Build Plans for Hunting/Off Roading
Hey all, new to the forum, and have some questions and looking for feedback on plans I have for a 1988 Ranger extended cab 4x4 I'm about to buy off of my good friend. I'm looking for something to haul deer, elk and other game out of the woods and back to my house, and I've been itching to get another rig to offroad with since I sold my Jeep YJ. I would have preferred something solid axle, but I'm getting this at a great deal.
It already has a 3" body lift that I'll keep, but plans are:
4" Rough Country suspension
33" Treadwright Guard Dog M/Ts
tube winch bumper with Smittybilt XRC8 winch
replace seats and stereo
some roll bars in the bed with lights mounted.
Re-gear with a locker or spool rear.
I've been looking for places to get a ring & pinion set to regear to 4.56s, but my go-to place doesn't have anything at all for the Dana 28 IFS. Where could I get a gear set? Also-any places you guys know of that make winch bumpers for the '88? been looking for a while and can't find anything. I'm also searching for a spool for the rear 7.5" axle and can't find one. Should I just look for a rear 8.8" rear axle off a newer wrecked ranger? I was thinking maybe just weld the spider gears in the rear 7.5". I wanna do this build as cheap as possible because this is just a beater I can take into the woods without really worrying about damage. Any help is greatly appreciated!
btw the ranger has the 2.9L V6 with the 5spd manual trans.