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Old 04-10-2015
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My New 95 Ranger XLT (Work in Progress)

Just bought this truck a few days ago, needed it as a second vehicle while my 97 Cadillac Deville gets its trans repaired.

It has a few things wrong, (Broken leaf, bad shocks, Alternator light keeps coming on, a little rusty.) but i cant expect much from a vehicle with 260,000 miles on it. Engine does have less than 100k and it had a new clutch put in recently. Starter is brand new (went out after i got the vehicle home)

Already modded it a bit, made the 60/40 bench into a 40/40 by cutting out the middle section (note protect seat cloth if using grinder, hot metal sparks are bad mkay) also replaced the dash lights that where burnt out with white LED's which had the side effect of making it glow a more white/blue color)







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Outside looks straight, little rust, it spreads fast so get some Navel Jelly on that to stop it.

1995 was the first year Rangers got the new Ford Computers, the EEC-V, they are suppose to be OBD II compliant but many readers can't "talk" with them to get codes.


AXLE code 84 means 7.5" open differential with 3.45 ratio
3.45 was popular with 4cyl Rangers, made them get much better MPG at highway speeds, and MPG was why original buyer got the 4cyl engine and not a V6
But it really lowered acceleration from a stop, also bad for pulling any size trailer or heavy load in the bed.

Trans code M means it has a Mazda M50D-R1 5-speed, a good strong transmission.

Lima 2.3l engine was a very reliable engine, first used in the 1974 Ford Pinto, so it is often called "the Pinto engine", lol, it was used until 1997 then stroked to a 2.5l and used until 2001, it was then replaced by the 2.3l Duratec engine, a completely different design.
Your 1995 2.3l will have a compression ratio of 9.4:1 which means it can be prone to pinging/knocking on regular gas, you have to listen/watch for that, you can damage pistons and valves if it continues, causes can be failing EGR system, Lean fuel mix or carbon build up, last two can be prevented by using Seafoam or similar fuel system cleaner once a year in the gas tank, for $8 it is a good preventative measure.

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Yep it is OBDII as my bluetooth reader works on it, although it my not be the fastest thing on the block, it does go pretty good in 1st/2nd gear at WOT and being a light RWD truck that can mean a bit of fun around a corner (i try and avoid getting to heaving on throttle but every now and then i drive my vehicles like i stole them).
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What brand is the reader?
Might help others with '95 Rangers

Yes, those Limas like/need the higher RPM
1995 2.3l Specs are:
100hp @ 4600 RPM (1989 - 1995)
133ft/lb @ 2600 RPM (1989 - 1995)
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I am using an ELM327 Bluetooth Reader,
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005EXJNG0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005EXJNG0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I use torque pro on my phone to access it. Works in most vehicles i found,

However build quality of the reader was cheap, i had to re-solder the bluetooth board inside the adapter as it had a couple of cold joints
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New Mod

Well to fit my fat butt better into the vehicle i replaced the steering wheel with a 13.5in Grant

Wheel is 1inch smaller than stock and sits in a little more.

It reduces visibility to the speedometer but i needed more clearance for my fatness


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