4x4 and Economy?? Just a Thought
I am looking at selling my 98 Explorer and maybe replacing it with a 4x4 or awd car that is better on gas. We all know the Expo/Ranger 4x4 is not the best on fuel mileage. I average 15-18 mpg in the Explorer and my 2wd Ranger (4.0 5spd) has seen a best of 26 but average around 20-24mpg.
My thought.... In a listing I noticed an option I think for an explorer where they made 3.27 gears for a 4x4 in the Dana 35 IFS. So what if I get rid of the 3.73 or 4.10 that it comes with and bought the lower front gear and put them in a regular cab Flareside Ranger 4x4 4.0L 5spd (I see an 02 for sale). . I already have a set of rear gears from a Mustang. That is the lightest truck and throwing the highway gears in. My goal is I'd like to try and hit 30mpg with it. If that doesn't do it I would see if I could find 3.08 gears but I don't think they make them for the Dana 35 IFS.
Short of playing with speedo calibration and tires sizes (not really a concern) I think this is a doable thing. I have no interest in Blazing acceleration or going off road. I just want something that is "better" on gas and 4x4 for snow driving to work with retaining truck usefulness.
Lets have the opinions.. good or bad blast me I don't care. I'd probably also put shackles/flip kit and de-crank the torsions to lower it a bit too!! I know someone with a 2009 Ranger 4x4 and he lowered it and looks great.
Next crazy thought : 300MPG!! maybe more (yeah i said it) I just need some money