Originally Posted by wyldechild
Leave it. The few extra MPG's isn't worth compromising the look IMO. Get a tuner and try to get some better MPGs out of it.
Originally Posted by Mcleary316
Yeah if you own a ranger don't expect it to be a great dd as far as milage goes. Just keep the look.
Not true at all. I'm avg 26mpg with a 2.3 auto 4.10 gears right now. going back stock will make a BIG difference.
4cyl rangers can and do get good mpg stock or lowered. However the 3.0's and 4.0's will see minimal gains going from lifted to stock. I've owned all 3 engines included the old 2.3 and the new 2.3.
4.0 stock I got about 16-17 around town and lifted on 33's I got about 13-15mpg
3.0 stock I got 17-20mpg and lifted on 33's I got 15-17mpg.
With the older 2.3/2.5 you will likely avg around 20-24mpg, but with the new 2.3 duratec you can see as good as low to mid 30's stock. Lowest I have seen with my mazda was 22mpg avg on stock size tires.
To the OP if you want to go stock I say go stock and lower it. It would be a nice looking truck lowered and you can have more fun with it that way and probably be able to save for a 4x4 beater.