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#1096 of 1143 doesn't sound good frohrs,
Nov 22, 2003 (8:47 pm)
But you probably already knew that. The 2300, or 2.3l should be a non-interference motor (at least my '93 was). But you could have valve problems. Hopefully it's just a seal or a bit of carbon build up preventing it from sealing. Cheap fix could be some cleaner/carbon remover (RxP) run through your fuel. Otherwise it'll require some mechanic time to diagnose and fix.
Speaking of Dome lights, I just replaced my 2003 Edge's dome light with one off a 96 Mustang. Why? Because my regular cab edge had a basic dome/cabin light and no map lights. Good thing was Ford did run the wiring for the map lights, but I had to fabricate the connection to my new dome light fixture. Works awesome, and was a fun thing to do.
Next up, I'll be taking apart my third brake light. You see, the Rangers with a solid brake light (all red) for the third brake light only have one bulb installed, but the actual lense has mounts for three bulbs. Presumably, the lens comes off the same mold of the lenses with Cargo or reverse lights build into them.
Ford also pre-ran the wiring for the cargo lights, but since my lense is completely red, I'll be adding the two outside bulbs, and making them supplemental brake lights AND turn signal lights. Should be another fun weekend project, that'll take little more than some wires, and a little dismantling.
Nov 25, 2003 (2:39 pm)
It's awful quiet out on the B Series Board so I thought I would post here also. I've got a 2002 B4000 4X4. Been happy with the truck. I've got 33k miles. The stupid Goodyear Wranglers are already going bald, which seems extremely short to me.
I've never been real happy with wet weather traction (not hydroplaning - low speed grip). I think the LSD and all that torque from the 4.0 engine makes this problem worse, because it is ridiculously easy to break both rear tires loose and fishtail on wet pavement.
I'd like to replace them with something that will last longer, grip better on the wet, handle well on dry pavement and that is good off road and not cost a fortune. Any suggestions?
I think the tires are 245/75 R16s. Has anyone with a 4x4 tried to go to something bigger without changing the wheels?
Nov 26, 2003 (9:49 pm)
Many have gone bigger, some have even put as large as 31" tires on without any torsion bar cranking. They might have to remove a mud flap or two to prevent rubbing during extreme turns, but that's it. Of course larger tires will make your speedometer innacurate, but usually no more than 5-8% off. There are many calculators out there on the net, just search for Tire Size Calculator, and you'll know exactly how much your prospective tires are wider, taller, or larger in circumference.
Sorry I can't recommend any right now, My truck only has 6,000 miles currently...
#1099 of 1143 Tire upgrade. . .
Nov 28, 2003 (8:10 pm)
If you have 245X16, you can go up to 265X16, with a slight rub in full articulation. Do not think they make a 31X16, but the 265 is between a 31 and a 32 inch tire.
I woiuld suggest BF Goodrich AT KO's. Best all round tire out there. I got 52K off my set, look sharp, perform well.
I currently run Goodyear MTR's but they are not for everone. I might go back to the BFG's next go around.
Dec 01, 2003 (9:10 am)
Thanks for the input.
#1101 of 1143 atlgaxt, also. . .
Dec 03, 2003 (12:13 pm)
If you have the 7.5 inch or 8 inch rims, they are fine for a 265X16 or a 31X10.5X15 tire.
BFG AT KO's are sharp and good allround. Goodyear MTR's are very agressive off-road tires, kind of a rough ride on daily driver...but they are by far the best off-road tire, IMHO based on a weekend at Tuttle Creek, KS off-road vehicle park...walked out of mud that would have killed the truck with BFG's.
I get no rubbing on 31X10.5X15, a guy I know with 265X16 tires rubs a bit.
If you go bigger, remember, lower air pressure for bigger tires.
I run around 29-30 lb of air on 31X10.5X15 tires.
#1102 of 1143 Replacement Tires
Dec 05, 2003 (9:20 am)
I replaced the 245/75r16 tires on my Ranger with 265/70r16 Bridgestone Dueller A/T Revos. These Bridgestone Revo's are the most highly rated A/T tire out there - yes, even better than the BFGs. The 265/70 size is only .5% taller than the stock tires, keeping your speedometer and odometer readings accurate. They do look a little beefier on the truck, ride smoother, and are quite quiet. I highly recommend the Revos!
#1103 of 1143 Responding to "campout" message 1076
Dec 05, 2003 (10:16 am)
I bought a 2003 Edge 2wd ext. cab. I like midsize trucks and enjoy this truck very much. I decided to go with the 4.0 and I think you should consider this option. The mileage is at least as good as the 3.0. I get 19+ around town. Get the tow package with this motor and the 3.55 rear(I got LSD because of all the sand and slippery boat ramps). This package has the highest tow rating.
Dec 06, 2003 (7:55 am)
Jeep is coming out with a 2.8L diesel with 7700 lbs towing and 28 MPG in the Liberty. Sounds like something Ford should have in the Ranger. Do they offer this ex-US? Why not here? Why do we have to get crappy mileage if we want a tow vehicle, when a small diesel takes care of this problem?
#1105 of 1143 Responding to razoredge message 1103
Dec 29, 2003 (8:04 pm)
Is your truck auto or manual transmission? Have you had a chance to pull your boat yet? I am looking to purchase a truck and was considering a 4x4 because of slippery boat ramps and the occasional winter storm here in NC. Is your boat/trailer less than 3000 lbs? I have located two trucks that I am interested in. One is a 2003 3.0 edge 4x4 and the other is a 2004 4.0 xlt value package 4x4. I could save a lot of money by purchasing an 04 edge EC 4.0 4x2 like you did instead of buying the 4wd vehicle. What are your thoughts?