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As has been said, Ford strongly recommends against plowing and will likely void any warranty you have if you plow w/ your truck. The front end is supposedly not designed for plowing. IIRC they say the same thing about the F150. In Ford's opinion you need at least a $35k SuperDuty to do any plowing.
For will/can not void your warranty for using a plow that is designed for your vehicle. trust me I looked into it before I even considered buying this plow. Plus North Country Ford Sells Rangers off their lot brand new with plows.

Will it wear out you front end sooner? Probably, but they cannot void your warranty for using you truck. If you have a stock truck that is off roaded in a safe legal manner, you front end is going to wear faster too, that won't void you rwarranty either. the Dealership might push not covering it, but trust me they cannont void. Will your tranny go out sooner if you canstantly haul at the max payload daily, Probably, but they cannont void it for using your truck.

Now if they have evidence of you abusing your truck, ie: crashing into a solid wall of ice doing 70, then you might have an issue, but how are they going to prove that anyway.

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thats it, everyone in this thread are all getting plowned....
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... givin that the ranger is basically a cheap truck, i dont think its suspension components would last long doing plowing for alot of people. tho if your doing your own stuff and dont get caught up in the "oh u have a plow wanna plow my approach for $20" i think youd be fine.
Also, from My experiance, people who pay money to have you plow there lots get upset when you use a ranger to plow it, They think that they need to see some huge machine out there for the money they are forking over. My Firend Jesse (The guy who own's a plowing company that I plow for in the winter) Has three Dodge 2500's a 89 F-250 and a 1993 Ranger STX with a Sno-way. He has gotten more complaintys about people seeing that ranger at a site than any of the other truck. The funny part is that ranger is the best plow truck he has, when plowing the more maneuverable the rig is the better. The ranger can get into tight area's and turn around without needing a football field worth of space. Now we usually do team plowing and use the ranger to clean up and clear sidewalks. It works great. But people who are paying 200 dollars a pop to clear there lot don't like to see it there

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P.S. The ranger has 225,000 miles and has been through three set of ball joints in it's 13 seasons of plowing, and in the summer it hauls lawn tractors around to keep his lawn care business going. These trucks are toughter than you think.
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thats it, everyone in this thread are all getting plowned....
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Compliments of the late, great AKRanger. From Juneau, AK.
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I haven't seen RedAkRanger What happened to him?
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I haven't seen RedAkRanger What happened to him?
short story long he was finally an *** to many times and his "temp" banning finally ran out so his *** is GGGGGONE...finally...
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Compliments of the late, great AKRanger. From Juneau, AK.
That's cool! I have never seen a Boss on a Ranger. It looks like a FIberglass mold board too. That looks like they stole the Western SUburbanite design though.

~HJ

P.S. Plowing tips from the pro's. (Found this while checking out Boss' plows, all plow sites say basically the same thing.)

http://www.bossplow.com/plowing-tips-straight.html
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Wanna drive, get a Ranger, wanna plow, get a tractor...NUff said

As for strength plowin, that ranger has a stronger frame then a full size anything, due to being narrower, that twisting forces play much less on a mini then they do on a full size......

Oh and you plow fans, don'r compare anything new with the 76 Blazer that would plow forever, none of the new trucks, big or small are built to take it...Buy a tractor
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For will/can not void your warranty for using a plow that is designed for your vehicle. trust me I looked into it before I even considered buying this plow. Plus North Country Ford Sells Rangers off their lot brand new with plows.
My dealer says otherwise. He says that it explicitly says DO NOT PLOW in the Ranger's operator's manual. He said he did not care what type of plow was used, he would not honor my warranty once he saw a plow harness or bracket attached.

How much of that is him snorting and bucking for show and how much of that is legally real, I can't say. I suppose I could eventually make enough of a stink of it and get them to honor the warranty, but I am not sure it would be worth my effort in the long run. And the dealer would no doubt make my experience a lousy one..

If you find a dealer that says otherwise, more power to you!

