Can a 2wd Mud Well? - 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 09-25-2008
ColdNapalm's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Posts: 499
Can a 2wd Mud Well?

ive got a 1998 2wd ranger 4 cylinder i no i wouldn't be anywhere near the king of the mud trucks but if i put some decent tires on do you think i could play around in the mud? or is it not even worth it just save and by a 4x4? Because as in with a 14" rim and tiny tire i can barely drive on the beach without getting stuck my back hits soft sand and just sinks...
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-25-2008
07Ranger's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: lima/dublin, ohio
Posts: 1,267
lift and some nice tires and ull be set. maybe a nice locker if u really want to get into it.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-25-2008
TexasRanger's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: austin, TX
Posts: 1,252
hell yeah they can. just make sure to go out with some buds
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-25-2008
timpat92855's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Lousiville, MS
Posts: 1,067
There are alot of 2wd trucks on here that do pretty good. I put alot of money into my 2wd, I just got my new 31s mounted today. Mud and sand acts very different. Mine does good in mud as long as i can keep moving, if I ever stop im stuck. Start off with swaping in lower gears and a good limited slip. Then worry about tires. Wider is better on sand I think since they wont dig like a narrow tire will. I keep up with my buddies z71 as long as there are no step hills in the mud, but nothing can compare to a 4x4.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-25-2008
ColdNapalm's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Posts: 499
Quote:
Originally Posted by TexasRanger View Post
hell yeah they can. just make sure to go out with some buds
haha i do every time im always the first to dive in since im a single cab 4 banger the f150s and f350s i hang out with pull me out without any effort! so out of the bunch im the bravest but i only make it about 15 feet in :P... now about this locker thingy what exactly is it? something to keep both tires spitting because most of the time only one spins :( but my buddy welded his thing and both spin all the time but isnt that bad for everyday use or something... im still very new to this...
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-25-2008
jrpro130's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 5,057
Make sure you have at least 33's, a locker, and GOOD front/rear recovery. I wouldn't mud a 2wd...from experience.

But the ranger is light so it can hang pretty well
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-25-2008
whippersnapper02's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Earth, Milky Way Galaxy
Posts: 7,415
Lift, mud terrains, locker, good straps and recovery points and you should be ok. You wont go as far or deep as a 4wd but you can get into some nasty stuff.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-25-2008
ColdNapalm's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Posts: 499
okay break a few things down for me straps = liek tow straps? a locker is what? where can i buy one? and a recovery point is where the straps go to pull me out?
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-25-2008
whippersnapper02's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Earth, Milky Way Galaxy
Posts: 7,415
Not tow straps. Recovery straps. They are made to get a stuck vehicle out. Pro comp sells some.

A locker locks both drive wheels together so you get maximum traction. Lockers are pricey though and the install can be pricey as well.

For recovery points a front and rear hitch will do.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 09-25-2008
taknotes's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (4)
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: nc
Posts: 2,104
yes, locker is a locking differential, goes in your rear end...http://auto.howstuffworks.com/differential6.htm

and yes
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 09-25-2008
ColdNapalm's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Posts: 499
okay cool thanks! what do they run about? ($$ wise) also whats a good website to look at and price tires and rims, and how does gearing work aswell? how would i go about changing the gears? I recently switched hobbies from building and working on computers, i used to overclock them and what have you, so any questions on those i can help with XD but what really changed me is when i got a job at a marina and there's a new friend my coworker who takes me to the gym daily and we have access to lifts paint a million tools so i can do all the work myself i just need the knowledge there's a few guys up there to that will back up my mistakes :)

Last edited by ColdNapalm; 09-25-2008 at 02:31 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 09-25-2008
CBFranger's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Tampa Bay Area
Posts: 1,029
As long as your front tires are big enough/the mudd isnt too deep so they dont start plowing.

Other than that, LSD and grippy tread. Also, there is no point in lifting a 2wd past around the radius of your tires for mudding.

Some rangers came with LSD, the better rear end is the explorer with LSD which can be found a the junk yard some times.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 09-25-2008
07Ranger's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: lima/dublin, ohio
Posts: 1,267
Quote:
Originally Posted by timpat92855 View Post
Start off with swaping in lower gears and a good limited slip.
u mean higher gears?
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 09-25-2008
My91Ranger's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Roseville, Michigan
Posts: 2,252
Lower gears are numerically higher.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 09-25-2008
whippersnapper02's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Earth, Milky Way Galaxy
Posts: 7,415
I wouldn't get LSD for mud. As a matter of fact, don't.

Last edited by whippersnapper02; 09-25-2008 at 03:00 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 09-25-2008
98liftedranger's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: California
Posts: 12,538
You have the same truck as me and I have taken my **** through a lot. I go out with a jeep on 33's and a silverado on 35's and have only gotten stuck once. And it was a good stuck, up to the rockers.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 09-25-2008
schatten789's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Matagorda County, Texas
Posts: 735
Quote:
Originally Posted by fddriver02 View Post
I wouldn't get LSD for mud. As a matter of fact, don't.
why would you not get a l/s for mud??? They work good in mud....



