New To Ranger Forums. My 02 Level II - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


Snapshots Share photos of vehicles in this sub-forum.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 10-29-2013
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Tunkhannock, PA
Posts: 21
New To Ranger Forums. My 02 Level II

A few pics of my Ranger. Dont worry. Bigger lights coming soon.





Attached Thumbnails
New To Ranger Forums.  My 02 Level II-20131029_125532_zpsb4340abb.jpg   New To Ranger Forums.  My 02 Level II-20131029_125137_zpsccf56eef.jpg   New To Ranger Forums.  My 02 Level II-20131029_124905_zpsc6fbc4e4.jpg  
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10-29-2013
Taylor's Avatar
Ive been dubbed....an old volk
iTrader: (18)
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Nashville, NC
Posts: 7,110
Welcome to RF!

Twin stick wins automatically.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-29-2013
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Tunkhannock, PA
Posts: 21




Attached Thumbnails
New To Ranger Forums.  My 02 Level II-20131029_125337_zps903ebe8e.jpg   New To Ranger Forums.  My 02 Level II-20131029_125109_zpsc1babbf0.jpg   New To Ranger Forums.  My 02 Level II-20131029_125320_zps695a91a8.jpg  
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-29-2013
Billy4x4's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Kawartha Lakes
Posts: 626
x2 with Taylor

Welcome!
A very nice clean Ranger you have there!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-29-2013
RazorsEDGE's Avatar
There's no lifeguard in the gene pool
iTrader: (4)
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 7,501
Nice truck and welcome to RF.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-30-2013
Fx4wannabe01's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (23)
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Boring, Oregon
Posts: 21,721
Welcome to RF!



Your truck is kind of an oddity! lol. Wrong console, seats, bedside decals, etc all throws my brain off. lol. One things for certain, those '02 Fx4 Off Roads sure were ugly on the inside compared to 03+ models! What seats are those?? Have you had any rear differential problems like many '02 Fx4's had?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-30-2013
Chris98's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (3)
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Thornton, CO
Posts: 705
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fx4wannabe01 View Post
Welcome to RF!



Your truck is kind of an oddity! lol. Wrong console, seats, bedside decals, etc all throws my brain off. lol. One things for certain, those '02 Fx4 Off Roads sure were ugly on the inside compared to 03+ models! What seats are those?? Have you had any rear differential problems like many '02 Fx4's had?
Those are seat covers on the seats. Defiantly has the wrong Center console, Level 2 stickers are not in the correct location on the bed, steering wheel, dash and door panels look be painted and are a gloss black. The interiors on the level 2s were not gloss black, but a more matte black.

Pretty clean looking level 2 with twin sticks.

Last edited by Chris98; 10-31-2013 at 01:34 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-30-2013
Fx4wannabe01's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (23)
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Boring, Oregon
Posts: 21,721
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chris98 View Post
Those are seat covers on the seats. But other than that I kinda have a feeling it's a level 2 clone. Wrong Center console, Level 2 stickers are not in the correct location on the bed, steering wheel, dash and door panels look be painted and are a gloss black. The interiors on the level 2s were not gloss black, but a more matte black. And did the level 2s have black carpet? I thought they all had black vinyl floors.

But other than the fact that it looks to be a clone of a level 2, it is still a pretty clean looking truck with the level 2 twin sticks.
I think it's a correct '02 "level II". I put that in quatations because there never was a '02 Level II, rather a '02 Fx4 Off Road. Name changed to Level II in '03 when they changed the name of the '02 XLT 4x4 Off Road to Fx4 Off Road for model year '03. Many, including me, refer to '02 Fx4ORs as Level II's.

Dash, door panels, wheel being so shiny could be the use of interior goop crap like Armor All. '02-05 Level II's got black carpet. My thoughts on the center console is pretty simple....looks to be of the older variety (mid 90's) in light grey with the upholstered cloth armrest. This could be as simple as a busted up stock console that nobody fixed, so they removed it and replaced it with something not broken. Previous owner, this owner, whoever. Flares, valence, rear step pad, and honeycomb all look correct being black(but that could be paint we're looking at). The stickers....may have needed bodywork at some point and were removed and replaced with eBay specials. PS: eBay specials aren't very accurate to the real thing! Note: color around the "level II" script and the size. Plus, this truck wouldn't have Level II decals on it stock....all it'd say is Fx4 Off Road.

