Hello fellow Ranger enthusiasts,
I just wanted to invite you to review my Ranger 4x4 project. I am starting with my 2006 Ranger Sport 2WD 2DR and converting it to IFS 4x4. I have read that it is cheaper to buy a 4x4 than to do the conversion, but I disagree. I priced a 2006 4x4 4DR with a 4.0L and it was $21,000+ with my X-Plan discount. The dealership offered only $13,000 for my 6 month old truck with 15,000 miles. After payoff of $12,000 that is only a down payment of $1,000 and leaves me with a $20,000 debt to repay. Not a good deal by any measure.
I have bought nearly all of the components for 4x4 and only lack transfer case control/engagement and front and rear driveshafts. My investment thus far is only $850. While I have it apart, I am replacing all of the seals and checking for hidden damage. I don't want to have to pull anything apart once I get it all together.
Here are links to the pages showing my progress. Right now I am replacing the transmission in my convertible so that I have something to drive to work while the truck is apart. Feel free to offer your feedback and ideas.