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Old 05-07-2013, 08:12 PM   #1
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Here is my 1986 Ranger I bought a couple years ago. It was stock and broken. Had a broken rear axle and the fuel filter was clogged. I realized that the stock Ranger wasn't going to work for me. I began by replacing the rear axle and drove it for a couple months.

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It was about time to lift the front and decided to go against TTB and go with a solid axle. I swapped in a full width Dana 44 out of a '77 F-150. I used the coil setup but with 4.5" lift EB coils. I extended the stock Radius arms approximately 12" and used 1.25" Heim joints at the ends for better flex. I built a cross-member to mount the radius arms to. I geared the front axle with 5.13's and a Spartan Locker. I used Chevy 1-ton steering set and tie rod ends on the steering and swapped the steering about the knuckle instead of below. I built the track bar and track bar mounts on the axle and frame itself and used heim joints.

Rear Axle

Since I was done with the front axle I decided to finish the rear. I picked up an 8.8 out of a early 90's F-150 and swapped it in. I moved the leaf spring mounts inward to accommodate the narrow width of the Ranger vs F-150. I also used Chevy 63" leaf springs to lift the truck and I got a cheap set of Belltech 6400 knock-offs to further lift the truck. I geared the axle with a set of 5.13's and a Spartan Locker. I finished the axle off with a 3/8" thick diff cover from RuffStuff.

Engine

The old 2.3 I had in the truck was slow. I needed more power but didn't want a lot of weight. I picked up a whole running TurboCoupe for $500 and swapped the engine in. The truck has a lot more power since the turbo swap and it didn't add very much weight.

Body

I bought a set of 4.5" wide universal Fender flares from Pacer and put them on my truck after cutting fenders. I like how the flares look and they are flexible and wont break. I bought a bumper off of Craigslist and made it fit the truck. I am using a Smittybilt XRC8 winch. I am running 35" Mickey Thompson Baja Claws on 15"x8" Black Cragar wheels.


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Old 05-07-2013, 09:50 PM   #2
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Looks great
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:50 PM   #3
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sweet truck....moar pics!
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:38 AM   #4
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Finally a build thread for this thing. Looks nice!
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:37 AM   #6
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Looks good. Simple and just plain bad ass looking.


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Old 05-08-2013, 01:30 PM   #7
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:37 PM   #9
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Nice truck bumper is badass
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:53 PM   #10
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i agree we need some more pictures of this rig
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