Originally Posted by Ranger?
Is there a stickie that details all the ins and outs of the trimlines?
great idea, i was thinking the same thing, we need a sticky for they!
The Fx4 sounds like what you need! Since you wont go wheeling alot, it has what you need WHEN you need it! or just get what i have, i dont wheel alot, but i do have a 4.0L, 4.10 gears, and 4x4 WHEN i do need it! i dont have the fx4, but all i really lack is the bilstein shocks! If you want a REALLY nice Ranger, find urself a FX4 Level II! they come with a Torsen Limited Slip Rearend, Bilstein Shocks (or Ranco in later years i think), 15" Alcoa Wheels, All black interior, and you have the option of black leather seats, the 01-03 models had the option of double chrome sticks, that is a 5 speed and a manual transfer case (mine and all others have elec. shift on the fly)! The Level II is the Ranger fully loaded!
They are as follows:
XL: base package, all stock including vinyl seats, floors, basic radio, you can find them in 4x4 supercab model, but usually they are Fleet trucks this way!
XLT: Steps up with chrome bumpers and grille (only grille 06' and up) they come with carpet or vinyl floors, 4x4 or 4x2 models availiabe in reg cab, supercab (supercab usually have jump seats in back but some have storage boxes in place). The interior is updated to a cloth interior and wither have a 60/40 bench/buckets seats or just regular buckets with a center console. They have the option of fog lites which USUALLY come standard on 4x4s, but is not always the case. The 4x2 XLTs generally have a regular hood (no powerdome) but after 2004 or 05, they now have powerdomes too! 01-03s didnt.... 4X4 models come with the powerdoe standard. 01-03s 4x2 XLTs usually come with a chrome h bar style grille while the 4x4s came with a full honeycomb grille. 04'+ come with a chrome H-Bar grille (different thean 01-03s). They also come in 4 door supercab and 2 door supercab (mine is 2 door supercab) models. The rear doors are suicide doors.
Edge/Sport: Depending on the year they are either the Edge or Sport. 98-00, they were Sport, 2001-2005, they were Edge, 06+ back to Sport. These have the same as the XLT, hoever, there is NO chrome on truck! All panels are body paint matched. on the 01-05s they had black honeycome grilles. 06-07, they have h-bar grilles that are paint matched. 08+ they have a Horizontal bar stule grille. The Edges have all the features of the XLT, just with these few minor changes
XLT FX4: All the features mentioned for the XL, however, the suspension is upgraded to Bilstein shocks. They also usually have the 4.10 gears.
Fx4 Level IIs: They have all the features of the FX4, however they are updated with all black plastic interior. The seats are (dependign on the year) black with colored inserts. In some years, they came with a stone like pattern insert. The best option is the black leather. These also come with Bilstein shocks. However, i think the 06+ (no longer called levell II) come with Ranchos that may just be the newest ones though. Also 01-03s came with the double sticks (manual transfer case and manual tranny). They are also equiped with a Torsen LS diff. The best thing about the LIIs is that they came with Alcoa Wheels in three different finishes: either machined, polished, or DSG (gunmetal)