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My Dad Has One And That Thing Hauls Anything. Especially After The Motor And Tranny Was Rebuilt A Year Ago
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Almost no rust. Had a frame off restoration 4 years ago. Supercab.
Thanks for the reply. Just curious. Just talkin about how to increase, seemed like this might be a decent example of really tryin to increase the towing capacity.
No problem. If you boxed in the frame that would increase the rigidity, but its still a narrow vehicle. On the extended cab the wheel base is long enough.

Actually Nissan has the only mid size or compact truck with a fully boxed frame, it is heavy, but with its Hp and TQ rating, I am sure it can tow well over its 6700 pound maximum.
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on a consistent basis? doubtful. 1/2 ton pull a 1/4 ton sure. That is what you had planned with yours.

Heck If I was to pull around my ranger all the time I would want a 3/4 ton, by the time you add in wind resistance, braking, hills, wear and tear etc... it would be worth having a 3/4 ton.
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I'd put as little strain on the truck as possible. My next truck will definetly be a diesel. Weather its DRW or not is the question. I could settle for a 350 SRW though. That could tow my ranger and atv on a 5th wheel, or my toy hauler no problem!!!
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^^^^The word on the street is F150 diesel so, that will be my next. Unless they diesel the ranger, then that would be my first choice. I really don't need a super duty thats for sure...
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ill add this little tangent about engines and towing...

at work we have a 550 dumptruck with a v10 in it... towing a skid steer on an open 20ft, double axle trailer it loses all its *****... shallow hills longer then 1/4 mile require 2nd gear...

loaded with 10-11 yards of mulch and towing a barkblower it does better but still need 2nd gear for the bigger hills...

skid steer is about 2.5 tons + attachments (buckets like 500 i think) so that gives you an idea of weight...
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^^^^The word on the street is F150 diesel so, that will be my next. Unless they diesel the ranger, then that would be my first choice. I really don't need a super duty thats for sure...
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Thereís been a lot of questions about towing on here lately so I figure id ask a towing question. Can you increase the towing capacity of a ranger and still keep the v6. Im just wondering if theres some upgrades you can do that will give you a better tow capacity so I donít have to resort to the mpgs you get from a v8. im thinking like gears and a different trany and if thatís what id need what size gears and what trany?
There is alot that goes into the Tow Rating of a Truck. Yes, the drivetrain is one of them, but Mainly the Frame design, weight of the truck itself and design of the truck's suspension are the major factors in the determining the tow rating. Unfortunately there is no way to make a ranger tow more than a grand over what it is meant to tow "safely". I am sure I will be bashed for this, but then again, I do hold a CDL (Commerical Drivers License) Class A for Semi Trucks, so I do know a thing or two about this. Do your research before you attempt anything of the sort, especially if you are exceeding your towing and weight capacity limits of your truck!
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