$1200 - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


General Ford Ranger Discussion General discussion of the Ford Ranger that does not fit in any other sub-forum.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 10-25-2009
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: wilmington, nc
Posts: 8
$1200

So I sold my dirt bike, which was getting very little use due to my time being consumed with college life. Go heels So now I got 1200 dollars laying around and some of it's just gotta go into my ranger.

My ranger is a rusty piece of crap that I bought for $1860, so I'm not trying to make it pretty. It has some rusty, mostly just a nasty rust spot on my rear bumper, so I might try to pick up a used rear bumper. I think I may also get new leaf spring hangers, they're not lookin too good either. Oh, btw, it's a 1998 2wd long bed single cab 3.0 auto 87k miles with fabtech lift spindles up front. It also has an exhaust leak/issue either in the cat converter or near it.

Ideas
-Lift springs? I have coil spacers which I might put in to get up to 5.5 inches, but are aftermarket springs that much better? For the back, I've already got 2 inch blocks and 2 inch shackles, but I haven't found time to install these.
-Cherry bomb glass pack? Or something cool for my exhaust while I get that leak fixed. Ideas?
-Brush guard, I ripped off the lower plastic piece on my front bumper and the bottom of my radiator pokes out, I want to hide that maybe.
-Bigger tires? I have 31's. I don't want to regear, it's just not worth it for my cheap truck. I dont care if it's slow at first to accelerate. Maybe 33's? Would 35 be fatal to my truck w/ 3.73's? Let me state again I'm hardly picky about acceleration, I just don't want to hurt my truck. It rarely see's the high way nowadays.
-My trucks first transmission flush.
-New shocks all the way around.

What would ya'll do with 1200?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10-26-2009
Ford04Ranger4.0's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Plattsburgh, New York
Posts: 3,390
I'd fix the truck and put the rest in the bank...
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-26-2009
ccernst's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Kansas City, MO
Posts: 380
Quote:
Originally Posted by ambrose View Post
-My trucks first transmission flush.
-New shocks all the way around.
bank the rest
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-26-2009
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: wilmington, nc
Posts: 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by ccernst View Post
bank the rest
Well I gotta get my exhaust issue fixed, it's loud as hell and I can hear a whistling noise. I should probably also get those hangers replaced so I don't die when one of them snaps haha. But yeah new shocks and tranny flush are essential at this point, maybe not the shocks but they are pretty cheap
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-27-2009
wildbill's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Crestwood
Posts: 308
Ride the truck as is...buy stocks....sell in five years and get newer ranger. Don't put money into a, "... rusty piece of crap that I bought for $1860." If you need a muffler, get a cheapo glass pack straight pipe muffler and coat hanger it up. Keep your eye on the 08, 09, and 2010 models out now that you're gonna get in 2014 with the money you saved and invested!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-27-2009
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: wilmington, nc
Posts: 8
awww but 98 is one of my favorite body styles! It's actually a really nice truck, I just need to wash it and treat it well. The rust is there but only bad in the very back. It's not on the body. It was so cheap because I just had the cash and talked down a lady who was moving trying to get a quick sale. My reason was that the serpentine belt was squeaking so when I got a prepurchase inspection they quoted like 400 dollars to replace the assembly (tensioner and pulleys.) By the way chapel hill tire is retarded, or thought I was :P I ended up getting a 30 dollar goodyear gatorback belt and the squeeeaks were gone! With 87k miles and and good cosmetic condition I never want to think about sellin it!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-28-2009
wildbill's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Crestwood
Posts: 308
So it's in better shape than you implied...great! I would definitely do the tranny fluid, exhaust, and bumper....then invest the rest. Trust me, there will always be something you just HAVE to do to your ride, and blowing the whole wad on todays trendy fashion ain't gonna fix a busted a/c compressor or whatever. At 87k miles, she's just a pup practically.

Hey, you got any pics...we all luv pics.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2006 HD 1200 Sportster sale or trade TheBrain Ranger Based Vehicles 0 01-18-2010 08:52 PM
1200 mile trip, PM? rizoss16 General Ford Ranger Discussion 22 05-26-2009 08:21 AM
FS/ 2002 Ranger 2.3L wrecked clear title $1200.00/ Georgia ti-force Ranger Based Vehicles 3 04-12-2009 09:05 PM
Is it worth it? ranger for $1200 MURFS66 General Ford Ranger Discussion 18 03-06-2008 10:24 AM
Check out this craigslist ad! 2000xlt for 1200?? 98rang General Ford Ranger Discussion 13 04-05-2007 08:00 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:37 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.