But this truck has some custom stuff done to it, so who knows. Only thing mine is lacking from being indistinguishable from a LII is black interior plastics and headliner...which I'll never do. lol.


Anyway, nevermind the nitpicking post, welcome to the forums, Ryan!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10-30-2013
Chris98's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (3)
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Thornton, CO
Posts: 705
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fx4wannabe01 View Post
I think it's a correct '02 "level II". I put that in quatations because there never was a '02 Level II, rather a '02 Fx4 Off Road. Name changed to Level II in '03 when they changed the name of the '02 XLT 4x4 Off Road to Fx4 Off Road for model year '03. Many, including me, refer to '02 Fx4ORs as Level II's.

Dash, door panels, wheel being so shiny could be the use of interior goop crap like Armor All. '02-05 Level II's got black carpet. My thoughts on the center console is pretty simple....looks to be of the older variety (mid 90's) in light grey with the upholstered cloth armrest. This could be as simple as a busted up stock console that nobody fixed, so they removed it and replaced it with something not broken. Previous owner, this owner, whoever. Flares, valence, rear step pad, and honeycomb all look correct being black(but that could be paint we're looking at). The stickers....may have needed bodywork at some point and were removed and replaced with eBay specials. PS: eBay specials aren't very accurate to the real thing! Note: color around the "level II" script and the size. Plus, this truck wouldn't have Level II decals on it stock....all it'd say is Fx4 Off Road.

But this truck has some custom stuff done to it, so who knows. Only thing mine is lacking from being indistinguishable from a LII is black interior plastics and headliner...which I'll never do. lol.


Anyway, nevermind the nitpicking post, welcome to the forums, Ryan!
Ok yeah I just wasn't sure about the carpet. Never seen one with carpet in it yet. You're probably right on the center console being replaced from being broke as they are known for breaking. And that's true about the trim could just have a nice thick coat of armor all on it.

And I've pretty much disguised my truck as a 04 Level 2. Even painted the interior trim pieces I couldn't find at the junkyard black. Got the red level 2 seats and a lot of the interior trim out of an o4. Only thing really keeping mine from being indistinguishable from a true level 2 is the Mazda steering wheel and the fact that it's a automatic.

Sorry for thread jacking your thread Ryan. You may now continue on with your thread. Just had some stuff on it that I was concerned with that's all.

Last edited by Chris98; 10-31-2013 at 01:37 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-30-2013
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Tunkhannock, PA
Posts: 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fx4wannabe01 View Post
Welcome to RF!



Your truck is kind of an oddity! lol. Wrong console, seats, bedside decals, etc all throws my brain off. lol.- One things for certain, those '02 Fx4 Off Roads sure were ugly on the inside compared to 03+ models! What seats are those?? Have you had any rear differential problems like many '02 Fx4's had?
Those are seat covers and that console is out of an Exploder sport. The original was broken when I got the truck. Only differential related problem I had was the wheel seals.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 10-30-2013
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Tunkhannock, PA
Posts: 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fx4wannabe01 View Post
I think it's a correct '02 "level II". I put that in quatations because there never was a '02 Level II, rather a '02 Fx4 Off Road. Name changed to Level II in '03 when they changed the name of the '02 XLT 4x4 Off Road to Fx4 Off Road for model year '03. Many, including me, refer to '02 Fx4ORs as Level II's.

Dash, door panels, wheel being so shiny could be the use of interior goop crap like Armor All. '02-05 Level II's got black carpet. My thoughts on the center console is pretty simple....looks to be of the older variety (mid 90's) in light grey with the upholstered cloth armrest. This could be as simple as a busted up stock console that nobody fixed, so they removed it and replaced it with something not broken. Previous owner, this owner, whoever. Flares, valence, rear step pad, and honeycomb all look correct being black(but that could be paint we're looking at). The stickers....may have needed bodywork at some point and were removed and replaced with eBay specials. PS: eBay specials aren't very accurate to the real thing! Note: color around the "level II" script and the size. Plus, this truck wouldn't have Level II decals on it stock....all it'd say is Fx4 Off Road.

But this truck has some custom stuff done to it, so who knows. Only thing mine is lacking from being indistinguishable from a LII is black interior plastics and headliner...which I'll never do. lol.