It is the same w/ my GF's Mazda3. The dealer has said that they will void our powertrain warranty if we put a class I hitch on it.. even if we only use the hitch for a bicycle rack! Ironically the 3 is sold w/ a dealer installed class I-like hitch in other markets (parts of Europe). How much of this is dealers covering their backsides? I'd rather not find out at this point..
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Those thieves will say/do anything to scam you. I would take the dealers advice for your warranties sake, no other.
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The dealer I workied at would tell you all kinds of things will void your warranty that is complete bull. First off they can't wave a magic wand and void your warranty, and second if they go through the process of voiding it you can make your case. Service managers are sometimes liars, they are used car salesman, only they are selling services.

I have heard a Service manager claim that if you have a diesel 3/4 ton pickup with a plow that it will void your warranty, Something about the diesels aren't built for the load! That is once again Bull and the dealership I worked at had three diesel F-250's on the lot with plows on for sale. I am telling you I called Ford using the 1-800 number (Would look it up but I will leave that up to you if you care that much) for technical questions and got it straight from the horses mouth. If you have the proper setup on your truck and their is no evidence of abuse they cannont Void your warranty. If you plow with a model built for a 3/4 ton truck then you might have a problem, but using a Sno-way or a Western Suburbanite, you will have no problems, but what do I know I like to jump in head first without researching it first!

~HJ

p.s. How could the dealership have the marbles to void my warranty when they routinely have one on their lot with the same setup for sale? "Here buy this truck and pay $3000 for the plow that we added, but as soon as you leave the lot, we will not honor your warranty!" sounds pretty stupid to me.

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Again, it isn't about what is covered or not covered int he legal sense, it is about what my dealer would cover or not cover w/o argument. I don't think it is worth saving a few bucks every year over paying some guy to plow my mum's driveway. YMMV..

Even if I could convince my dealer that it is covered, who's to say that he wouldn't instruct the tech to purposely do a crappy job.. or to 'forget' to get to my truck that day and leave me truck-less for another day.. or.. well, use your imagination.

It is my understanding that the owners manual for F250's actually come w/ a section that discusses plowing. The Ranger OTOH specifically says NOT TO PLOW w/ the Ranger. That in of itself strikes me as a pretty convincing argument that the F250 is better suited for plowing than the Ranger is.

Notice I'm not saying that the Ranger is not suited for plowing whatsoever. All I'm saying is that you are far more likely to get some static from your dealer about warranty coverage if you have a plow bracket on your truck than w/o. Can you get coverage anyway? Sure. Can you find a dealer that will wholeheartedly support you even w/ the bracket? Sure. Will this be an issue anyway, will you actually need the coverage? Maybe, maybe not..
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Direct quote from my 2003 owners manual

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Using your vehicle with a snowplow

Do not use this vehicle for snowplowing
Not trying to argue if the Ranger can handle it or not. Don't really care living in the south and all.

But that should be plenty for Ford not to honor the warranty coverage on anything potentially damaged from plowing
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Not trying to argue if the Ranger can handle it or not. Don't really care living in the south and all.

But that should be plenty for Ford not to honor the warranty coverage on anything potentially damaged from plowing
I've read that too, that is why I called ford and talked to them directly. I did my homework on this and once again, If using the Proper equipment designed for your vehicle they WILL honor the warranty. But draw your own conclusions, I could care less, the only reason I never plowed with mine was I hate having the ugly plow carriage on there, Now western makes a Carriage that is all but invisible in the summer months so my next one will have a plow.

~HJ

p.s. The owners manual also states something about aftermatket accesory's and lift kit's not reccommended too, but that doesn't stop ford from honoring the warranties on trucks with this equipment if it was specifically designed for the truck. Food for thought!
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p.s. The owners manual also states something about aftermatket accesory's and lift kit's not reccommended too, but that doesn't stop ford from honoring the warranties on trucks with this equipment if it was specifically designed for the truck. Food for thought!
This is true!
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I have a 6'8'' sno-way plow on my truck. It plows really well and I do baby it a lot, but I like it.
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was looking at certified used rangers and found this



http://forddirect.autotrader.com/dea...&car_year=2004
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That's the Cutest Plow I've ever seen! Is it a Meyer? Just a guess based on the Yellow mold board.

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