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Educate me on this...

When ever I look at documentation (like running the vin) my ranger comes up as a 1998 XLT 2.5l 4x2??
I know it doesn't have the 4wd, but what's so special that it's a 4x2? just the suspension? That's what I have assumed all along. I'm asking because I see some of the v-6's have a lower ride height.

Sorry if this is a noob question, but I'm more of a mustang guy! :p
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umm, im pretty sure 4x2 just means its 2wd nothing special..

4 wheels x 2 drive wheels
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then why does it have a higher ride height than others 4 bangers and v-6's? I bought it with 15k on the clock, and a poor kid in HS couldn't afford it, so I'm pretty sure it doesn't have a lift kit on it...
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hmm, post some pictures..
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are you comparing it to 98+ rangers?

cause any 93-97 will be lower then yours stock, because of the ibeam front suspension
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Some Rangers just seem to sit higher/lower than others. I put a 2/3" lowering kit on my 02. New springs front/rear.
I didn't like the ride. So after about a year I put it back to stock with new springs. I had tossed the original springs.
It now sits about 1 1/2-2" higher than when I first bought it. Truck had about 38-40K when I dropped it and about 53-55K when I put it back.
Thought the springs just had to "settle." I just passed 75K and there has been no drop in ride hight. Go figure. I'm going to bag it as soon as I can afford to.
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are you comparing it to 98+ rangers?

cause any 93-97 will be lower then yours stock, because of the ibeam front suspension
Negative, all based off 98+

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Some Rangers just seem to sit higher/lower than others. I put a 2/3" lowering kit on my 02. New springs front/rear.
I didn't like the ride. So after about a year I put it back to stock with new springs. I had tossed the original springs.
It now sits about 1 1/2-2" higher than when I first bought it. Truck had about 38-40K when I dropped it and about 53-55K when I put it back.
Thought the springs just had to "settle." I just passed 75K and there has been no drop in ride hight. Go figure. I'm going to bag it as soon as I can afford to.
This isn't a spring settling issue... I know that a recently replaced spring will need to settle a bit. I'm talking a definant difference... enough to make you say... wow. :p
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