Anyway, nevermind the nitpicking post, welcome to the forums, Ryan!

Thanks! It had no decals when I got it but it had all the other L2 goodies including the broken black center console that I swapped any console I could find (the grey one is from an Exploder sport) and the Alcoa wheels (but they were pretty beat) The shiny goop on the trim is detailing stuff we use at the dealer I work for. Makes anything shiny. Tganks for the comments y'all!
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 10-30-2013
ranger024x4's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (6)
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: nova
Posts: 5,061
looks like my level II
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 10-30-2013
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Tunkhannock, PA
Posts: 21

Cleaning out the truck when I bought it.


First picture just after I bought it.
Attached Thumbnails
New To Ranger Forums.  My 02 Level II-20130814_185903_zpsd8a095c9.jpg   New To Ranger Forums.  My 02 Level II-20130814_125335_zps4621b965.jpg  
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 10-30-2013
IN2 FX4's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Costa Mesa, CA
Posts: 855
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fx4wannabe01 View Post
One things for certain, those '02 Fx4 Off Roads sure were ugly on the inside compared to 03+ models!
Have you had any rear differential problems like many '02 Fx4's had?
Everybody is entitled to there opinion. I personally like the 02 FX4 interior. While I also like the blue or red seat inserts, I very much like the cracked ice inserts too. I also like the black instrument cluster background. The silver is too bright for my eyes. I even wear sunglasses on a cloudy day because my eyes are sensitive light and brightness.

That leads to my question; was the instrument cluster replaced with a newer version on 02Level2's FX4? It is certainly not the 02 FX4 cluster.

I am pretty sure all FX4s L2 and otherwise came with carpet. With respect to stick or automatic, I am pretty sure that most 02 FX4s and later FX4 L2s came with automatic. When I bought mine new, I had to search a long time to find a manual transmission. I had to go to San Diego to get it. That was in 2001 and it is possible manuals became more common later.

I have not had any problems with my 02 FX4 differential but it was replaced on the Recall a few months after I bought it. I am guessing I would have had the problem if not for the Recall. All 02 FX4s with manual transmission should have had the rear axle replaced on the Recall or had the replacement axle installed before being sold. The automatic FX4s did not get the Recall and many had problems with the rear differential.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 10-30-2013
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Tunkhannock, PA
Posts: 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by IN2 FX4 View Post
Everybody is entitled to there opinion. I personally like the 02 FX4 interior. While I also like the blue or red seat inserts, I very much like the cracked ice inserts too. I also like the black instrument cluster background. The silver is too bright for my eyes. I even wear sunglasses on a cloudy day because my eyes are sensitive light and brightness.

That leads to my question; was the instrument cluster replaced with a newer version on 02Level2's FX4? It is certainly not the 02 FX4 cluster.

I am pretty sure all FX4s L2 and otherwise came with carpet. With respect to stick or automatic, I am pretty sure that most 02 FX4s and later FX4 L2s came with automatic. When I bought mine new, I had to search a long time to find a manual transmission. I had to go to San Diego to get it. That was in 2001 and it is possible manuals became more common later.

I have not had any problems with my 02 FX4 differential but it was replaced on the Recall a few months after I bought it. I am guessing I would have had the problem if not for the Recall. All 02 FX4s with manual transmission should have had the rear axle replaced on the Recall or had the replacement axle installed before being sold. The automatic FX4s did not get the Recall and many had problems with the rear differential.
The cluster is from an 05 Exploder sport. Theyre a direct fit swap. I like the silver face but that's just my opinion.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 10-30-2013
Rooks's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (7)
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 1,867
Looks like a damn nice truck, sir. Welcome to RF!
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 10-30-2013
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Tunkhannock, PA
Posts: 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rooks View Post
Looks like a damn nice truck, sir. Welcome to RF!
Thank you
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 10-30-2013
IN2 FX4's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Costa Mesa, CA
Posts: 855
Quote:
Originally Posted by 02LeveL2 View Post
The cluster is from an 05 Exploder sport. Theyre a direct fit swap. I like the silver face but that's just my opinion.
It seems most people like the silver instrument cluster. I don't dislike them, they are just uncomfortable to my eyes. A swap for a later model Ranger or Explorer cluster is not uncommon because of the appeal to most people.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 10-30-2013
00GreenRanger's Avatar
Level III Supporter
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: North Bend, WA
Posts: 1,343
Good looking truck! I wish I had twin sticks.. lol welcome to R-F!
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 10-30-2013
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Tunkhannock, PA
Posts: 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by 00GreenRanger View Post
Good looking truck! I wish I had twin sticks.. lol welcome to R-F!
Thanks!
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 10-30-2013
dixie_boysles's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: NC
Posts: 3,778
Its definitely a level II just had some stuff replaced
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 10-31-2013
morris's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: South Detroit.
Posts: 7,833
Most fx4's were autos. In the brochure it says "twin stick option is late production availability." I'm assuming to boost sales/unload parts.

