I am willing to bet you would be hard pressed (read: it is nearly impossible) to get a dealer to 'throw in' repainted fender flairs for you. And if they do, I am sure they are going to pull a large profit on it. I think you are better off just budgeting some money and taking it to a local body shop right after taking delivery.
Originally Posted by l2en
The torsen comes in the fx4 and LII packages on the 06
Is that true? I thought it was LII only.. at least it was in '03. FordVehicles.com seems to indicate the base FX4 still comes w/ the clutch L/S in a 28-spline axle.
The base FX4 STILL does not come w/ a front skid plate!
If I had to do it over again (like you) and were still interested in a Ranger, I would probably do the LII package again. I agree about the 2-tone paint. Yellow on gray wouldn't look half bad; extra flashy. The front end looks like bum to me, but there isn't anything you can do about that. The rear axle, especially the torsen is really nice, especially in the snow. The shocks are nice too. The wheels, interior trim and such are icing. For the price difference over a base FX4, it is entirely worth it. One thing I really love about my LII is the bucket seats.. but you can get that in a base FX4 too. (I never would have considered a Ranger w/ buckets, but after sitting in them I am glad I did!)
Swapping an explorer axle will buy you the heavier axle and discs, but it still won't give you the torsen L/S. If you are hell-bent on lifting it and making an off-road monster, then by all means, start w/ a lesser Ranger. But then if you are doing that then you should start w/ a used truck anyhow..