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Old 11-27-2008
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Is it possible to put in a/c?

I've decided to keep my Ranger for while before getting another, but one thing that I dont like is that it doesnt have air conditioning. I live in the Okanagan which is known for super hot summers and I was wondering if it is possible and if so how hard would it be to put in AC? Is it as simple as getting an AC unit, all lines and heater/ac panel switches from a Ranger at a wrecker?
Ive never heard of this discussed before so I have no idea...
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I dunno, maybe some of those redneks you despise will chime in.
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Rich you might want to wait a while before asking for help..
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explain the idea you dont have it?

its all plumbed and just comes out hot? or it doesnt even have the panel or the option?
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I dunno, maybe some of those redneks you despise will chime in.
No, but one douchebag just did...
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explain the idea you dont have it?

its all plumbed and just comes out hot? or it doesnt even have the panel or the option?
No dude it doesnt have the option at all and I would like to put one in if possible...
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No, but one douchebag just did...
really?
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Well yah generally you could do just that. Since all rangers are setup for A/C you could just pull it off the junker plus i would get a serpentine belt for the pump. Im assuming you don't have one of those either. But yeah it would probably be hard to run all that stuff too since it is all hard lines. But its doable if you really want it.
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Awesome thank you. Glad to know its doable. I would really like it if Im going to hang onto this truck for a while, plus summers here are brutal. Maybe I'll go check the junkyard out and see how difficult it will be to take everything out, then I will have an idea of what it would take to re-install it. Then again maybe it's not such a good idea getting a/c components from a junkyard, that could be asking for trouble, ill price out new as well. Thanks again...

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Awesome thank you. Glad to know its doable. I would really like it if Im going to hang onto this truck for a while, plus summers here are brutal. Maybe I'll go check the junkyard out and see how difficult it will be to take everything out, then I will have an idea of what it would take to re-install it. Then again maybe it's not such a good idea getting a/c components from a junkyard, that could be asking for trouble, ill price out new as well. Thanks again...
A few companies make Universal Kits, but they can be costly. Look for a similar year Ranger with A/C, I don't think (could be wrong) there was a difference between the pump/compressor with motor selection. Have new lines made and a tune up of all older parts. Pick up a shop or service manual with in-depth detail on each part and what/where it goes and does. Good luck, also you may want to stop on the subtle insults, there has been a lot of banning going on.
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you're in canada?
and your're *****ing about hot summers?

I'm in Texas, i know its hotter else where... but i know people that take the AC out.
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you're in canada?
and your're *****ing about hot summers?

I'm in Texas, i know its hotter else where... but i know people that take the AC out.
Haha yeah it sounds funny but where i live we get both extremes of weather(yes our igloos melt in the summer lol)... It can regularly hit above 40 degrees celsius in summer, which is like over 100 Farenheit to you Americans. Winter we can drop to -40....

I dont understand, what do you mean you know people take them out, why would they do that?

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I dont understand, what do you mean you know people take them out, why would they do that?
The A/C compressor caused drag on an engine which causes heat, loss of efficiency and loss of overall power. With an automatic transmission, if the drag is heavy, going onto ramps to enter expressways.. it can take quite a while to hit the posted limits.

Picture having a parking brake on your belts in front of your engine.
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when you rip a truck apart to make it a trail rig/toy then its just in the way.
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honestly youd be better off buying another one that already has ac ... especially if you havent done any major mods yet ..... i turned down 2 rangers before i found my truck ... and one of em was a really well taken care of silver 93 xcab with 130k on it that the guy only wanted 1800 for .... loved the color and that style of ranger and as strange as it sounds i thought the older dash and lack of airbags was cool too
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Oh ok I get it now. Damn i really dont think my 3.slow can handle anymore drag on her, she's already a bit of a dog.


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honestly youd be better off buying another one that already has ac ... especially if you havent done any major mods yet
Yes this is the dilemna I face, I havent really done any major mods yet, and dont know if I should. So far Im trying to chose mods that can be carried over to the next 4th gen Ranger I buy, and next time I will def get a/c.

I'll still have a look at the junkyard and ask what they would want for an a/c setup but I'll prob just sit tight until spring and see how I feel then since it's not something I need right now.

Thanks for you input guys

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you think your 3.0 is a dog try driving a 2.5 or 97 and older 2.3 lol
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