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Dually Ranger?

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Dually Ranger?

What would it take to turn your ranger into a dually?

I know you would need to get some custom fenders for normal looks, and new tires and wheels. I also know you would need a new rear axle, or i'm guessing haha. What else is there to making your truck a dually?

I'm not turning my ranger into a dually, ive just been wonderin lately.
 
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I often thought about putting the stepside bedsides on the reg bed and putting wide tires on.
 
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i have seen in a JC Whitney catalog that they make an adapter to make it a dualie. the fenders you would have to yourself
 
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yeah. it would be weird, but i just think seeing one would be pretty cool. and flatbed work rangers dont count. I mean like a somewhat new ranger that was made a dually.

Is it just the rear axle that would need swapping?
 
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i think the adapter Josh is talking about allows two wheels to attach together so a new axle wouldn't be needed, just a big fender flare.
 
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But real duallies have axles specifically for 2 tires on each side, or is it just the adaptor on alot of trucks? I just wanna know what youd have to do to make it happen, without kits, adaptors or things to make it a dually. Like all custom work, like put your own axle on and such. You get the idea.
 
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I am sure the axle is significantly beefier.
 
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i think like an 01+ edge or something would look cool turned into a dually, assuming the fenders would be done right and everything. Then maybe a diesel engine swap, i think itd be awsome haha. It sounds like i'm making a ranger into an F-350 haha.
 
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wow i think we would go from like 15mpg down to like 10mpg with that
 
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Your crazy!
 
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they acully made them in the 80's along with the deisel...
 
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dually's with 38" Super swampers... yea, that'd be bad ***.
I used to see a mid 80's S-15 with a dually rear, that drove past the shop i worked at a while ago. My boss said that he had the Jcwhitney adaptors, and took dually bedsides from a fullsize, just cut them, and made them fit.


What would be an advantage of dually wheels on a ranger? just coolness? traction in mud pits?
 
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Your crazy!
I would NEVER actually do it, lol. just ideas running through my head.
 
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what about 3 wheel ranger!
 
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Well enough people are already rolling theyre rangers around here, a three wheeler ranger would be horrible! We need to find someone with a realy unique ranger though. We need some crewcabbers here, or atleast more active ones.
 
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Training wheels no one would roll their rangers!
 
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I like the idea of using the adapter things, i saw a dually excursion one time.
 
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^^funky.

Roach, we should make a bomb-proof, external, circular roll cage so when you roll, you do a barrel roll and land back on your tires. Our first cage will go to kyle.
 
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i was just taliking about that,

i was thinking a 6.0 powerstroke and tranny

and dually converstion kit (populat mechanics has a company that does this)
 
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JCW sells the wheel adapters and the fenders last i checked but i haven't looked at one in a while. it wouldn't be hard to do, a decent bodyshop could do it in a couple days.
 
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that was the only pic on could find on the net

 
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I can't decide if thats ugly or not
 
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Dual rear wheel axles have different hubs and wheel mounting surfaces than a single rear wheel axle.

You would have to get a complete one-off custom *** 8.8. Or shorten the hell out of a dana 80, sterling 10 3/4 (i think, might be the 11") for example.

Also the front would also have to have different hubs/adapters/spacers since a true duallie, all 6 tires must be able to rotate. The duallie wheels have a HUGE offset, so the mounting surface of the wheel is actually not even inside the width of the tire.

I think it would be pretty stupid. Because you'd still have a small v6 powerplant and ****ty transmission. The increase load capacity of a DRW axle would not be too benefitted b/c the rest of the drivetrain wouldn't be up to the task.
 
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Originally Posted by shadyluke
I can't decide if thats ugly or not
same here lol
 

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