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Hey guys, I've been having trouble figuring out EXACTLY what my specs are on my Ranger. Here's what I've been able to find out so far, from the VIN and Safety Sticker:



Ford Motor Company, USA, truck, completed vehicle
Gross Weight: 5,001-6,000 Pounds
Vehicle Type: 1994 Ranger (XLT) 4x4 (2-door SuperCab)
Engine Type: 4.0L EFI-OHV, six cylinder (Explorer, Ranger)
Manufacturing Plant: Edison (Edison, New Jersey)
Axle Type: 3.73 Limited Slip, 8.8-inch 28-spline rear axle
Transmission Type: Automatic 4 speed (Ranger)

I'd like to know the specs on the front axle, (same width, but is it 8.8?)
I'd also like to know some details like what the seats are called (they're factory "bucket" type seats with push-button air support).

Hell, I'll make a list:
What is my factory paint color code?
What's the towing capacity with the stock bumper and no hitch? What would pulling weight be with a hitch installed?
How long is the bed, and what beds from other manufacturers are similar in length and width (for a bed liner or camper top)?
How much torque am I placing on the ground and what horsepower am I at with stock components?
What specific leaf springs do I have?
What springs do I have in the front?
My front differential appears to have been leaking something (looks like oil). I've found no puddles, but it's on the bulb itself. It's been that way since I got it in October. Is this common? When should I begin to worry about it?
I have to get a ball-joint replaced soon. How much would that set me back, and should I get it done in pairs or does it matter?
The truck burned oil for a period in December, but it doesn't seem to do it anymore. Why would that be? Should I worry about it?
As a '94 with over 205K miles, I'm thinking it's going to be facing problems soon. The A/C compressor was blown when I got it, and the engine takes a long time to heat up. What problems should I begin to expect and where should I draw the line in servicing it? (I haven't had ANYTHING done so far).

I'd just like to get all of this cleared up at once. Thanks so much guys. I really appreciate everything I can learn from this site, and I look forward to getting your opinions.
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Front axle is a Dana 35 TTB(Twin Traction Beam) with reverse cut gears.

More info: http://www.therangerstation.com/tech_library/index.php

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- Your paint code is YZ (Oxford White Clearcoat)
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Should we make this thread a sticky for everyone to decode their VINS,or have a seperate thread made for that? I think this is a good idea so everyone can figure out the specs on their trucks.

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#1 torsions, 4.10 LSD. Anything else to be made from this?
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Thanks fddriver and rolldogg! Both very useful points.

I'd love to see what other people can get out of this. Let's just let the mods decide if this needs to be a thread on its own.
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I'll take pictures of my workshop manual that explains it all. Give me 5 minutes.
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Should we make this thread a sticky for everyone to decode their VINS,or have a seperate thread made for that? I think this is a good idea so everyone can figure out the specs on their trucks.

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#1 torsions, 4.10 LSD. Anything else to be made from this?

ooooo....someone has a factory tow package. C leafs.
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Oh nice. I've got a Hidden Hitch on it. Never pulled anything more than a small utility trailer with a quad on it.

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What's the towing capacity with the stock bumper and no hitch? What would pulling weight be with a hitch installed?
says right on your bumper plastic....something like 200lb tongue weight, 500lb trailer weight?

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How long is the bed, and what beds from other manufacturers are similar in length and width (for a bed liner or camper top)?
Your wheelbase is 125. I'm not familiar with ranger specs in that department...but i'm sure the wheelbase will tell you what cab/bed configuration it is.

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How much torque am I placing on the ground and what horsepower am I at with stock components?
well...what engine? I think there's a chart over at TRS(therangerstation.com) that shows hp/torque numbers delivered at the crank. sometimes called 'advertised numbers'.

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What specific leaf springs do I have? What springs do I have in the front?
Appears like you've got N front springs and X rear springs. those N K X B 1 C F....those indicate spring rate.

