Well yesterday I was power washing out my insertable bed liner, which has been in the truck since I bought it. I was spraying a little high on the back of it when I noticed some water dripping out under the truck. So I stopped washing and did some investigating. An hour, and some pinched fingers later I find this:
The other side on the same bolt is starting to get bad also but it hasn't rusted through yet. I figure the whole issue is my aftermarket bed liner sits below the edge of the bed instead of hanging over it. That means all the water, salt, snow, and random decomposed crap I washed out of it just sat in between the liner and the metal bed and did the damage. I am no welder so I don't have the means to patch the hole. Plus it is right over the gas tank. I cleaned the whole bed up the bed I could, spraying some rubberized coating on the spots that were rusting or has the paint rubbed off.
Next, I was driving hope from work and I starting get some vibrations on sharper turns. So I look under the front wheel and BOOM:
Snapped my stabilizer bar link. So I had to replace that last night. Luckily I already had a replacement laying around cause the snapped one had been bent from my wreck, I just never replaced it.
Poor Ranger, good truck, bad luck.