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Old 07-10-2007
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A/C Kit

Does anyone know where I can find a good A/C kit for my '05 Ranger. 2.3L?

Any ideas. Ford says they do not offer a kit.
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I had to go to a local shop to get it done. Charged me around $1300 for everything. Do some looking around there for a good A/C shop. From what I've heard you really don't want to tackle this mod yourself.

Hot down there today, huh? I think I saw that Medford hit around 104 today, we hit 92 here. Gonna be close to 100 tomorrow. And they say it only rains in the Northwest!
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I'm actually in the process of negotiating parts with another member from here who has a truck he's parting out. Yes, it looks absolutely staggering compared to normal mods. I'm sure it would be worth it in the end, and I really don't want to spend that much on my truck at this point. I'll probably see if anyone wants to help in this project if I decide to tackle it. I don't like the idea of tearing apart my truck to that extent.
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I don't like the idea of tearing apart my truck to that extent.
Exactly why I paid to have a pro do it. If I had tried it, I'd have a bucket full of leftover parts that never found their way back on the truck!
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Hot down there today, huh? I think I saw that Medford hit around 104 today, we hit 92 here. Gonna be close to 100 tomorrow. And they say it only rains in the Northwest!
Oh man, was it hot! I hate the heat. Coming from the Bay Area, we didnt like 85.


I dont mind getting my truck apart. I work at a dealer, so we have all the tools. We have a A/C specialist, but he is older. But, I can bounce questions off of him.

To what extent do you need to go on the truck? Dash comes out?

If anyone can kinda describe the process.. Or a link to it, that would be great.
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Exactly why I paid to have a pro do it. If I had tried it, I'd have a bucket full of leftover parts that never found their way back on the truck!
If one already has the parts, how much can one expect to have it installed?
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I think all the parts run around $800 or so. Everything after that is pure labor.
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I just put a/c in my 98 awhile ago... it wasn't hard at all... probably the "hardest" part was getting the Evap core in the plastic HVAC box in the engine bay and getting a good seal around it...

is it a auto or a manual? With my install, W/o a/c preinstalled, there's going to be a few wires missing... but it's not that hard to make it work. If you have the ford tech manuals, you can see there are 3 or 4 wires that tie the ECU into the a/c system. I pretty much ignored those and used the 2 switches in the system to power a control relay to provide power to the compressor.

Make sure you get the a/c spec fan and a/c spec shroud, it will help the a/c system perform better.

It's very much well worth it!
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Old 07-16-2007
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My truck is a Manual. I will have a ford tech manual avalible.

So I dont quite get the 2 switches that you did.

What kind of seal do you need to get around the box?
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being yours is a 2005 i would try to locate a aftermarket stand alone kit. years ago this sort of thing was avaliable, not sure about newer trucks?

you will need a wiring harness, PCM reflash, and all the OEM parts if you plan on a "OEM" swap.
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My truck is a Manual. I will have a ford tech manual avalible.

So I dont quite get the 2 switches that you did.

What kind of seal do you need to get around the box?
This is what I did... I used all stock ford parts... minus the wiring harness. Mine isnt tied into the computer either... but it works and I love it.

I know that there are companies that offer kits to add a/c... they should offer a kit for yours...

I ended up getting some foam and sliding it around the tubing. It's held up great for over 2500 miles so far!


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Trade it in on one that has A/C would be the easiest.
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Trade it in on one that has A/C would be the easiest.
when i bought mine i opted for the "panzymatic" and got FREE a/c !!
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