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08 fx4 rangers

i found out the other day that the 08 fx4 ranger is only availble in tutone and was wondering if you could order one that was in a solid color
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i doubt it...the best way to find out is to contact a dealership...
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what about the fx4 level II the man at the dealership said they come in a soild color but he said it came with bigger tires im not sure if that would hurt the gas milage tho
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there is no such thing as an '08 FX4 Level II. 2007 is/was the last production year for the FX4 Level II, and no they don't come in a solid color either.

The FX4 Level II's came with 31x10.50x15 BFG A/T's from the factory. They are not that much larger than regular 4x4 tires so fuel milage isn't affected all that much.


If you are worried about fuel milage, then get yourself a Honda Civic.
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If you are worried about fuel milage, then get yourself a Honda Civic.
or a 2.3 in the ranger.
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why cant u get an 08' fx4? did they discountinue them?
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why cant u get an 08' fx4? did they discountinue them?
you can get an 08 fx4

you just can not get a 08 fx4 level 2.
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Looks like I got a good one...last year of the SCREAMING YELLOW and FX4 Level II Package!! WOOHOO!!
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dam i must have misuderstood him but i did some looking around and it looks like you can get the 4x4 sport with skid plates and the limited slip rear axle
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is there any package that has taken its options of the level 2 or does the fx4 jus come standard with the same options as the level 2 did?
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I don't think theres a specific package but you can get all the accessories that were on the Level IIs on the FX4s now.
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buy the sport and make it better than the level 2. The torsen isnt that great.
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thanks. im not a huge fan of the fx4 or the level 2 but still good to know. (imo) they are more expensive for nothing cause " I " would remove half the stuff it came with cause someone else would have the same thing and i would put something better in its place.

i dont see the point of buying a truck already "custumized" from factory with all these options that everyone else can have. its not really custom now is it?

you could buy the xlt or the sport and build it up with ur own mix of after market parts and it would look better then any factory option any day. none-the-less probably be cheaper and it will be "a reflection of ur personality."

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Yep no more Alcoa's with the 31" BFG's. Looks I bought at the right time.
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Heres an fx4 LII with some strange options
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2185203/2
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You know I used to think I would like it better without my flares but now I'm not so sure. If these new flares are anything like the ones on my old 2003 Edge they have 8-10 holes in the fenders/bedsides for the clips to snap in. I wonder if that is still the case.

However I am loving the chrome grille, that would look fabulous on my truck with the chrome capped mirrors!
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I am pretty sure yours will have holes also.
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Pretty much 3 things on the LII didn't carry over as options. Chrome tow hooks, Bilstein shocks (the Rancho HD may be Ford HD shocks with Rancho stickers?), and the 31's

I'm still debating on getting an XLT or Sport 4x4 4.0 manual, or wait for the late build FX4manual. All 3 fully loaded are within 500 dollars, so maybe pay more and get that Torsen and cool shifter?
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Pretty much 3 things on the LII didn't carry over as options. Chrome tow hooks, Bilstein shocks (the Rancho HD may be Ford HD shocks with Rancho stickers?), and the 31's

I'm still debating on getting an XLT or Sport 4x4 4.0 manual, or wait for the late build FX4manual. All 3 fully loaded are within 500 dollars, so maybe pay more and get that Torsen and cool shifter?
Are you sure you want a manual in a 4x4 Ranger?
I initially wanted a manual FX4 also but after careful consideration and talking with some people more knowledgeable than myself I decided against it.

For starters the towing capacity goes way down making me think that the manual tranny that Ford was using is weak. I have several friends with Dodge 2500 with the Cummings and the one with the manual in that truck increases the towing capacity.

I was also informed that having an auto tranny is better for off-roading because you get lower gearing, this came from someone that both loves manual trannies and off-roads.

Food for thought.

2008 Ford Ranger max loaded trailer weight for a supercab 4.0L FX4 w/4.10 axle ratio:
Auto transmission: (GCWR of 9500lbs) tows 5600lbs
Manual transmission: (GCWR of 7000) tows 3140lbs
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buy the sport and make it better than the level 2. The torsen isnt that great.
Agreed. Had it, glad the POS blew up for me to upgrade. My Trac-Loc is 20X better than the Torsen.


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Are you sure you want a manual in a 4x4 Ranger?
I initially wanted a manual FX4 also but after careful consideration and talking with some people more knowledgeable than myself I decided against it.

For starters the towing capacity goes way down making me think that the manual tranny that Ford was using is weak. I have several friends with Dodge 2500 with the Cummings and the one with the manual in that truck increases the towing capacity.

I was also informed that having an auto tranny is better for off-roading because you get lower gearing, this came from someone that both loves manual trannies and off-roads
I'd love mine to have been a manual, but for the price I got it for, I'm not gunna complain it's an auto. I don't agree with the gearing being lower in that auto's, it should be the other way around, or at least thats how it is in the fullsize Ford tranny's.

And I have to correct you, it's not spelled with a G, it's Cummins.
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Yes, it all boils down to the clutch capacity. It is true, and I have thought about it alot back and forth. I feel if I get auto I'd regret not having manual.
It will be mostly a daily driver, with offroading at least once a month along with my friend's F150FX4, work will be rare but if anything my snap-on roll cab weighs not much over 1k lbs if I ever need to move it from work. With a quad or 2 and some supplies it should be ok.
It is nice to have more capacity than you need, but I would hate to regret it later.
Your truck looks nice on your cardomain btw, makes me want one more.
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Agreed. Had it, glad the POS blew up for me to upgrade. My Trac-Loc is 20X better than the Torsen.
I've heard of the problems with the Torsen. Do you guys know if the Torsen option gives you a 31 spline rear-end, or do the tlok lsds have the 31 splines as well?
I know previous LII's had 31 splines, just curious.

If a 31 spline is available then ditching the Torsen option will be easy.
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Should be a 31 spline through all the FX4 LII's and as far as I kno, the rear end in the 08 FX4 is still a 31 spline. I know for a fact the TracLoc comes in a 31 spline as thats what i have in mine. Didn't change much except brand of gears and the tracloc when I fixed mine. People will tell you not to go with the tracloc because the clutch packs wear out... after 60-100K miles, I say to hell with that nonsense. The tracloc is cheap, cost me $266 after shipping costs.
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My memory suck but I think it was the edition of the torque converter that gave you a lower overall drive ratio, I'll look into it, and the g in cummins I think was a spell checker error.

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My memory suck but I think it was the edition of the torque converter that gave you a lower overall drive ratio, I'll look into it, and the g in cummins I think was a spell checker error.

Roger that. It just struck me as odd that the auto had a lower gear ratio when the majority of manuals have the lower ratio. No worries on the G, just a pet peeve of mine thats all.
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