The Ford Safety Compliance Label (Federal Sticker)

Whether you’re looking at a used truck, or looking at a truck in the salvage yard, it can be helpful to know what everything stands for on the federal sticker. The sticker can be found on the door latch edge of the drivers door.

There are some things on the sticker that are self explanatory such as the build date, tire size, rim size, tire pressure, and VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)

For more information on Decoding Ford VIN Numbers, click HERE.

GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) – This IS NOT how much the truck weighs. This is the TOTAL amount the truck can weigh (including the driver and passenger) when fully loaded.

So if a Ford Ranger’s GVWR is 4,840 pounds, that’s the most the manufacturer and government have certified the truck to possibly weigh with fuel, passengers, and cargo. These classifications exist for safety regulation, commercial designation, and registration purposes.

GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating) – GAWR is the maximum distributed weight that may be supported by an axle. If you loaded up the bed of your Ford Ranger, and parked with just your rear wheels on a truck scale, you couldn’t weigh more than what was listed next to “REAR GAWR”

Let’s look at the things that aren’t as clear:

(1) Ford Paint Color Codes:

The paint code for this truck is EL. According to the list below, this truck is Wild Strawberry metallic with a clear coat.

(M) = Metallic
Cc = Clear Coat

 

1B – Medium Charcoal (M)
1D – Smoke (M) Cc
1E – Silver (M)
1G – Silver (M)
1J – Dark Charcoal (M) Cc
1N – Dove Gray
1Y – Dark Charcoal (M) Cc
24 – Medium Red
2C – Dark Canyon Red (M) Cc
2G – Dark Canyon Red (M) Cc
2H – Dark Canyon Red
2K – Candyapple Red
2L – Maroon
2M – Dark Red
2M – Med. Canyon Red (M) Cc
2P – Bright Red
3A – Dark Midnite Blue
3B – Light Blue
3D – Dark Blue (M)
3H – Medium Blue (M)
3L – Dark Blue (M)
3P – Medium Blue (M)
3U – Light Blue
3Y – Flemish Blue (M) Cc
44 – Dark Canyon Red Cc
46 – Dark Jade (M)
49 – Dark Charcoal (M) Cc
4N – Wild Strawberry (M) Cc
4Q – Wild Strawberry (M) Cc
5Q – Dark Brown (M)
61 – Medium Yellow
62 – Med. Sandalwood (M) Cc
6P – Cream
7 – Herron White
78 – Flemish Blue (M) Cc
7B – Shadow Blue (M)
7K – Dk. Shadow Blue (M)
7N – Dk. Shadow Blue (M)
7Q – Dk. Shadow Blue (M)
8L – Sand Beige
8Q – Light Desert Tan
8Z – Med. Sandalwood (M) Cc
91 – Smoke (M) Cc
9A – Wimbledon White
9D – Herron White
9E – Pure White
9M – White
9N – Med. Desert Tan (M)
9R – Dark Charcoal (M) Cc
AQ – Arizona Beige
AT – Desert Tan (M)
AW – Med. Sandalwood (M) Cc
B2 – Harvest Gold Cc
B4 – Autumn Brown
B6 – Mandarin Copper
B7 – Yellow Zinc
BA – Lt Prairie Tan C/C
BG – Bright Amber
BI – Inca Gold
BP – Sunburst Gold (M) Cc
BQ – Light Parchment Gold
BY – Chrome Yellow
BZ – Chrome Yellow
C – Pure White T200
C2 – Gold Ash
C5 – Inspiration Yellow
C6 – Sunray Gold
CHARCOAL – Charcoal Gray
CQ – Coral
CX – Dark Shadow Gray
CY – Competition Orange
CZ – Robin’S Egg Blue
D3 – Colorado Red
D6 – Screaming Yellow
DA – Cayman Cc
DD – Mocha Frost
DI – Dark Ink Blue
DK – Desert Pearl C/C
DT – Matador Red
DV – Light Tundra
DX – Blue Pearl
DZ – Lt Saddle C/C
E4 – Vermilion Red
E8 – Vermillion Tint
E9 – Laser Red Tint C/C
E9 – Mint Green
EG – Elec Currant Red C/C
EH – Dark Canyon Red
EK – Wild Strawberry (M) Cc
EL – Wild Strawberry (M) Cc
EP – Cardinal Red
ER – Dark Cranberry (M) Cc
ES – Performance Red
EU – Candyapple Red
EX – Med. Cranberry (M) Cc
F5 – Grabber Green
F6 – Ceramic White Tri-Coat
FL – Toreador Red C/C
FS – Spruce Green C/C
FT – Charcoal Green (M)
FU – Dark Green Satin
FV – Woodland Green
FX – Merlot
G2 – Redfire
G3 – Pueblo Gold
G4 – Cashmere Tricoat
G5 – Alloy
G6 – Mystichrome
G9 – Vista Blue
GG – Forest Green
GL – Heritage Blue
GT – Autumn Red
GW – Orange Crush Pearl
HA – Ivory
HC – Ivory Parchment Tricoat
HG – Smokestone
HH – Dark Cherry
HJ – Pewter Met.
HP – High Performance White
J – Silver (M)
JL – Dk Toreador Red C/C
JP – Silver Birch
K1 – Lt. Denim Blue
K7 – Bright Atlantic Blue
KE – Lapis
KM – Royal Blue
KR – Norsea Blue
KW – Charcoal Blue (M)
KX – Graphite Blue
L2 – True Blue
L4 – Lt Wedgewd Blue Met
L5 – Azure Blue
LA – Med Royal Blue C/C
LD – Med Wedgewood C/C
LL – Deep Wedgewood Blue
LS – Light Ice Blue
LV – Light Sapphire Blue
LY – Thunderbird Blue
LZ – Bright Island Blue
M – Wimbledon White
M9 – French Blue
MD – Clr. Crys. Blue Frost (M) Cc
MJ – Dk. Shadow Blue (M)
MK – Twilight Blue
NB – Dark Tourmaline
ND – Dune Pearl
NH – Lt. Sage
NL – Orange Frost
NZ – Kiwi Green
P1 – Lime Gold
P2 – Driftwood
P3 – Windveil Blue
P5 – Aspen Green
PA – Deep Jewel Green C/C
PB – Jewel Green (M) Cc
PG – Dark Amethyst
PH – Creme Brulee (Blonde)
PS – Pacific Green C/C
PV – White Chocolate Tricoat
PX – Dark Highland Green
R1 – Dark Teal
RC – Medium Platinum
RJ – Medium True Blue
S – Midnite Blue (M)
S1 – Svt Blue
SH – Med Willow Met C/C
SL – Light Willow Metallic
SN – Sonic Blue
SP – Steel Blue
ST – Estate Green
SU – Amazon Green
T – Candyapple Red
T1 – Lt Gunmetal
T2 – Bronze
T3 – Satellite Silver
T4 – Lt Mineral Gray Met
T5 – Dark Copper
T7 – Charcoal Beige
T8 – Tungsten Grey Met
T9 – Monterey Gray
TC – Charcoal Gray
TH – Aqua Blue
TK – Mineral Gray
TL – Satin Silver
TS – Silver Frost
TV – Midnight Gray
U3 – Valencia
UA – Ebony
W5 – Ceramic White
WF – White Pearl (Tri-Coat)
WT – Performance White Cc
YC – Black
YG – Pure White
YN – Lt Charcoal Met C/C
YO – Oxford White
YT – Dark Charcoal (M) Cc
YW – Smoke (M) Cc
YY – White
YZ – Pastel/Oxford White
ZR – Ultra White

 

(2) Wheelbase:

I added this since the sticker doesn’t clearly state ‘Wheelbase’. According to the 125 on the sticker, this truck has a wheelbase of 125-inches.

(3) Transmission:

This is a good one to know and can be very useful when searching for transmissions still in the truck in a salvage yard. The date on this sticker is 1992 and the transmission code is T. From the list below, the Ranger has an A4LD transmission.

V – C3 – 3-Speed Automatic (1983-1984)
W – C5 – 3-Speed Automatic (1983-1984)
T – A4LD 4-Speed Automatics  (1985-1994)
T – 4R44E – 4-Speed Automatic  (1995-2000)
T – 4R55E – 5-Speed Automatic  (1995-1997)
D – 5R55E – 5-Speed Automatic (1988-2011)
D – 5R55E – 5-Speed Automatic  (1997-2011)
R – 5R55W – 5-Speed Automatic (2002-2011)

Note: Code for 5R44E automatic is missing

D – Mitsubishi FM132 (1988-1992 2.9L 2WD)
D – Mitsubishi FM145 – 5-Speed Manual  (1985-1987 4×4)
D – Mitsubishi FM146 – 5-Speed Manual  (1988-1992 2.9L 4×4)
X – Toyo Koygo – 4-Speed Manual  (1983-1987 2WD) (1983-1984 4×4)
5 – Toyo Koygo – 5-Speed Manual  (1983-1987 2WD) (1983-1987 4×4)
M – Mazda M50D-R1 – 5-Speed Manual
J – Mazda M50d-R1HD – 5-Speed Manual  (2001 & Newer 4.0L SOHC)

(4) Axle:

This identifies the rear axle in this truck. The axle code is F7. According to the chart below, this Ranger has a 7.5-Inch rear axle with 4.10 gears.

Ranger
Code Description  Capacity Ratio
72 open 6-7/8″ 2200 3.08
74 open 6-7/8″ 2200 3.45
82 open 7.5″ 2750 3.08
84 open 7.5″ 2750 3.45
85 open 7.5″  2750  3.55
86 open 7.5″ 2750 3.73
87 open 7.5″ 2750 4.10
89 (1992-1998) open 7.5″ 4.10
89 (1999-2001) open 7.5″ 4.56
91 open 8.8″ 2750 3.27
92 open 8.8″ 2750 3.08
95 open 8.8″ 2750 3.55
96 open 8.8″ 2750 3.73
97 open 8.8″ 2750 4.10
98 open 8.8″ 2750 4.56
F4 L/S  7.5″ 2750 3.45
F5 L/S  7.5″ 2750 3.55
F6 L/S  7.5″ 2750 3.73
F7 L/S  7.5″ 2750 4.10
K6 L/S  8.8″  4.10
R5 L/S  8.8″ 2750 3.55
R6 L/S  8.8″ 2750 3.73
R7 L/S  8.8″ 2750 4.10
R8 L/S  8.8″ 2750 4.56
(Note 4.56 geared axles ’99-up are 31-spline)
 

(5) Tape:

P – Platinum (Ranger XLT “Off Road”)
S – Silver (Ranger XLT “Off Road”)
B – Blue/Dark Blue (Ranger XLT)
C – Copper/Gold (Ranger XLT)
G – Green/Gold (Ranger XLT)
T – Tea (Ranger Splash)
V – Violet (Ranger Splash)
4 – Silver/Medium Graphite (Ranger SE/LE)
5 – Beige/Brown (Ranger SE/LE)
8 – Santa Fe/Woodrose (Ranger SE/LE)