Thanks Guys --
Now that I have it mostly done there's no doubt about it being bad!
I've been following these directions: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...44#post1499844
which seem to fit my '03 Ranger, too.
I'm at the "squirt and bang" phase though -- I've removed all the bolts in those directions and that I can see. Doesn't want to budge, so as I walk by it I squirt PB Blaster and whack it a few times with the rubber mallet. Any other ideas?
W00T -- Editing to say never mind the last part...found out Advance Auto in town loans tools. Borrowed a hub puller, took all of 3-1/2 minutes to pull it off.
I'm off to go pickup some new tie rod ends (the rubber on the existing one looks damaged), and some new front shocks while I have everything exposed.