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Old 03-30-2013
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96 build

Well guys after a little over a year without a ranger I got another one.
I went with the mentality that I will buy cheap and build what I want and so far that has been going good.

So here is what I started with A 1996 2wd 5 speed m/t xlt super cab. with a 4.0

A very plain and boring truck nothing special about it. Slow and horrible gas mileage with the 3.08 rear end. On a positive it has power windows, mirrors, locks and air conditioning so that pretty decent too.

So first thing is first get that 3.08 out of there. I got a good deal on a 3.73 with a L/S I wanted a 4.10 but there went any reasonably priced available in my area but I am satisfied with it so far.

Axle out

Clean up the new one

Threw on some new tires. I dont know what was up with the old ones I am pretty sure they were junk yard car snow tires. Anyways got a good deal on a set of 30x9.5 DYNAMIC MT RT03 great tires so far. if you wonder why I went so skinny its due to snow and ice driving.
http://www.tiretrends.com/tire_info.php3?detailID=30078 more info on the tire

I really wanted to lift my last ranger but didnt so this time around I got it done right away.

The process of lifting the truck was horrible and I did not enjoy it at all. They used too many rivets on the front suspension brackets very annoying and I was not able to figure out how to remove the pit arm so i sent it to the shop and they finished it.

Now got it back lifted and goo to go

I also put the topper in my storage locker as I hate them. I feel like I am driving a van with it. I also did a few other things here and there but nothing too special. I sanded down my headlights so they are clear again and removed the oxidisation. Added a deck so I can play my iopd and got future shop to put in a remote starter that they cant seem to get working for longer than 3 days.

So I do enjoy working on my truck and car my original though process was to build this into a trail rig in the future. My plan was to SAS the truck and my reasoning behind buying a 2wd was they are cheaper to buy 2wd and that would give me more money towards the SAS as a 4x4 transmission and transfer case can be found pretty easily.
Is my thinking out to lunch or not.
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Old 04-01-2013
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not at all, since you would just be toss'n most of the stock stuff anyways. And if you plan on going coil sprung SS I believe you can still use your 2wd coil buckets as well. Just need an axle, some arms,a t-case, and a front driveshaft. and probably cut and balance your rear driveshaft to make up for the t-case.
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