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My front differential appears to have been leaking something (looks like oil). I've found no puddles, but it's on the bulb itself. It's been that way since I got it in October. Is this common? When should I begin to worry about it?
Bulb? lol. I suspect it's a front pinion seal. Fairly common.
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Some stuff might be 04 specific but most should be the same

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damn....i gotta pull mine out and take a nice long look at it. it's been a while. these books are soooo damn awesome aren't they??
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They really are, love mine.
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Sick, this is gonna explain so much for me, thanks Trent!
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No problem, glad I could help. I'm going to scan it in later just so its easier to read.
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Wicked post Trent Edit lol. What's the difference between the R1HD 5 speed (which I have) and the M5R1 5 speed??

Using the 2004 Ford codes and stuff, I couldn't decipher everything on my 02 Mazda VIN.

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Great post Shane. Thanks for all that specific info...still looking to find out what those spring codes actually mean though.

And I'm sure everyone's gonna appreciate that, Trent haha. Thanks bro.
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Wicked post Shane. What's the difference between the R1HD 5 speed (which I have) and the M5R1 5 speed??

Using the 2004 Ford codes and stuff, I couldn't decipher everything on my 02 Mazda VIN.
you talking the 'pull it out and take a nice long look at it' comment? lol.

the M5r1hd trans are found only behind the 4.0L SOHC engines. i believe the only difference is syncros. but am unsure. believe there was a thread a while back comparing the two. That was one thing i was careful on when i needed to replace my trans...I made effin' sure it came from a 01+ 4.0 4x4 truck! lol.

ok...so....i'm going to go find my manuals, and take pics. my books are 2001 so they'll relate alot better to the older trucks...

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Great post Shane. Thanks for all that specific info...still looking to find out what those spring codes actually mean though.
all i remember....is that #1 torsion bars are 675lb rating? idk. lol.
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lol, no I was quickly scrolling down the thread and thought you had posted all thos pics from the book when it was Trent. False credit! haha.

What book is all that info from? I don't have any of that in my owners manual or Haynes manual.
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the M5r1hd trans are found only behind the 4.0L SOHC engines. i believe the only difference is syncros. but am unsure. believe there was a thread a while back comparing the two. That was one thing i was careful on when i needed to replace my trans...I made effin' sure it came from a 01+ 4.0 4x4 truck! lol.
I think the first gear ratio is different as well.
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Oh,interesting. My dad has noticed in his 2008 B4000 5 spd that the gear ratios seem to be different than my 2002 B4000 5 spd.
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lol, no I was quickly scrolling down the thread and thought you had posted all thos pics from the book when it was Trent. False credit! haha.

What book is all that info from? I don't have any of that in my owners manual or Haynes manual.
The Factory Ford shop manuals. click ebay! got vol1, vol2, and the electrical manual for only $50. these are found in the service department in your local ford dealership. pricey pricey books. they completly OWN chiltons/haynes manuals.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2002-...spagenameZWDVW

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Oh,interesting. My dad has noticed in his 2008 B4000 5 spd that the gear ratios seem to be different than my 2002 B4000 5 spd.
you know what? i immediately noticed a gear difference between my stock 2001 trans ratios and the 2007 trans thats in the truck now. next time i drop the trans, the repaired original one is goin' back in.
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lol, no I was quickly scrolling down the thread and thought you had posted all thos pics from the book when it was Trent. False credit! haha.

What book is all that info from? I don't have any of that in my owners manual or Haynes manual.
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An automotive bible. Nice.
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The Factory Ford shop manuals. click ebay! got vol1, vol2, and the electrical manual for only $50. these are found in the service department in your local ford dealership. pricey pricey books. they completly OWN chiltons/haynes manuals.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2002-...spagenameZWDVW



you know what? i immediately noticed a gear difference between my stock 2001 trans ratios and the 2007 trans thats in the truck now. next time i drop the trans, the repaired original one is goin' back in.
I've only driven my dad's twice, and I didn't notice. It was also right after he bought it and right after I started driving mine, so I couldn't tell the difference.

Apparently 1st gear is shorter or something?
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How much does that book cost and where'd you get it??
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