I'm new to Ranger-Forums. Just sold my gorgeous 2011 Toyota Tacoma, 4.0L V6, Access Cab, 4x4, stick shift. I loved that truck but had to downsize because I'm going back to school.
Got a really well cared for 2008 Ranger XL, 2.3L, 4x2, 5speed. Found her in Arkansas, flew out and drove her back. So far I love this truck. I became a Ford fan overnight. Everything is bone stock, so I'm learning about some different mods.
Bit by bit, this is what I'm looking to do:
Upgrade sound system. Trying to find a GPS Navigation / CD combo receiver, but it seems that will take some work. Custom sub box that fits behind driver seat, mid-grade component speakers
Switching from conventional to full synthetic oil. I read the warnings about FRAM filters, so I'll return the one I just picked up at WALMART. Seems Mobil 1 is the way to go, both for the oil and filter. Would most of yall agree with that? How often should I change that oil? Is every 5k miles overkill? Should I stretch to 7? I'm recording mileage for a bit to see if it's true that switching to full synthetic improves mpg
Seems K&N air intakes are popular. What about exhaust? I need budget options, things worth doing.
I'm keeping an eye on Craigslist and EBAY for some black wheels and bigger tires. Right now, my truck still has the tiniest, cheapest Kumho's the dealer could put on my 15's. How big can I go on stock suspension?
Anybody know if these would fit my truck?
wheels and tire combo 31x10.5-15 on 15x8
I really want to lift, but I'm afraid of the extra wear and tear. Is it possible to do a moderate lift of a few inches (enough to put on 31's, but avoid damage to stock suspension)? I can't wait to put some nice BFG 31 KOs on, but want to figure lift out first, if necessary
Does anybody know if Pep Boys is a reliable spot to do this kind of work?