ColdNapalm I dont know what rear axle you have so I cant give you a link to the part that will for sure work with your truck, but here is a locker that you can use on the street. It unlocks on the street when you turn a corner so you wont wear tires out fast or break anything when driving on the road. I think you should get this, 4.10 gears in the rear axle, and some wider aggressive all terrains, or you could have 2 sets of tires and wheels, one set of mud tires, and one set of bfg a/ts for the beach and daily driving.

You need to look at your axle and tell us the code thats on the tag bolted to the cover. Then we can tell you more info.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 09-25-2008
Prerunner-Ranger's Avatar
Level I Supporter
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Lancaster, CA.
Posts: 2,280
My 2wd does fine in all conditions :)
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 09-25-2008
whippersnapper02's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Earth, Milky Way Galaxy
Posts: 7,415
Quote:
Originally Posted by schatten789 View Post
why would you not get a l/s for mud??? They work good in mud.....
Actually not really. I have been stuck in mud because of my l/s. It does not or will not lock up both tires completely.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Prerunner-Ranger View Post
My 2wd does fine in all conditions :)
You haven't been in Azusa Canyon. There is a reason why they don't let 2wd vehicles in.
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 09-25-2008
schatten789's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Matagorda County, Texas
Posts: 735
Quote:
Originally Posted by fddriver02 View Post
Actually not really. I have been stuck in mud because of my l/s. It does not or will not lock up both tires completely.



You haven't been in Azusa Canyon. There is a reason why they don't let 2wd vehicles in.
It works a hell of a lot better then an open differential. You would have gotten stuck sooner if you didnt have the l/s. I think what you mean is that he is better off getting a locker if im not mistaken and I agree with you. If he only goes offroad once in a wile then I would think a l/s would be a better choice.
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 09-25-2008
whippersnapper02's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Earth, Milky Way Galaxy
Posts: 7,415
Quote:
Originally Posted by schatten789 View Post
It works a hell of a lot better then an open differential. You would have gotten stuck sooner if you didnt have the l/s.
True. L/S is better than nothing but if you are starting with a open diff and want to put something in there then get the locker. My truck came with factory l/s so if I want a locker I have to buy an open carrier.
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 09-25-2008
Prerunner-Ranger's Avatar
Level I Supporter
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Lancaster, CA.
Posts: 2,280
Quote:
Originally Posted by fddriver02 View Post
You haven't been in Azusa Canyon. There is a reason why they don't let 2wd vehicles in.
Been there =)
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 09-25-2008
5speedin2.3's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Livonia, Mi
Posts: 12
You will be able to do "OK" in the mud, just stay out of the really deep stuff like this.

It was really black top soil like mud.

No, I do not have a front driveshaft yet. I don't want to hear about it.

Edit: The second picture is my front tire.

Name:  IMG_1415.jpg
Views: 45
Size:  78.3 KB
Name:  IMG_1416.jpg
Views: 45
Size:  79.5 KB
Name:  IMG_1422.jpg
Views: 68
Size:  100.8 KB
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 09-25-2008
CBFranger's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Tampa Bay Area
Posts: 1,029
Quote:
Originally Posted by fddriver02 View Post
Actually not really. I have been stuck in mud because of my l/s. It does not or will not lock up both tires completely.



You haven't been in Azusa Canyon. There is a reason why they don't let 2wd vehicles in.
How many miles are on the truck? I have LSD in mine but the clutches are starting to wear.
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 09-25-2008
whippersnapper02's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Earth, Milky Way Galaxy
Posts: 7,415
Quote:
Originally Posted by CBFranger View Post
How many miles are on the truck? I have LSD in mine but the clutches are starting to wear.
I'm at 112,000. My l/s is so weak that if I smash on the gas while making a turn it will spin the inside tire. The last time I tired to do donuts (I was getting new tires the same day) all it did was a one tire fire smoke show. But even when I didn't have a lot of miles my limiting factor was always the l/s. One tire off the ground and it's over.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mud Drags, Mud Bogs, Camping Dirty Ranger Meets, Greets, & Events 2 04-05-2011 10:49 PM
Another FNG - New owner of a well used 93 2wd XLT MdKnightMan Member Introductions 2 09-26-2010 10:57 AM
Who said 2wd can't mud? t0x1k General Ford Ranger Discussion 75 04-05-2009 09:00 PM
Mud flaps or no mud flaps???? mmulkey6 Exterior Semi-Tech 26 04-06-2007 08:37 PM
How can I stop this mud spray? sniper_101 Exterior Semi-Tech 8 06-30-2006 12:22 AM


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 09:09 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.