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Ranger rock-crawler/beater

I'm going to look at a Ranger that was rolled. It's an 2003 with the 4.0L,5 speed 4X4. I'm considering getting it, and getting a full cage built for it and use it strictly as an off road only rock crawler/beater. The roof and bed are cut away, but the cage would fix that. The rest of the truck is in good shape, it runs and would be fun. The biggest expenses would be the cage and lifting it.

Should I do that? Or buy the thing, and part it out? I'll attach some pics...

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I'll have to double check but there's a dead 03 level II on ebay for like $200. I saw it last night. I just don't remember if it's auto or not. Just an FYI for ya.

EDIT: automatic, no manual t-case, and up to $500. Out is Flagler, CO http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2003-...spagenameZWDVW

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I thought about doing that to mine, but I am glad I didn't. The frame was way bent and would have been pretty damn bad for off-roading.
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depends on how much for.

in all honesty, a rolled ranger wouldnt be my first choice. maybe a full bodied totalled ranger...
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are those jeep wheels?

sounds like a good idea to me, its what i would do
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depends on how much for.

in all honesty, a rolled ranger wouldnt be my first choice. maybe a full bodied totalled ranger...
Really cheap.

I would be sending it to the people at RPP for help. lol.

If the frame is straight, would it be okay?
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what are u gettin it for. i rolled my ranger a few years ago. cant even notice.
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yes those are grand cherokee wheels (93-98). ryan u rolled yours before?
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yes those are grand cherokee wheels (93-98). ryan u rolled yours before?
yeah 3 years ago this month.
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DO IT!

That would be so rowdie, a canvas topped convertable ranger possibly 4 linked... jimmeny crickets that sounds awesome!!!
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yea a nice trail rig
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do it. i did it with my 2wd. just put some dana 44s under it with a exocage and youll be good
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do it. i did it with my 2wd. just put some dana 44s under it with a exocage and youll be good
well you put an "exo" on yours and you know what I think of that...


I don't know im just sayin that even at a killer price, itde be still a lot of money to build, although parting it out some would at least get your money back.

what am I saying, buy it, if it works out, awesome, if it doesnt part it or sell it for steel.

but just so you know, right off the bat, a good SAFE cage, we would have to make it of DOM (I wouldn't even think of help if it was anything less...) is gonna be spendy right off the bat, make sure you have a place to store it, because a vehicle like that will attract the complaints and code enforcements like crazy, and then make sure you have ways to haul it.

We'll start small. If it was my opinion, in your limited rock crawling experience, I would make you rock the IFS for a little while, and then move up into the swap. with enough time, the swap materials wouldnt be so much, I can keep an eye out for the deals.

Just remember how much money it will cost though. I know youre in college and I've witnessed first hand how you have to budget, so, make that youre main concern, because after 2-3 years with little progress, its just gonna be a thorn in your side...
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