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opinion about my `98 3.0 4x4

i picked up a `98 3.0 4x4 with 3in bl 265/75/16 wranglers wrapped around american racing rims. its a lil ruff but nice. he hit a deer and there is frontend damage. needs new headlight and assembly. interior isnt the best but decent.

im trading in my `04 edge for my wife to the dealer so i traded her car for this rangers.

there is a good bit of play in the steering. could this be from the bl linkage. heater only work on high and defrost. ac doesnt work he said it just needed recharged. no dome light.

im gonna switch out the cd players and keep the 6 disc mp3 player from the 2004. i also plan on removing the carpet and put vinyl flooring in like the `04.

ill post pics when i can of new truck
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Sounds like some work, but good deal.

04's came with 6 disc cd players?
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Loose steering is a fairly common Ranger problem. 98-00s were the worst. some 01-03s had it. 04+ it's pretty much gone. Really the only way to fix it is replace the rack and pinion and the PS pump. I heard doing a PS flush helps though. Make sure you dump some lucas PS stop leak in there to.
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Loose steering is a fairly common Ranger problem. 98-00s were the worst. some 01-03s had it. 04+ it's pretty much gone. Really the only way to fix it is replace the rack and pinion and the PS pump. I heard doing a PS flush helps though. Make sure you dump some lucas PS stop leak in there to.
i knew there was a problem but couldnt remember. any idea on cost? parts list? anyone document a how to?
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Sounds like some work, but good deal.

04's came with 6 disc cd players?
mine did i think it was first yr but not for sure. i like it alot so im gonna swap the factory head units
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Sounds like some work, but good deal.

04's came with 6 disc cd players?
Yup, mine did
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well what the hell. lol. I got the shaft with the single cd. You'd think they would put that in a level 2
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mine did i think it was first yr but not for sure. i like it alot so im gonna swap the factory head units
my 01 Edge has the factory in dash 6 disc CD player.
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tremor or special sound package?
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nope, came with the truck as standard equipment. I purchased my truck less than a month after it was buillt in October 2000
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tremor or special sound package?
neither, at least not that i know of. its in the 98 now and works great. sounds alot better than the factory head unit from the 98 tho. maybe its just a higher grade souund but not the bose or tremer or what ever else there was, just aint bottom dollar like the 98
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let me know if i need to move these question to somewhere special but im gonna keep askn here cause i dont wanna start another thread i like to keep it all here.

why is there no heat in this ****? truck warms up fine but it only blows cold air. no matter what setting i put it on it blow out the defrost. is it the heater core? i have no wet spot on the carpet that i can tell of. anyone know where i can find a replacement for cheap? junkyard or on this forum?

im headed to junk yards here in the next few days to get some things like the headlight housing and head light. how hard would it be to convert over to the '04 style headlights? and maybe to the '00 honey combe grill. the '00 had the power dome hood wasnt it? i know ive seen the swap for both but cant seem to find anything. i know the grill needs changed if i change the hood. what fits with what yrs on the combos.
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check your steering shaft for play before you start spending money because you can fix it yourself

this was mine...i had so much play in the steering wheel as you'd expect from how loose it was.
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here are pics. ill have more of damage once i start taking that bumber off

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check your steering shaft for play before you start spending money because you can fix it yourself

this was mine...i had so much play in the steering wheel as you'd expect from how loose it was.
ill have to do that. how did you fix it?
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There is a bolt at the bottom of it that goes to the rack which was loose. I just tightened it and it was good to go. Its easy to get it at if u unbolt your power steering cooler, it looks like a tiny radiator
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hey i went out and was lookn thru things. first i checked what 99offroadrngr suggested and it was tight. i followed it from the fire wall all the way down and couldnt find anything out of the ordinary. so i got underneath snd checked the rack and pinion set up and it looks ok. so i scoped out the driverside assym and didnt see anything either.


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but when i scootched over to the passenger side i seeen this



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the swaybar link and bolt snap off on the passenger side. could that be it? i see the driverside has been replaced thats how i noticed it cause it sticks out being red. how much and how hard? im on a bl so do i need an extended one?
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my camera died after i took pics of the swaybar link but i did get pics of the header panel and light assym and its all busted up. heres pics





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Not a terrible looking truck. If you want the powerdome hood and honeycomb grille set up... look for a 01-03 ranger in a junk yard or craigslist. Getting the whole front end and switching the header panel, headlights, grille and bumper/valence and hood would be better if that's the look your wanting.

If your heat doesn't work, I would check the thermostat, and the heater core. Both should be fairly cheap replacements.
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Not a terrible looking truck. If you want the powerdome hood and honeycomb grille set up... look for a 01-03 ranger in a junk yard or craigslist. Getting the whole front end and switching the header panel, headlights, grille and bumper/valence and hood would be better if that's the look your wanting.

If your heat doesn't work, I would check the thermostat, and the heater core. Both should be fairly cheap replacements.
it is but im also leaning towards my 04 look more so i think im just gonna go with the 04.

this is what im gonna use to do this
header panel 04-08
headlamp 01-08
corners 01-05
grill 04
hood 04-08

that should get me to where i need to be. this truck is to replace my 04 4x4 edge 4.0 the dealer wants to buy it back and my wife wants a new kia hampster box. so im gonna replace my truck with my truck :) i traded her car for this ranger about $2200 value.
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You should either get 06 corners, or find some clears... and mod them. Looks sweet on a black truck. Not sure if your truck is wired up for it or not... it's easy to do if not, but I would do the mustang dome light mod so you can have some map lights.
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You should either get 06 corners, or find some clears... and mod them. Looks sweet on a black truck. Not sure if your truck is wired up for it or not... it's easy to do if not, but I would do the mustang dome light mod so you can have some map lights.
naw i like the orange glow at night. ill post a pic when i find it. u will see why
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i think im gonna order one of these in the next week or so and was wondering if any of you guys have used any of these ebay kits and how hard is it to convert? im talking bout things linning up and holes being where they spose to be..

also..... what do i need to make the bulb arrangment work? r they different or plug and play?
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end link wont cause it to do that on the steering wheel. i've had one break at 50mph and all that happened was that it made a noise, link hitting the road at 50 lol. I don't even have my swaybar in right now. took it off for offroading but i'll put it back on whenever lol
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well fella's my truck is officially gone. so now its time to dump all my money into the 98. im gonna order a few things from fleabay in the next couple of days and had some questions


first question is about the front clip. if i use the 04 grill and headlights will i need to change the hood?

next question is are the fenders the same even tho the head light and side markers were different?

third question is has any of u guys use these ebay replacement kits? 2004 2005 FORD RANGER BLK GRILLE HEADLAMP CORNER PANEL - eBay (item 170567027366 end time Dec-16-10 00:25:02 PST)

i think this is how im gonna go and just rattle can the header panel. there is a black paint i believe was a spray paint that everyone used, i think it was john deer black or something. or should i use a paint made for plastic like krayola
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