Stock Truck Ideas
So. I'm new-jack-city here, pleased to meet you all. I've lurked on and off for a few years now.
I have a stock 2000 Ranger (forest green, extended cab, 4x2 3.0) that I'm looking to do some work on.
Right now she has the bigger tires that Sam's Club fits for her (Rugged A/Ts) and that's about it except for 110,000 miles and a lot of good memories. I change the oil like a good little boy and for the most part she runs like a champ. Any issues that I have had have been user error related. After a lot of thought and looking at craigslist for months I've said goodbye to ideas of getting a new truck and instead decided to "hook-up" the old green Danger Ranger.
Being in Louisville, KY there is snow (or at least ice) pretty regular and the roads are a little more unforgiving than those in ATL area.
Enough small talk.
I tentatively want to do some on-a-budget performance work (IE no super chargers, stuff of that nature) but maybe a good sounding exhaust, cold air, transmission cooler, etc. I'm more concerned about mileage and handling at the moment, she's making about 250 miles to the tank. Yes, I know it's a truck, before the bashing starts. Yet, there has to be something I can do. When she was in her younger days (below 100k) she was averaging almost 400 to a tank, so I'm kind of suspicious that something is amiss.
Aside from under the hood I'd like to black out/murder her out (on the cheap, once again) and get the suspension and handling a little smoother and a touch lower.
I have noticed a lot of salt/snow chemicals/green stuff I can't readily identify, and I'm curious as to how to best tackle this (washing her every day is not an option, as much as I love her and well as she has done by me.
It's cold as the devil's heart here some mornings, so getting some kind of remote start going (yes, that's right, on the cheap) is pretty important to me also.
Last but not least I have heard for every 50 pounds you strip off you gain roughly one MPG. This may be exaggerated, I haven't a clue.
End state I'd like to spend no more than $2k over a year or so on this whole venture. Wish me luck.
So there's my starting point, and most of my ideas. I'll get some pictures going this weekend, wife/life/weather permitting.