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hey guys i just went and got a 2003 ford ranger edge 3.0 v6 2x4, this is my first ranger and i bought it for a hobby i was wondering if anyone had any ideas to make this truck a little more heavy duty, i was wondering about diffs, lift kits intakes or any other performance part i could look at, also if anyone had any ideas of what i could invest in for this truck to make it heavy duty, im a welder by trade so even if u guys have mods it would help!

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Almost too vague & broad of a topic....

Just look around the site - thats pretty much what this whole forum is all about.
 
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Hmm lets see... Ideas to make the truck more Heavy Duty ---> Here
 
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wow i cant believe this question is even being asked.....
 
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Originally Posted by Mcleary316 View Post
Hmm lets see... Ideas to make the truck more Heavy Duty ---> Here
LOL I see what you did there...
 
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Originally Posted by phatspeed7x View Post
LOL I see what you did there...
 
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here you go







but honestly, take a look around the forum. you'll find plenty of ideas and answers to your questions!
 
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You're not going to make it heavy duty...You might not even make it light duty for that matter. If you're going to haul anything over 400lbs in the bed regularly, I would suggest air shocks or bags as the rear leafs sag very easily.
 
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Add some leaf springs in the back. I'm not too familiar with it but I know some guys swap explorer springs in. The rear definitely sags easily. I'm not sure how much weight I had in the back in this pic, but it was sagging good. Still amazes me what these little 4 bangers can do. This is also the reason I upgraded to a fullsize.

 
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Originally Posted by 99offroadrngr View Post
here you go



but honestly, take a look around the forum. you'll find plenty of ideas and answers to your questions!
I think an HD Ranger is something all of us want or at least wanted before FORD , in their infinite wisdom, chose to eliminate the Ranger from production.
FORD's response to you would be buy an F150 or Super Duty.

Once you have looked around the site you will find a lot of the Ranger Owners do a front SAS, Solid Axle Swap, to increase the front end durability, replace the rear axle with an Explorer or Ranger FX4, LvlII, rear axles. You can reenforce the frame in areas the rust out or crack, you will be the judge to what works for you.

How far to go will depend on how HD do you want it and how deep are the pockets !
 
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