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Front Crossmember question

My son drives a 2005 Ranger 4WD 4.0L. I'm considering buying a snowsport hd snowplow for his birthday and would have to also purchase a 2" front receiver for the plow. Vendor website indicates the 2" receiver cannot be installed on rangers with a front crossmember. Does the above described ranger come factory equipped with a front crossmember. Don't want to ask my son because he'd know I was planning something.
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Rangers aren't meant for plowing. In your manual it says the vehicle is not meant for plowing. There are a few guys on here that plow and they will tell you this: If you plow with a Ranger it will wear out your front end components quickly, if you insist on plowing buy a light composite plow and on ly do small jobs like driveways, if its auto get a transmission heat gauge.

Unless he enjoys rebuilding his front suspension frequently and significantly reducing the life of his transmission I wouldn't suggest using the Ranger to plow.

If he wants to plow buy an old solid front axle truck like a K5 Blazer or an old F-250. Or even an older Twin Traction Bar F-150. Using your daily driver as a plow truck is never a good idea. Causes too many break downs.
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Rangers aren't meant for plowing. In your manual it says the vehicle is not meant for plowing. There are a few guys on here that plow and they will tell you this: If you plow with a Ranger it will wear out your front end components quickly, if you insist on plowing buy a light composite plow and on ly do small jobs like driveways, if its auto get a transmission heat gauge.

Unless he enjoys rebuilding his front suspension frequently and significantly reducing the life of his transmission I wouldn't suggest using the Ranger to plow.

If he wants to plow buy an old solid front axle truck like a K5 Blazer or an old F-250. Or even an older Twin Traction Bar F-150. Using your daily driver as a plow truck is never a good idea. Causes too many break downs.
x2...you forgot the FS bronco lol
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I think old TTB F-150 also covers FS Broncos lol Same drivetrain
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lol very true
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and i think every ranger has a front crossmember...
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also very true
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otherwise what would hold the engine/related components in lol
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They may be talking about the "crossmember" that mounts the bumper and front tow hooks. For many years, the 4x4's have had a full width stamping that is welded to the front of both frame rails. By contrast, many of the 2WD Rangers have 2 smaller plates, one on the front of each rail, that mount the bumper only.
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They may be talking about the "crossmember" that mounts the bumper and front tow hooks. For many years, the 4x4's have had a full width stamping that is welded to the front of both frame rails. By contrast, many of the 2WD Rangers have 2 smaller plates, one on the front of each rail, that mount the bumper only.
oh i see...thanks for clearing that up bob
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I knew what he meant hahaha. I was just poking fun that he was calling it the front crossmember instead of the tow hook crossmember or mount.
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I knew what he meant hahaha. I was just poking fun that he was calling it the front crossmember instead of the tow hook crossmember or mount.
so in other words that companys plow will only fit the 2wd ranger
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Really appreciate all the smart *** answers to a simple question. My son is a Gulf War vet and is slightly handicapped which makes it difficult to snowblow his driveway. I understand a Ranger was not designed for heavy duty plowing, but a small snowplow would certainly make his winter far easier. My stay in this board will be short-lived. Again, many thanks for nothing!!
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before you go knocking him for what he is asking about, google the product.
http://www.agricover.com/index.php/p...FcO8KgodnVnGVQ

its a small plow that hooks into a 2" hitch, no power anything, folds back when you go in reverse so it doesn't catch anything, designed for doing small odd jobs such as driveways.
I've looked at them before for my parents cos they're moving up north and are gonna have a huge *** drive way so it was an option for them.

to answer the question, there aren't many hitches that can bolt onto the front end of a ranger, but you can always just get one welded in there or custom fit one, its not too much work, i used to have one up front.
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Like I said before:
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There are a few guys on here that plow and they will tell you this: If you plow with a Ranger it will wear out your front end components quickly, if you insist on plowing buy a light composite plow and on ly do small jobs like driveways, if its auto get a transmission heat gauge.

Unless he enjoys rebuilding his front suspension frequently and significantly reducing the life of his transmission I wouldn't suggest using the Ranger to plow.
There is all the information you need. My first post wasn't smart alecy at all. It was very informative. It got a little off topic after that but you have to take the good with the bad. All you questions are answered (except about the front hitch because I have no idea) in response number 1.
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There is all the information you need. My first post wasn't smart alecy at all. It was very informative. It got a little off topic after that but you have to take the good with the bad. All you questions are answered (except about the front hitch because I have no idea) in response number 1.
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Those are actually pretty cool! I don't see why a Ranger couldn't handle something like that pushing a few inches of snow.
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