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#909 of 1143 peaches5, with reference to your question
Aug 23, 2002 (5:04 pm)
regarding suggestions on tires, I had the Michelin Cross Terrain tires mounted on my 2001 Ford Ranger XLT 4X4 with 4.0 V6, 5-sp auto transmission. I would highly recommend them. They are very good highway tires, quiet with very good traction and highly rated. I live in Oregon, where we get a lot of rain, so I guess here is a good place to put them to the test. They are not the cheapest tires around, but I have been very pleased with their performance. Probably not the right tires if you use them for off-the- road driving, however. Their durability should be quite high, if one drives the vehicle around town or does a lot of highway driving. Also, they appear to be the tires of choice for many newer SUV's.
The KL idea might be somewhat helpful, but, in my opinion, it is not a permanent solution and hardly a substitute for good quality tires with good braking and traction control.
#910 of 1143 Newer Ranger high miles or older with low miles?
Aug 27, 2002 (12:30 pm)
I am looking for a Ranger Ext. Cab and right now I see a good deal on a 2000 V6 with 54k for $7995. Sounds great but high mileage. I also see a 94 3 L V6 with only 89k and its at $7000. Am I better going for the 2000 because its newer and wil have less wrong with mechanical parts? Or do these old Fords last forever and I should chew them down on the 94?
Aug 29, 2002 (9:02 am)
I'd stay with a 98 or newer. I believe that's when they changed the way the front of the frame was constructed. Seem to remember it's 300% stiffer than before the change. If you take care of the routine maintenance Rangers seem to go a long time. I put 175K on a 90 and have a 01 4.0 supercab now. Remember and see previous posts, 3.0s ping on regular gas, 4.0s are thirsty. They also depreciate very fast to 50% of new, it might be a good idea to check for the aluminum drive shaft on late 00,01s as they are a fix for driveline vibration. So shop around and don't wag you tail when you see one you like.... good luck
#912 of 1143 ranger traction
Aug 30, 2002 (8:41 pm)
I had the same problem with traction in the wet with a toyota 4x4 I used to have. Over the years I tried different types of tires but that didnot cure the problem. I would do two things: put tires on it designed for the rain and put about 300 lbs over the rear wheels (both sides of the axle) and that will make a big difference. By the way make sure you secure the sand, kitty litter etc. so the load doesn't shift on you. I bolted steel plates to the bed, just be careful where you drill the holes.
The back of a pickup truck is just to light. Until I did that my truck (4 cyl) sometimes would scare the hell out of me.
Aug 31, 2002 (11:41 am)
Thanks for the info - makes me realize that getting the 4X4 isn't going to do much good. We now have 90 pounds of cat litter ready to load the next time the driveway's wet. Thankfully, that's the only place there's trouble, so we can keep the litter home, and only put it in the truck when it's raining/been raining.
Front wheel drives make it with no problem. Even my sister's little 12 year old 4cyl Camry made it up in the rain - it wasn't HAPPY when it got to the top, and probably wouldn't have lasted more than 10 trips, but it was still a trooper A 2002 Maxima I rented just zoomed up with zero effort. Had I not needed the truck, I would have bought the Maxima
Thanks again for the info!
Aug 31, 2002 (4:09 pm)
peaches5, there is not subsitute for cubic inches and horepower. Seriously, I don't think 90 lbs is enough, I would try 200 lbs. One thing you might what to remember is that a good even load in the bed will also help when braking in the wet. I had a couple of occasions when I just couldn't stop. One time I tried to stop for a light that was turning red and the truck just slid right into the intersection. I thought for sure I was going to be in an accident, but everyone that was at that intersection saw me coming and waited. It was like driving on ice, it really scared me and that's when I put the weight in the back. You can't understand unless you're been there.
Sep 01, 2002 (8:20 am)
What are you keeping in there that's 200 pounds?
Sep 01, 2002 (6:13 pm)
peaches5, I wapped bags of sand in heavy duty plastic secured with tape. Then I placed one bag in front and behind each wheel well. I made a frame out of two by fours to keep the bags from sliding around. This may seem excessive but the whole project only took 2-3 hours. Home depot has 60 pound sand bags for about 3 dollars ( 4x60 =240 lbs). When wet they are a whole lot heavier. The 2x4's were $2.75 each( you only need 3) and the tarp was another 10 bucks. If you have a shell on your truck you may not need the tarp. At the end of the rainy season you can either store the bags on the side of your house for next year or spread the sand all over your lawn. For a couple of years I bolted two 125 pound steel plates to the bed. My dad got them for free overwise I would have stayed with the sand.
Sep 02, 2002 (12:38 pm)
Many thanks! My mind doesn't think like that but thankfully, my son who's driving the truck for awhile can do exactly what you mentioned.
#918 of 1143 Prospective Ranger Owner - Questions
Sep 04, 2002 (5:19 am)
I am considering a 1999 Ranger Xtracab 4x2 but have some concerns regarding the handling issues in wet weather noted on this forum.
This '99 ranger has 3.0 V-6, Auto, A/C, cruise/tilt, AM-FM/Casette/CD, sliding rear window, bed liner and Alloy wheels. The truck is in excellent condition with 39,600 miles and is going for $8,500.00. This truck is to suppliment my new car for general use and light duty hauling. I consider this to be a good deal but the issue of handling in wet weather concerns me.
My driving style is generally smooth but I am unsure of the Rangers reactions when the pavement is wet.
Thanks for any comments current Ranger owners can provide.
M. J. McCloskey