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Old 09-23-2008
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Possibly buyin a new Ranger...

I have been looking into buying a new Ranger. I want the new body style which is 06 and up right? Lets say if i were to order a brand new one what options, specs, and tranny would you recommend? It would be used as a DD at first but would plan to do many things to it a down the road! Like lifting...(body or susp?), tires & rims(of course), and who knows what else.

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I would get your current truck + the 4.0L. Basicly just get the fx4.
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Do you want/need a 4x4 or 2wd? Do you tow or want something good on gas? Do you offroad or stick to the street? Once you figure out what you need/want we can help you more.

06+ is the new body style, in 08 they changed the front valance back to round fog lights but thats about the only difference. No major changes in 09 compared to 08.
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Keep yours and find a whipple..
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well i know i want a super cab, a 4x4, and proly the 4.0L. it will be used for more street driving but i want to be able to go offroad when i want. hence the eventual upgraded tires and a lift. i dont really tow anything but i have used my current hitch so id proly also get the tow package.

i guess im wondering about axles: XLT has 3.73 or 4.10 and each are either limited or non-limited slip(so total choice of 4 different). The FX4 has only a choice of 4.10 but in limited or Torsen limited(total of 2 choices).

i like having a 5sp but what would be better offroading on mostly flat land and nothin too severe(its NEBRASKA lol) and for the cab 2 or 4 door? ive heard that the 4 doors dont get a good seal and howls drivin down the road?

FX2.3 i will be keepin my current truck but im thinkin that a whipple would blow my engine its had a lot of wear n tear(from the owner before me lol)

thanks for ur ideas
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Well if your keeping your old truck. I'd go with a 2wd then. No need for two offroad trucks.
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Get an FX4. Its got the larger rear axle as well as the nicer interior. I wish I would have bought an FX4...
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if you can get an 09 Fx4. i love my 08 fx4 it is extremly nice on all terrains.
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Really the only but not huge thing that i dont like about the FX4's is the 'tutone' paint.
Does anyone know if the 09 FX4's will have the tutone as well?
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