Ranger coilovers


superdog299

New member
Joined
Mar 20, 2018
Messages
11
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Location
Upstate NY
Vehicle Year
2002
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
2.3
Transmission
Automatic
My credo
My friend says it's cool, does that count?
After searching for eternity and not finding anything that works in a stock application, I finally gave up and called QA1 and talked to a rep about potential coilovers that would work. After about half an hour on the phone talking about weight, length, and travel, we happened to stumble upon a gold mine; a Chevy S10 has the same basic front suspension setup, AND they make coilovers for them. With that in mind I took a leap and ordered the pro adjustable front coil set. From what I can tell, the only reason nobody carries stock-mount coilovers for a ranger is because they never thought to bring one in to test. That was the case with QA1. But for all my Mini Rangers out there, these coilovers absolutely work perfectly and make a huge difference in ride quality and handling, especially if you're running 2-4" drop up front.





2002 2.3 flareside mini Ranger
 


Rock Auto 5% Discount Code: 248EE46702D889 Expires: October 1, 2019

Ranger850

Well-known member
Supporting Member
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Jan 24, 2018
Messages
2,653
Reaction score
352
Points
83
Location
Tallahassee Florida
Vehicle Year
2001
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
Born with a 3.0, looking for a donor V8
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
2WD
Total Lift
Stock 2"
Tire Size
Stock
My credo
Doing things wrong, until I get it right.
Nice find on the S-10 parts fitting a ranger
Who would've thought?
 

adsm08

Well-known member
Supporting Member
Ford Technician
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Sep 20, 2009
Messages
31,491
Reaction score
930
Points
113
Location
Dillsburg PA
Vehicle Year
1987
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Type
4.0 V6
Engine Size
4.0
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Tire Size
31X10.50X15
Nice find on the S-10 parts fitting a ranger
Who would've thought?
Me. I'm not at all surprised by this. S-10 and Ranger have a lot of parts that actually interchange quite well.

In college there was an S-10 that I passed by regularly that had a Ranger bed. There was also a T-100 on campus that switched between Ranger and S-10 beds periodically. I knew a guy who basically all but bolted a Ranger 8.8 into his S-10 as a cheap flip kit, and the one my wife was driving when I met her used a slave that was all but identical to a Ranger's slave.
 

Ranger850

Well-known member
Supporting Member
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Jan 24, 2018
Messages
2,653
Reaction score
352
Points
83
Location
Tallahassee Florida
Vehicle Year
2001
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
Born with a 3.0, looking for a donor V8
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
2WD
Total Lift
Stock 2"
Tire Size
Stock
My credo
Doing things wrong, until I get it right.
There's a guy here in town with a s-10 stepside bed on a ranger. Said it was pita to get wired right.
 

adsm08

Well-known member
Supporting Member
Ford Technician
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Sep 20, 2009
Messages
31,491
Reaction score
930
Points
113
Location
Dillsburg PA
Vehicle Year
1987
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Type
4.0 V6
Engine Size
4.0
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Tire Size
31X10.50X15
Anyone know if this works on a 1986 ranger 2wd?

Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
No. The 97 and earlier Rangers don't share a single common front suspension component with the later trucks.
 

Ranger850

Well-known member
Supporting Member
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Jan 24, 2018
Messages
2,653
Reaction score
352
Points
83
Location
Tallahassee Florida
Vehicle Year
2001
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
Born with a 3.0, looking for a donor V8
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
2WD
Total Lift
Stock 2"
Tire Size
Stock
My credo
Doing things wrong, until I get it right.
No. The 97 and earlier Rangers don't share a single common front suspension component with the later trucks.
What about the S-10 parts catalogue? could something in there work, like it did here?
 

bobbywalter

TRS Technical Staff
TRS Technical Advisor
TRS Banner 2012-2015
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Aug 9, 2007
Messages
18,245
Reaction score
64
Points
48
Location
woodhaven mi
Vehicle Year
1988
Make / Model
FORD
Engine Size
BIGGER
Transmission
Automatic
My credo
it is easier to fix and understand than "her"
you just make simple brackets to fit coil overs on a tib truck. seen it quite a bit years ago when tib trucks were more common.



i have seen what i assume were the f150 ford struts on tib trucks....looks sort of like a coil over.


didnt investigate it too far but looked like a simple deal to me. didnt talk to the owner directly so i dont know if it did anything for ride ect...


use the older s10 slaves for t5 conversions too...and the rear trac bar on some later iterations.


cool to see a useable already valved/tuned part like this.
 


Top