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Jeeps are Honda Civics of 4x4 modability. Just like S10's are the ricers of the truck scene.
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Everyone has a jeep, anyone can wheel a jeep, only the select chosen ones can wheel a Ranger.
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Wheeling a Ranger is easy.


If you have Zabeard's truck.
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Ummmm.... Have you seen how many Rangers are out there. I see like 7 different ones one the way to work. Jeeps usually start better off for offroading and you can mod them easily. Hell I'm looking at a 98 Cherokee Classic 4wd right now.
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Ummmm.... Have you seen how many Rangers are out there. I see like 7 different ones one the way to work. Jeeps usually start better off for offroading and you can mod them easily. Hell I'm looking at a 98 Cherokee Classic 4wd right now.

lol I was looking at Cherokees on Kijiji and Craigslist the other night in Calgary. Got some pretty sweet modded ones listed on there for decent prices.
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$5000 with 75K miles. I can sell my truck for 5 and just get this.
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Ummmm.... Have you seen how many Rangers are out there. I see like 7 different ones one the way to work. Jeeps usually start better off for offroading and you can mod them easily. Hell I'm looking at a 98 Cherokee Classic 4wd right now.
The thing is, there are soo many jeeps. And I have to disagree with you. Out of the box, a ranger is better than a Cherokee. You have to have atleast a 3 inch lift to fit 31's and 4 for 32's. Stock on a ranger you have the abililty for 33's. Also you can body lift a ranger, the cherokees are missing something to do that. Which brings me to my next point. The lack of a frame. Once you get into tires bigger than 37's you have issues with the body spot welds seperating because the body is flexing. To remidy that you have to have a frame. Wait a sec, doesn't the Ranger already come with that?

The Jeep might flex more, and there is more aftermarket support for them yes, but to get it to something along the lines of Zabeards truck, you need to do alot more modifications so it holds up than you would with a ranger.

To me I want to do a SAS eventually (hopfully by next summer), aftermarket support in terms of suspension means nothing to me. I would tear it out anyways. And if I had a Cherokee to start out with, the stuff I am planning would require me to swap in bigger axles anyways. So I would rather start with my ranger, that has a frame.
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I need a daily driver as well as an offroader, SAS is out for me, I don't have the skills or equipment to do an SAS, the tallest tire I would run is a 33 maybe 35, I don't like body lifts, my truck is a manual and needs a slave cylinder every year, my truck is small inside, my truck has no options besides 4wd and 4.0 and I pretty much don't like my truck. Why do you think its stock? I have been debating about selling it or trading it in for 2 years now.
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you didn't specify what jeep.

the short answer is: stock jeep wrangler to stock ford ranger with the same driver, it's probably a tie. a ranger FX4 LII versus anything but a rubicon would be ranger on top (depending on terrain). same scenario, but with a rubicon, rubi' wins hands down. i'm talking stock tires, everything.

rangers have really good rear articulation. longer wheelbase is better for climbing and descent. IFS has better static ground clearance.

you put on equal tires (stock size), now it gets interesting. it really depends on terrain. short wheelbase jeeps can be amazing, or pathetic depending on terrain.

again, the rubi' is the hands down king stock wheeler among stock light duty vehicles.
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Well, there ya go.

Keep in mind, I have heard that the Heeps have had issues with headgaskets. Beyond that it is a steller motor, and for moderate wheelin they are good. Not my choice, but good none the less.

If I was getting rid of my ranger, it would be a Tacoma, no questions asked. Even if I have to get one older than mine with more kilometers, hands down a taco.
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I would trade my truck for a jeep in an instant and I probably will sometime in the future.
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Oh I would so rather have a Taco but the problem is $$$$$$$$$$$$$.
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you didn't specify what jeep.

the short answer is: stock jeep wrangler to stock ford ranger with the same driver, it's probably a tie. a ranger FX4 LII versus anything but a rubicon would be ranger on top (depending on terrain). same scenario, but with a rubicon, rubi' wins hands down. i'm talking stock tires, everything.

rangers have really good rear articulation. longer wheelbase is better for climbing and descent. IFS has better static ground clearance.

you put on equal tires (stock size), now it gets interesting. it really depends on terrain. short wheelbase jeeps can be amazing, or pathetic depending on terrain.

again, the rubi' is the hands down king stock wheeler among stock light duty vehicles.

Rubi also comes with bastardized D35's converted to D44's and lockers. Can't beat that combo, too bad it is discontinued.
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Rubi also comes with bastardized D35's converted to D44's and lockers. Can't beat that combo, too bad it is discontinued.
They still make it. They have electronically releasable sway bars as well as lockers.
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Ahh I see, I thought that there was talk of discontinuing it. My bad lol.

Just saw this. I now want a Jeep. AEV Brute conversion kit.

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^^^^That is sweet.
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oh i would be so tempted if they actually manufactured something like that! there is talk of it, but there is also talk of them going bankrupt... oh well!
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Oh I would so rather have a Taco but the problem is $$$$$$$$$$$$$.

You can get one for like 99 cents at the Bell.
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Holy crap that Brute is sweet!
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oh i would be so tempted if they actually manufactured something like that! there is talk of it, but there is also talk of them going bankrupt... oh well!
The brute? Kits have been out for public sale for a while now. This company makes them as well, they are based out of the town I went to college in

http://www.rubitrux.com/
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I had an 89 XJ before I got my ranger. It had a 3" lift and some 31" Khumo's, but other than that it was stock.

It would wheel circles around my ranger any day of the week.
It does seem like the ranger has more power though than the cherokee did.

I sold the jeep when it started having endless electrical issues. I dont regret it. But I do miss going where I took that jeep.
Only real complaint about wheeling the cherokee, was there wasnt a bed. muddy shovels, wet tow straps etc etc were always stuffd in the back. Made things messy.


Current project is a 81 toyota, 302/NP435. Still aquiring parts but it will become the wheeler.
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I hunt. Carrying a dead deer in a pick-up truck is much easier than carrying one in a jeep. I've owned an F-150 and really liked ford but I didn't like the mileage so I bought the ranger. Love it. Great off road and gets better mileage than the F-150 (at least my 2000 F150) I also dirt bike, yes I could get a trailer to carry my bikes but that's a hassle. I'd take the ranger over a jeep anyday.
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Suzuki SJ > Any Jeep

(Toyota FJ > Suzuki SJ)
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Nope if yall think you want a jeep my grandmother has one of these lol they are bad to the bone
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Im sorry guys but i would trade my ranger all day for one of these bad boys in mint condition
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