Looking for good info...
First time to the forum... thanks!
picked up a 98 2.5l 4cyl 2wd 5 spd about a year ago. been wondering what to do with it.
turns out there's plenty that can be done... however i seem to be lacking in peeps that are willing to do what i need / want done.
so here's the what's what currently.
trans, ball joints, control arm bushings, front bearings, and brakes all need work.
not a lot...
here's what i would like to do...
swap the 2.5 for something bigger.
lift, convert to 4wd if possible
after that, it's all esthetics. gotta look as good as it'll go.
the problem is, i'm no mechanic. i can do a few minor things, but when it comes to the major upgrades, i have to rely upon others. and... as stated above, i seem to be lacking in mechanics out here that are willing to even entertain the idea that the truck is worth the effort
" can't be done", "can't get parts", "truck isn't worth it", "buy a toyota".
to be honest... i'm getting a little ticked off about it.
Rangers are epic trucks, and i don't care about the money. more money means more time i'd have to save in order for the work to get done.
first off... transmission needs replaced / rebuilt.
might as well do clutch at the same time.
but... if i'm to replace the transmission, why not upgrade it.
if i do that... might as well do the rear end too.
if i'm to do that... why not convert to 4 wd?
somebody please help!
what would fit... what would work... and if it can't be done, then for the love of all things holy... please tell me why and what will.