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After your clutch is fixed and the truck is mechanically sound, install a cat-back exhaust system. Keeps the stock exhaust manifolds and cats and replaces everything from behind the cats with larger piping and a free-flowing muffler. It will not affect your emissions in any way shape or form and will keep you legal and still pass.

To get some more noise that you want, install a cold air intake as well. They help add to the deep throaty sound and sound pretty sweet when you stomp on the gas.
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eh,just go to napa or autozone or something. mine was around $300 canadian,but the labour was a biatch.
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I found this:
http://www.clutchcityonline.com/products/07-167S.shtml
Its $285 shipped and it says it includes slave cylinder. Is that kit everything I would need? Is that a cheap clutch kit or expensive? And would that be durable and last or should I look elsewhere? Im going to have to do it myself theres no way I could afford to have a shop do it, I have never dropped a tranny before hopefully its just four 10mm bolts and light so i can lower it with my hands....jk but do you honestly think I could do it with a friend if we found step by step instructions?
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Couldn't have said it better.
you could if you use a funny accent.
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I found this:
http://www.clutchcityonline.com/products/07-167S.shtml
Its $285 shipped and it says it includes slave cylinder. Is that kit everything I would need? Is that a cheap clutch kit or expensive? And would that be durable and last or should I look elsewhere? Im going to have to do it myself theres no way I could afford to have a shop do it, I have never dropped a tranny before hopefully its just four 10mm bolts and light so i can lower it with my hands....jk but do you honestly think I could do it with a friend if we found step by step instructions?

you'll be okay with that. all you need a stock clutch. the stock clutch in my truck lasted over 200 000 miles.

you'll be able to do it with a friend, but it's really a SH1TTY job to do on a cold, January Connecticut weekend in a driveway...
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well ****, 200k miles! that makes me feel better maybe it will last longer, the thing is I really don't know if it is good or bad, I wish I knew someone who has driven a standard ford ranger before. I am pretty sure something is wrong though because I drive a chevy s10 blazer for work and its standard and grabs about 1/4 to halfway out from the floor, the ranger grabs about 3/4 out, I wish I could have driven it longer. It isnt registered or anything so he just had me take it around his rode and back. When I go there with the money I will throw my plate on it and see if we can go on the highway, then If its all good Ill pay him. But it seams to me like its a good deal for $7000, 118,000 miles, 4.0 edge, 4.10s, no power anything, mp3 cd player. Even with the clutch problem, if it is a problem, you guys still say go for it right?
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Just curious do those trucks have overdrive? Is it possible for a manual to have overdrive? And do they have cruise control?
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OD is 5th gear. Yeah you can get CC on a manual, my 2000 had it.
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Make sure you get your flywheel resurfaced also while your at it.
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Make sure you get your flywheel resurfaced also while your at it.
WTF?? lol how do i figure out how to do this stuff? Will the hynes 93-05 ranger repair manual have pictures and step by step instructions that I can understand? I will pick one of those up.
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flywheel resurfaced you mean like bring it to a machine shop and have them shave it or something? Wouldnt it be easier to just buy a new flywheel?
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If I do this clutch job then I should be good for a long time as far as expensive maintanence goes right? Or is there anything else I will have to worry about replacing in the near future? My toyota and both celicas never had any mechanical problems, my jeep did because I beat the **** out of it. Im just trying to figure out if buying a ford is worth the money, Im not putting down ford just I have always been told dont buy ford, chevy, gmc, or dodge.
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Getting a flywheel resurfaced is a hell of a lot cheaper then buying a new one. Yes I mean having a machine shop resurface it. My family's shop does it for $15, compare that to a new flywheel say about $100 maybe?
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at 118k, it really shouldnt need the clutch to be replaced unless it's really been beat to crap.

As for you comparing to the S10 manual, the S10s have a hydraulic clutch which engages like almost by the time the pedal is completely released. I've driven 3 S10 manuals and they felt sooo weird.
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also, imo, $7k is alot of money to spend on a vehicle that needs transmission work. if the truck doesnt feel like it struggles changing gears or engaging gears, pulls up hills no problem in 4th and 5th gear and doesnt feel like it lacks power at any time, then the clutch is probably okay.
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Ok, I have to take it on the highway before I finalize the deal, I never got out of 3rd gear. It seemed to shift fine and smooth, just weird clutch lever. The clutch was exactly like you are saying the s10s are, the clutch engages almost at full release it was the same exact way on this ranger. Maybe it is normal? I wish I knew its driving me nuts!! But dude the rangers have the hydraulic clutch also. So maybe it is the same and it is supposed to be like that.
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once you buy the truck, FIX THE CLUTCH FIRST. Don't be silly and throw money away on mods right off the bat and then come back crying that your truck is broken because you have no clutch and can't afford to fix it.

After your clutch is fixed and the truck is mechanically sound, install a cat-back exhaust system. Keeps the stock exhaust manifolds and cats and replaces everything from behind the cats with larger piping and a free-flowing muffler. It will not affect your emissions in any way shape or form and will keep you legal and still pass.

To get some more noise that you want, install a cold air intake as well. They help add to the deep throaty sound and sound pretty sweet when you stomp on the gas.

Wouldn't it be the same thing to just swap out the muffler with the new one? Because all you would be replacing was the muffler, leave all the cats and piping.
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Ok so I brought my celica to a shop today to get the oil changed and emissions inspected before I sell it. I told the mechanic I was selling it for a ford ranger and he told me its a big mistake. He said he has been a mechanic for 40 years and says that the toyota will rarely see a mechanic where as fords are in there on a day to day basis for all sorts of different problems. He said never choose a ford over a toyota, and that I will be seeing him alot more if I get the ranger. What do you all think? Now I am having second thoughts about it, what could be so bad about them that is always breaking? SHould I still get it? It does have 118,000 on it and I am selling my celica for 6k, paying off the 2700 I owe and taking out a loan of 2600 to buy the ranger. Now I am having second thoughts I wont have money to be dumping into repairs I am a fulltime college student and make about 80$ a week. What do you all think? Still go for it?
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Theres also n 02 xlt automatic 4.0 with 90000 miles on it for the same price, maybe I should get that instead since Its got less miles? I like the standard though...
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id just try it myself
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ya I know because I have been wanting a ranger for so long and I love the truck, everything about it Im just worried about **** breaking all of the time.
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its all in how you drive. the only thing to go bad on my 04 with 90000 on the clock was the water pump, but that was from overheating while offroading. And i remember right the way you describe the clutch was the same as my 97, and i put 180k on the clock and still ran strong when i got rid of it. I say go for it, don't listen to the mechanic because they all feel that way about one make or another
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funny this post came up today lol... i just brought my ranger home from the mechanic cause my slave cylinder needed to be replaced, and i had a new clutch installed while they had the transmission out. i was driving it today and the clutch doesnt uhh "catch" (not sure of the right word there) until about 60 percent after i brought it home. i got a 2004 ranger and the bill was $950 for a new slave cylinder and a clutch, to give you an idea if you need to replace stuff.
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funny this post came up today lol... i just brought my ranger home from the mechanic cause my slave cylinder needed to be replaced, and i had a new clutch installed while they had the transmission out. i was driving it today and the clutch doesnt uhh "catch" (not sure of the right word there) until about 60 percent after i brought it home. i got a 2004 ranger and the bill was $950 for a new slave cylinder and a clutch, to give you an idea if you need to replace stuff.
What do you mean doesn't catch until "after i brought it home", you mean the clutch didn't work until you got home? or home meaning fully extended pedal?
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oh, btw, 7 grand sounds high, i payed 8 for mines and it had 57k on it when i brought it home.
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