Originally Posted by ericsmith32
I wonder what they were smokin when they thought of that.
The driver side splash guard was shotened about 2002 to help lower underhood temperatures during desert testing running high volatility fuels. A couple of years later, it was deleted completely. Ford has to build vehicles that will perform well in a wide range of worst-case conditions.
Since I don't live where it's extremely hot and I don't run gasohol, I installed a second PS guard on the DS. The PS shield is identical to the DS shield on earlier models except the pins are pushed in backwards. The added shield keeps the engine compartment MUCH cleaner in muddy conditions. A very worthwhile mod.
Don't bother trying to order a new DS guard from an earlier model Ranger (like I did the first time, LOL). The part number has been superseded to a 1/4 length guard that is completely useless. Just go to a junkyard or order a new PS guard from the dealer - mine cost $14 new a couple of years ago.
PS part number: F87Z-16102-AA
That is the correct number for my 2003 and I would guess that newer trucks use the same.
It also helps to reverse the push pins and install both of the splash guards on the inside of the plastic inner fenders instead of the outside like they are from the factory. That way, they don't get ripped off by the tires as easily when offroading.
You will probably need to repunch the rear two holes in the rubber to get everything to line up - easy.
This simple mod gives extra clearance and, just as importantly, hides the prominent top edge that the tires like to grab hold of while turning.
Here is the remounted shield. At the top of the photo, you can see the "witness mark" on the inner fender where the splash shield used to be on the outside:
This view shows the inside of the inner fender with the reversed push pins and the repunched holes. (You don't need to pull the inner fenders to reverse the shields. I took this picture when I was installing headers and had the inner fenders off for access):
Swoop discovers the "missing" splash shield. Look at the underside of the hood and notice how much more mud made its way into the DS of the engine compartment: