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Towing...

Truck specs are in sig... I think it was said these trucks can tow about 5,000 Lbs as long as it's not an everyday thing, correct? A bunch of my friends think I should buy an old cheapo Ranger and run it in Tuff Trucks at The Buck over the summer. About 6 races max I believe... So how much does one of the old trucks weigh? + a trailer since I am not going to pay to make it street legal. I'd also strip it down as much as possible per the rules. So can my baby do it, or should I look into trading for a F-150?

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I've read that, but how much does one of the old Rangers weigh?

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oic...define old? like pre 93 or 93-07...

i would say less then 5000 gross..
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I'd be lookin preferably a 1st gen, or 2nd if it was cheap. Sounds like my Ranger would do it ok, just gotta stay out of the hills around here...

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yea the 4.0 has good torque and your auto so youve got that advantage to... zach beard tows his bob cat with his


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he doesnt anymore.. to much lift
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he doesnt anymore.. to much lift
Whats that have to do about power?
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Whats that have to do about power?
lol i was refering to zabeard.. he said to much of a drop hitch and what not needed to tow bobby anymore.. as far as power, go for it.. i haul, tow, and everything else in between there and no problems.. go for it.. just make sure you have the right equipment
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I gotta find a cheap *** Ranger first, then look into a trailer, preferably with brakes, but that's $$$... First race is May 5th and I'm just goin to that one just to check it out, so I got some time.
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don't buy a car trailer unless it has brakes on it, brakes on a ranger won't be enough to slow down two trucks, a trailer and all the other stuff you will be hauling to the race
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lol i was refering to zabeard.. he said to much of a drop hitch and what not needed to tow bobby anymore.. as far as power, go for it.. i haul, tow, and everything else in between there and no problems.. go for it.. just make sure you have the right equipment

actually once i modify my drop hitch i can tow again. just needs modified.
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don't buy a car trailer unless it has brakes on it, brakes on a ranger won't be enough to slow down two trucks, a trailer and all the other stuff you will be hauling to the race
What other stuff? lol I'm taking a truck, beating the **** out of it, and coming home...
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If you have a automatic tranny make sure you install an auxillary transmission cooler. The auto trans are the weak link in the driveline when towing. I grenaded my last Ranger's tranny pulling slightly over 5,000 pounds on it. The tranny overheated and that led to total failure less than a month later. Even after changing the fluid the next day. The thing slipped like you wouldn't believe after about ten mins. on the road with the trailer. Granted, my last truck only had a 3.0 with 3.73 gears and an auto but, it's still essentially the same transmission. The thirty to fifty dollars you spend will be the best money you've ever spent on a mod.

Another thing, if you have a manual the towing ratings drop quite a bit as well.
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