It's a nice truck, I'm not feeling the torsion stickers tho.
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 10-31-2013
IN2 FX4's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Costa Mesa, CA
Posts: 855
I am not sure what "twin stick option is late production availability" means. If it means what I think it means, the brochure must be wrong. My 02 FX4 with twin sticks has a build date of 11/01. I may be wrong but I would not call that a late production build. I am not sure when they started building the FX4 but 11/01 seems fairly early for an 02 model.

The twin sticks option was the first time it was available in quite a few years in the Ranger and it was only available for 2 years (2002 and 2003), this time.
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 10-31-2013
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Tunkhannock, PA
Posts: 21

Got the new lights on


Slow day at the garage. Did some Plasti-dipping
Attached Thumbnails
New To Ranger Forums.  My 02 Level II-img_20131030_220030_zps72b5fa33.jpg   New To Ranger Forums.  My 02 Level II-20131031_162109_zpse91a088b.jpg  
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 11-03-2013
Fx4wannabe01's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (23)
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Boring, Oregon
Posts: 21,721
Gotcha on it, Ryan.

On the center console, SEM Trim Black is a perfect finish that matches the stock color and shine if you were to paint the "new" console. Also, look into finding the stock-like black or grey vinyl armrest and hinge. You may even still have the stock stuff around. Rockauto.com sells a fix for the VERY common "shorty" console armrest breakage. It replaces the flimsy plastic under the armrest and keeps the padded part on top. Part #ARM-100 or ARM100. $40 fix but VERY worth it. Can't tell ya how many bucket equipped trucks I see for sale online with a busted up console armrest! lol.

I may be able to re-use your current hinge and if you need a cheap black armrest pad, I've got one. Not in the best of shape but not in the worst either. Just PM me if you're interested.

2001 2002 2003 Ranger Genuine Ford Center Console Lid Arm Rest w Top Pad | eBay

1991 2001 Ford Explorer Ranger Center Console Arm Rest Pad Grey Gray | eBay


Quote:
Originally Posted by IN2 FX4 View Post
Everybody is entitled to there opinion. I personally like the 02 FX4 interior. While I also like the blue or red seat inserts, I very much like the cracked ice inserts too. I also like the black instrument cluster background. The silver is too bright for my eyes. I even wear sunglasses on a cloudy day because my eyes are sensitive light and brightness.
We all got our opinions.

My comment wasn't so much focused on certain detailed aspects of the '02 Fx4 interior like gauges and seats and what not, it was more so as-a-whole. Just too bland, too black, and colorless for me. Nothing breaks up all the black. Black gauges, the perforated door panel vinyl above the armrest, black radio bezel, etc. I do however LOVE the '02 Fx4 seats with the rock pattern. Absolutely regret not buying the set I saw on craigslist locally many years ago for $100.

Quote:
Originally Posted by 02LeveL2 View Post

Slow day at the garage. Did some Plasti-dipping
Looks sick!! How'd the masking work out? What was your process? I only ask because mine were a ***** to mask and get perfect a number of years ago...

Not plasti-dip, automotive paint though.

Name:  DSC_0456edit.jpg
Views: 19
Size:  140.3 KB
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New to rangers and new to forums rangerb0y Member Introductions 8 01-10-2012 06:57 PM
Ranger-forums level question.. RangerXLT18 Ranger-Forums Office 13 10-18-2011 06:22 AM
When did Ranger-Forums become Ford Ranger Forums? Alon Ranger-Forums Office 9 03-22-2010 10:07 AM
New to RF, not new to forums southernranger Ranger-Forums Office 1 10-03-2009 09:51 AM
level one vs level two CountryboyNC General Ford Ranger Discussion 28 04-02-2006 02:29 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:46 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.