
03-24-2007, 12:25 AM
???? I was think 1 ton[36] go big or go him;) yes going to be a soooooooo sexy ranger mmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmm good:p
haha you sound like my kinda gal haha but if you swap in a 8.8 from a explorer and a solid 44 youll be good:D

u2slow
03-24-2007, 02:26 AM
Detroit locker makes a 2wd as good as a stock 4x4. :D

Redneck Cowgirl
03-24-2007, 03:10 AM
haha you sound like my kinda gal haha but if you swap in a 8.8 from a explorer and a solid 44 youll be good:D

Expaine more???

Ginger Snaps
03-24-2007, 11:22 AM
with 1 ton axles your going to have your tires will stick out way passed the body because of the width meaning huge flares and d.o.t riding you if you plan on driving it on the road. but if you use a 8.8 from a explorer its the right width to fit under a ranger and get a solid dana 44 from a early bronco. but cause the width is the right size for a ranger so it looks good. unless you would want to shorten the 1ton axles meaning lots more work and new shafts hope that helps you out abit sorry if it dosnt make sence its early for me:p

hornythrony
03-24-2007, 02:20 PM
Metalman, we went to Pick a Part & got the trans/t-case, shafts, linkage, front axle. Just unbolted the 2wd stuff & bolted in the 4wd stuff, not butch & easy.

As I stated, I don't know if a Ranger would be as easy.

it is dooable but if you dont have the parts it will cost you and time cuz you gotta do everything twice pull out of donor and put back into your truck but if you were making a show truck and had a very mint 2wd i would but its going to be a beater and you dont have the truck yet go 4x4 so what if its been beat on already i beat mine every day:D (ranger that is;) )

hornythrony
03-24-2007, 02:24 PM
heres a ranger on 37 with EB running gear its the way to go if you can get it and i also know where there is a EB front axle with 3.55 gears i believe

4doorShorty
03-25-2007, 11:46 AM
you can go 1 ton and get the H1 rims that have 7" backspacing. But shes moving to the middle of nowhereland. DOT isnt a huge deal, plus pick up a PG bargain finder, old trucks up here are extremely cheap and plentiful.

Redneck Cowgirl
03-25-2007, 12:03 PM
you can go 1 ton and get the H1 rims that have 7" backspacing. But shes moving to the middle of nowhereland. DOT isnt a huge deal, plus pick up a PG bargain finder, old trucks up here are extremely cheap and plentiful.

:confused: :dontknow: I understand the backspacing thing... but H1 is that a brand or somthing????

Ginger Snaps
03-25-2007, 12:08 PM
i think he means hummer h1 rims

ez_b
03-25-2007, 01:05 PM
nice ranger, looks like ucfv. how much is the eb axle you found?

Crazy_Eye
03-25-2007, 08:36 PM
heres a ranger on 37 with EB running gear its the way to go if you can get it and i also know where there is a EB front axle with 3.55 gears i believe

wanna build me a ranger like that but chop out the fenders and have it sit a lil lower

4doorShorty
03-25-2007, 09:32 PM
i think he means hummer h1 rims

yeah

Redneck Cowgirl
03-25-2007, 09:58 PM
[cheers] you all... giving me some great ideas, man I am excited to get started[36]