Originally Posted by TxHoss
Hello to all. I am new to this forum and deciding to start some upgrades on my ranger. I have a 01 Ranger Edge. I am getting my JBA headers in this coming week and am wondering how difficult it will be to install these and if there is any prep work that I will need to do to my truck before I go to take the stock system off and put these on? Thanks in advance.
I don't know if you have a 3.0L or a 4.0L. I installed a set alone on a 4.0L and it took the better part of a day. Some say it's a weekend job and that probably depends a lot on how much you have in the way of tools and equipment available. Universal sockets, ratcheting box wrenches, and other close quarters tools will make the job much easier. A hoist would have helped but I don't have access to one.
IMO, it is best to completely remove the front tire/wheels and plastic inner fenders, at least on the 4.0L. This gives you the access and the visibility to get the job done. Be sure to soak the exhaust fasteners in PB Blaster or an equivalent penetrant well before you start disassembly.
I ground a small bevel on the passenger side collector flange to open up a little clearance to the oil filter adapter. It may have been possible to make it work without the bevel but I had heard that other people had trouble with contact or interference between these parts on the 4.0L Ranger. This is not an issue if you have a 3.0L.
The finished installation: