Jim Oaks

Jim Oaks

As a Ford Ranger enthusiast who enjoyed modifying my Ford Ranger for off-road use, I quickly discovered that there wasn’t any websites dedicated to the subject. So in 1999, I created TheRangerStation.com.

What started as my own personal desire to help other Ford Ranger owners, has grown into a wealth of online information from numerous contributors.

Almost 20-years later, my commitment to the Ford Ranger, and the Ford Ranger community, is as strong as ever.

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Recent Articles #1

1983 Ford Ranger D-Ranged
1983 Ford Ranger D-Ranged

1983 Ford Ranger D-Ranged

Filed in 1983-1988 Ford Ranger 2WD by on April 2, 2018 • views: 3142

The body lines of the 1983-1988 Ford Ranger will probably always be my favorite. When I saw this truck, I felt that it needed to be preserved here at TheRangerStation.com. This 1983 Ford Ranger was owned and built by Chick Deitz of Pennsylvania, and is a grand national champion show vehicle. After competing and winning car […]

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Recent Articles #2

1999 Ford Ranger Powerforce Concept
1999 Ford Ranger Powerforce Concept

1999 Ford Ranger Powerforce Concept

Filed in 1998-2011 Ford Ranger 2WD, Concept Vehicles by on March 4, 2018 • views: 3370

Not all concepts reach for new expressions, forms, technologies or structures. Some, in fact probably most, are mildly-altered recognizable variants of production vehicles. Tailored to specific applications, markets or styles, these concepts seek to explore the market’s acceptance of mild alterations or reactions to hints of coming features. Ranger Powerforce is one such hint of […]

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2001 Ford Ranger 4×4 Overlander
2001 Ford Ranger 4x4 Overlander

2001 Ford Ranger 4×4 Overlander

Filed in 1998-2011 Ford Ranger 4x4, Overlanding by on March 2, 2018 • views: 5885

This 2001 Ford Ranger 4×4 was purchased with the intended purpose of being a work truck, but it didn’t stay that way long. After exploring the options for lifting this Ranger, the owner chose to add a 3-inch body lift along with some 33×12.5×15 Goodyear Duratrac tires, and smoothed out the ride with Bilstien HD shocks. […]

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The 1st 2019 Ford Ranger Rolls Off The Line
First 2019 Ford Ranger

The 1st 2019 Ford Ranger Rolls Off The Line

Filed in 2019 North American Ford Ranger by on February 27, 2018 • views: 8880

The production of the Ford Ranger is getting closer. According to this article at @FordOnline; Wayne, MICH., – Anticipation is building at the Michigan Assembly Plant. From all the talk, to the ongoing construction in the plant, the Ford Ranger is top of mind. The excitement reached a new level as the first 2019 Ranger […]

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Ford Hints At Ford Ranger Raptor For The U.S.
Ranger Raptor For The U.S.

Ford Hints At Ford Ranger Raptor For The U.S.

Filed in 2019 North American Ford Ranger, Concept Vehicles by on February 9, 2018 • views: 3690

The new Raptor Ranger was unveiled Wednesday (02/07/2018) at a press conference in Thailand, and Ford took pains to say that what you’re seeing is the Asia Pacific market version of this truck. The question everyone is asking though, is whether the Raptor version will be offered here in North America. That’s still to be […]

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Mr Bossley’s 2008 Ford Ranger Overlander
2008 Ford Ranger Overlander

Mr Bossley’s 2008 Ford Ranger Overlander

Filed in 1998-2011 Ford Ranger 4x4, Overlanding by on February 3, 2018 • views: 6187

Have you been wheeling this winter? I love a cool Ford Ranger (no pun intended). I love them even more when I can watch the build of the truck as it progresses with the owners vision. Case in point is this 2008 Ford Ranger FX4 4×4 owned by forum member Mr. Bossley. The truck went […]

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The 2019 Ford Ranger Debut – Our Take
2019 Ford Ranger Debut - Our Take

The 2019 Ford Ranger Debut – Our Take

Filed in 2019 North American Ford Ranger by on January 17, 2018 • views: 8740

By Jim Oaks: My days of owning and working on Rangers go back to 1992. During that time, I’ve came to own and work on various generations of them. I like them so much, I created The Ranger Station back in 1999. When Ford contacted me and asked me if I wanted to come and […]

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Greater Product Support – 2019 Ranger
Greater Product Support - 2019 Ranger

Greater Product Support – 2019 Ranger

Filed in 2011-2018 Ford Ranger T6 4X4 by on January 1, 2018 • views: 3426

The 2019 Ford Ranger is just around the corner. Watch for it’s debut at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show. Some long time Ford Ranger owners aren’t that crazy about the new looks, and they worry about the price. But when the price is announced, remember that a 2018 Ford F-150 4×4 is $40,000+, and the […]

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2016 Ford Ranger Wildtrak T6 4-Inch Lift
2016 Ford Ranger Wildtrak T6 4-Inch Lift

2016 Ford Ranger Wildtrak T6 4-Inch Lift

Filed in 2011-2018 Ford Ranger T6 4X4 by on January 1, 2018 • views: 5551

The new Ford Ranger is coming this fall. Are you ready for it? This 2016 Ford Ranger Wildtrak T6 4×4 was built by Option 4WD in Nakhon Pathom Province Taiwan. The truck features: Option 4wd 4-inch Suspension lift Profender front shocks OME coil springs Mickey Thompson Bala Claws – LT315/75R16 (34.6 x 12.4 x 16) Black […]

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Scotty’s Rangerunner
Scotty's Rangerunner

Scotty’s Rangerunner

Filed in 1998-2011 Ford Ranger 4x4 by on December 17, 2017 • views: 6100

Scotty J’s 2002 Ranger he calls Rangerunner, is a great example of a 1998-2011 Ford Ranger build. The Ranger had belonged to his late father-in-law, and was given to Scotty by his wife. His wife told him to do whatever he wanted to with the truck, so Scotty began modifying it. Scotty bought a set of […]

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RaceRanger97’s Ford Ranger
RaceRanger97's Ford Ranger

RaceRanger97’s Ford Ranger

Filed in 1993-1997 Ford Ranger 2WD, 2WD Off-Road, Off-Road Racing by on December 1, 2017 • views: 3697

As the owner of The Ranger Station, I’ve had the occasion to watch member vehicles transform over the years. Sometimes you can see a members skills grow and develop as their vehicle transforms. One of those members is ‘RaceRanger97’ (Alec Navarro) of Fresno California. Alec first shared his RaceRangers Build in our forum in July of […]

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The Stranger – 2000 Ford Ranger
The Stranger - 2000 Ford Ranger

The Stranger – 2000 Ford Ranger

Filed in 1998-2011 Ford Ranger 2WD by on November 30, 2017 • views: 3637

Owner: Pascal Barone IV Vehicle: 2000 Ford Ranger Hometown: Metairie, LA From the owner; Now let’s get down to business shall we. This little ol’ minitruck has done very well by me since its completion and I’m thankful you’re taking your time to find out more about the history and story as I tell it. […]

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1985 351C Ford Ranger
1985 351C Ford Ranger

1985 351C Ford Ranger

Filed in 1983-1988 Ford Ranger 2WD by on November 23, 2017 • views: 5705

By Edward Kohler This 1985 Ford Ranger was a suggestion by my father (r.i.p.). He said “Why don’t you put a small block in one of those Rangers?” At first I was like, “No way.” I didn’t have the confidence to take on such a project. I wasn’t even aware that things like that could […]

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Jody Treadway’s 1999 Ford Ranger
Jody Treadway’s 1999 Ford Ranger

Jody Treadway’s 1999 Ford Ranger

Filed in 1998-2011 Ford Ranger 4x4, Solid Axle Swap (SAS) by on November 22, 2017 • views: 3203

When it comes to a truck with nine lives, none may be a better example than Jody Treadway’s 1999 Ford Ranger. Purchased a little over three years ago in a semi-built but slightly rough condition, it wasn’t until the Carolina Axle and 4×4 shop owner got his hands on it that the truck would really […]

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2002 Ford Ranger SAS FX4
2002 Ford Ranger SAS FX4

2002 Ford Ranger SAS FX4

Filed in 1998-2011 Ford Ranger 4x4, Solid Axle Swap (SAS) by on June 15, 2017 • views: 5242

The amazing Ranger you see here is owned by TRS forum member ‘02Fx4red‘. When he initially purchased the truck, it was just your basic FX4. But the 2002 Ford Ranger FX4 was already a great truck with its 31-spline 8.8-Inch rear axle (with a Torsen differential), with both manual transmission and manual transfer case. Note: […]

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Pro Tour Ford Ranger
Pro Tour Ford Ranger

Pro Tour Ford Ranger

Filed in 1983-1988 Ford Ranger 2WD by on June 15, 2017 • views: 2532

I stumbled upon this 1984 Ranger in an online post that was actually dated 2013. The person was sharing the photos in a thread about pro-touring trucks. The only information he knew, is shared in the box below: A guy from Iowa is selling this truck on a mustang site I’m on, and I love […]

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Darren Parsons Ranger Raptor views: 418

Darren Parsons posted his Ford Ranger project in our forum back in 2012. A lot has changed since then. Like many projects, they are always evolving. Looking at this Ranger, it may be confusing as to what it really is. It started life as a 1993 Ford Ranger. It was updated with fiberglass body panels […]

Ford Ranger Storm Concept views: 1407

If it wasn’t bad enough that Ford told us we weren’t going to get the Ford Ranger Raptor here in the United States, Ford has released a new Ford Ranger concept to add to that frustration. Introduced at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show this week, the Ford Ranger Storm is an off-road pickup concept […]

BDS Ford Ranger X views: 1349

One of the 2019 Ford Ranger concepts that really stood out at the 2018 SEMA show in Las Vegas this year was the ‘Ranger X’ built by BDS Suspension. Project Ranger X takes Ranger’s built-in performance and capability to the next level in the form of this ultimate back-country adventurer. The truck features a custom […]

Jeff Simpson’s Duratech Turbo Ranger views: 1477

One nice thing about meeting with Ford Ranger enthusiasts, is that you never know what you’re going to discovered when you start looking at everyone’s truck. Such was the case when I saw Jeff Simpson’s (dangeranger93) 2001 Ford Ranger at the Dearborn Michigan Meet. At first glance, you may simply think this is just another […]