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duel batteries

installed duel batteries in my 2006, use for 12v refrig when camping.
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installed duel batteries in my 2006, use for 12v refrig when camping.
did you have to move anything to get the 2nd to fit? Looks like you did a great job on the install very clean
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Yes move brake control back 2" remove old battery box tray. make room for 14"x10 1/2" angle iron battery holder.

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I might not be the only one that has one, but I custom made a shifter extension for my Hurst shifter. This was needed after my body lift.

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Are they stock or aftermarket? Im looking for something to help out when im hauling wood and stuff.
aftermarket, came from a store that no longer exists (farm & fleet) i have seen a similar set at autozone, they are a 1,500 pound rated spring and they are about 25-30 for the set.
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I might not be the only one that has one, but I custom made a shifter extension for my Hurst shifter. This was needed after my body lift.

i extended my hurst shifter **** also, but went another direction, i used a all-thread connector and a cut-off 3/8-16 bolt, used a peice of 5/8 heater hose as a cover, extended the **** up about 3 inches, made it more comfortable.
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installed duel batteries in my 2006, use for 12v refrig when camping.
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Yes move brake control back 2" remove old battery box tray. make room for 11x8 angle iron battery holder.
We need a “How-To” on this, more pics of what the area under the batteries looks like, what the Tray looks like ?


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those are overload springs, 1,200# rating. unloaded they dont even touch the frame so the truck still has a stock ride, at about 250-300 pounds in the bed they contact the frame.
Interesting setup, it would take the strain off of the weak Ranger spring hangers.
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seems to work just fine, if i get tire slippage, im not getting the axle-hop it used to have. im sure in not getting the spring-wrap i used to get when i tow the trailer.
Keep the info coming or start a separate thread, interesting setup.

What about welding the links together ?!?!?
Do you think there would be any difference ?
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Check out general electrical forum= "2 batteries same space"
for battery info I posted more batterry mod pictures in Electrical forum=brian

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Is this unique-ier?

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Is this unique-ier?

Definitely different!
We call it custom by crunch.
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Definitely different!
We call it custom by crunch.
Sounds about right! haha I hope it'd unpop itself but ..... no luck yet lol
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Im yet to see another ranger with sport trac rims lol
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Is this unique-ier?

LOL. but yeah that sucks
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Im yet to see another ranger with sport trac rims lol
Dude, you cut out your front cross member? How long have you had it like that?

I planned on doing the same thing soon, but I wanted to cut it out, and hurry up and get something welded back between the frame. If you get into a fender bender or something, you could get yourself into some trouble.
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Not sure if it is 2wd or not... but isn't it only 4x4s that have that front crossmember?
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Not sure if it is 2wd or not... but isn't it only 4x4s that have that front crossmember?
Full width bumper/tow hook plate:
  • Later model 4x4 (99?~2011)
  • 2000 2WD Trailhead
  • Early 2WD/4WD Edges



Most 98+ 2WD's have the 2 smaller bumper plates as in the picture.

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Not sure if it is 2wd or not... but isn't it only 4x4s that have that front crossmember?
Thats what I was thinking too.
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Is a 2004 2wd XLT. No cross member :) I need to add my truck details to my sig
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Full width bumper/tow hook plate:
  • Later model 4x4 (99?~2011)
  • 2000 2WD Trailhead
  • Early 2WD/4WD Edges



Most 98+ 2WD's have the 2 smaller bumper plates as in the picture.
Bob, I have always been led to believe that without the front tow plate, then a lot of strength is taken away from the front end of the truck.

What are your thoughts?
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Bob, I have always been led to believe that without the front tow plate, then a lot of strength is taken away from the front end of the truck.

What are your thoughts?
I'm not Bob, But with what i know about frames.
You don't necessarily need that cross-member. the next support behind that is the motor cradle and that's a pretty beefy support.
It'd be fine if you run without it.
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Bob, I have always been led to believe that without the front tow plate, then a lot of strength is taken away from the front end of the truck.

What are your thoughts?
I don't see how the full width factory 4x4-style cross plate would add a lot of extra stiffness to the front of the frame compared to the two 2WD plates. A little, yes, but not much. IMO, that plate is not even strong enough to mount tow hooks and some owners have, in fact, pulled that plate into a vee when using the stock hooks for recovery.

To improve that weakness, I welded a cut-down Econoline rear hitch across the front rails just ahead of the core support. Then I welded the factory plate and hook mounting points directly to the hitch structure for what has to be a huge increase in strength for using the hooks. Even so, I wouldn't think that what I added is that important for the overall strength of the frame.
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I don't see how the full width factory 4x4-style cross plate would add a lot of extra stiffness to the front of the frame compared to the two 2WD plates. A little, yes, but not much. IMO, that plate is not even strong enough to mount tow hooks and some owners have, in fact, pulled that plate into a vee when using the stock hooks for recovery.

To improve that weakness, I welded a cut-down Econoline rear hitch across the front rails just ahead of the core support. Then I welded the factory plate and hook mounting points directly to the hitch structure for what has to be a huge increase in strength for using the hooks. Even so, I wouldn't think that what I added is that important for the overall strength of the frame.
Ok, Thanks Bob!

The reason I am asking, I am hoping to add something else to this thread.
I plan on cutting my tow plate off pretty soon. I will be replacing it with 2x2x 1/4" square tubing, and relocating the mounting points for tow hooks/d-rings.
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I don't see how the full width factory 4x4-style cross plate would add a lot of extra stiffness to the front of the frame compared to the two 2WD plates. A little, yes, but not much. IMO, that plate is not even strong enough to mount tow hooks and some owners have, in fact, pulled that plate into a vee when using the stock hooks for recovery.

To improve that weakness, I welded a cut-down Econoline rear hitch across the front rails just ahead of the core support. Then I welded the factory plate and hook mounting points directly to the hitch structure for what has to be a huge increase in strength for using the hooks. Even so, I wouldn't think that what I added is that important for the overall strength of the frame.
Do you have pictures of that? i'd kind of like to see how that was done.
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Taped up my grill and painted the outside bars black left the middle chrome. I haven't seen another one yet on here or in person.

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