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1997 Ranger Jack and Spare Tire ?

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Old 06-17-2018
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1997 Ranger Jack and Spare Tire ?

The 1997 Ranger truck recently purchased doesn't have a spare tire or the jack setup behind the seat. This truck confuses me at times as when I ran a VIN check up it said no accidents and the title was clear (not rebuilt). Haven't got the title in the mail yet to see what it says. The VIN check up says XL, but on the side of the truck it says XLT. Under the hood there is a long crank handle and I was told it is used to lower the spare tire, but the spare tire set up has one big ole bolt you remove to let the spare tire swing down (no crank set up or a hole to stick the tool thru either).

Has any one run across this type thing with the Ford Rangers?
I've tried searching to find the jack/lug-wrench setup that goes behind the set without luck and hoping someone might be able to direct me to a site or something that shows what I need.
Also, do these trucks use full size rims/tires as spares?

Something about this truck isn't adding up and hoping someone may be able to shed some light.
I'd really like to get the proper jack set up for the cab and the proper spare tire/setup also...
 
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Ford changed the style of the wench that lowers spare tire in 1998, so............
1997 could have either kind
And there was a "key" on some that went on the end of the longer rod to match the bolt head type, slot type didn't use that.

Hit wrecking yards for what you need Ford Truck jacks are pretty much the same and the spare tire lowering as well
 
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Thanks for the info and insight into the Ranger. It sounds like the truck I have is a cross-over year truck when Ford was making changes to the Ranger line. It also sounds like I need to get the small tool box loaded up for a trip to some junk-yards/u-pull-its here local.
 
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Yes, 3 generations between 1983 and 2012
Gen 1 - 1983 to 1992, there was a slight body style change in 1989, so 1989-1992 are some times called Gen 1.5
Gen 2 - 1993 to 1997
Gen 3 - 1998 to 2012

Gen 1 were smaller trucks

Gen 2 and 3 are almost identical, almost.............most parts are interchangeable
 
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Thanks for the insight iTrader. Now I have a time line of the trucks, possible parts, and with the info I got from another thread transmission type and motor manufacturer and years produced. Glad I hit this forum first, I'm liking it - and that's coming from someone that's pretty much not into the online social stuff
 
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The truck didn't come with a spare tire and I don't know if it takes a doughnut type spare or a full size spare. The truck has P225/70R14 tires and the 6" wide aluminum rims with 10 holes around the rim. The spare tire holder is the swing down type, not the crank/wire type. Does anyone happen to know if I should be getting another matching rim and tire, a doughnut spare (any specific size other then 14"), or a metal rim? I can get a 14" 5.5" wide metal rim locally used for $35. I was thinking when I put new tires on the truck have the best old one mounted on the metal rim. Would that work? I called Ford, but they essentially said they had no clue as it wasn't in their system and told me to look at the sticker on the door. But the sticker on the door doesn't have spare tire info on it. So, here I am...
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I've searched all over and found conflicting information. So, I went out to take a real good look at the spare tire setup and measure. Looks like the bolt that holds the tire down is offset and goes thru one of the lug nut holes. I measured the width and height of my 5 lug P225 70 R14SL 6" wide rim/tires and there is enough room in the spare tire cage for a full sized rim/tire set up. So, I say find a 14R 6" wide rim and use old tires that come off the truck when tires are replaced - unless, someone in the know advises differently...
 

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Yes, should be full size spare on a Ranger, stock tire size of course, lol, 35" x 12" probably wouldn't fit in the holder

You can run any size spare tire, even on a 4x4, with Limited Slip, you can't run TWO different size tires on the front axle of 4x4 unless you never use 4WD.

The axles always turn at different RPMs when going around a corner, so one smaller or larger wheel/tire on one axle is the same as "going around a corner", OPEN or L/S differentials are setup for that, have to be.

So get spare tire for a good price, size is not as important.

Ranger Wheel guide here: Ford Ranger Wheel Fitment Guide : The Ranger Station
 
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fyi be aware alot of junkyards will remove and destroy the jacks from trucks - you may have to ask them or make quick friends with a worker...

They do this because A they dont want you jacking up a vehicle and leaving it in an unsafe way and B liability of the jack if it were to fail because it was damaged in some way and the vehicle fall on you.
 
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I can get a 14" by 5.5" wide steel rim for about 35 bucks at All Pro's down the road a ways. I've seen a couple 15" rims/tires, but not real sure I really want to go that route. I thought 14" tires, which are the stock tires on this vehicle would be the easiest to get, but it seems there are a lot more 15" and 16" tires out there when I'm looking. What Dngr Rngr said sure explains why none of the salvage/u-pull-it places I've contacted has rims or jacks. Good to know that the little Ranger uses full sized spare tires and that my 2-wheel drive isn't as picky size wise as the 4x4's are. Thanks for that info RonD. To be honest it's something I wasn't aware of at all...
 
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Originally Posted by kevoid View Post
I can get a 14" by 5.5" wide steel rim for about 35 bucks at All Pro's down the road a ways. I've seen a couple 15" rims/tires, but not real sure I really want to go that route. I thought 14" tires, which are the stock tires on this vehicle would be the easiest to get, but it seems there are a lot more 15" and 16" tires out there when I'm looking. What Dngr Rngr said sure explains why none of the salvage/u-pull-it places I've contacted has rims or jacks. Good to know that the little Ranger uses full sized spare tires and that my 2-wheel drive isn't as picky size wise as the 4x4's are. Thanks for that info RonD. To be honest it's something I wasn't aware of at all...
yesh $35 for a 14" rim? Most JY around me are $20 a steel rim $30 an alloy....

Gotta find yourself one of the old junkyards that have crap scattered all over - they usually leave the jacks in em or like I said find a worker out getting a part off and ask if they have any jacks laying around saying you bought a truck without one - may be nice enough to lead to to the pile of em before they scrap em or flip him $10 and it may magically appear in the bed of your truck lol...
 
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