Jim Oaks

Jim Oaks

As a Ford Ranger enthusiast who enjoys modifying my Ford Rangers 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.

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

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Overlanding – 2006 Ford Ranger FX4
Overlanding - 2006 Ford Ranger FX4

Overlanding – 2006 Ford Ranger FX4

Filed in 1998-2011 Ford Ranger 4x4, Overlanding by on July 15, 2018 • views: 7576

This 2006 Ford Ranger FX4 based out of Steinbach Manitoba has been set up to overland and explore the beauty that Canada has to offer. It doesn’t take an expensive expedition vehicle to get out and travel. The 2006 Ford Ranger FX4 Level II comes from the factory with 4.10 gears, 8.8-inch rear axle, Torsen limited […]

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Recent Articles #2

1998 Ford Ranger EV
1998 Ford Ranger EV

1998 Ford Ranger EV

Filed in 1998-2011 Ford Ranger 2WD by on July 5, 2018 • views: 6025

Remember the electric powered Ford Ranger? The Ford Ranger EV (Electric Vehicle) is a battery electric vehicle that was produced by Ford. It was produced starting in the 1998 model year through 2002 and is no longer in production. It is built upon a light truck chassis used in the Ford Ranger. A few vehicles […]

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2002 Ford Ranger AKA “The Spicy Pickle”
2002 Ford Ranger AKA "The Spicy Pickle"

2002 Ford Ranger AKA “The Spicy Pickle”

Filed in 1998-2011 Ford Ranger 4x4, Solid Axle Swap (SAS) by on July 1, 2018 • views: 4086

Trying to build a truck that can do everything can be a challenge. Nick Czeczulin’s Ford Ranger looks like it’s a combination of pre-runner and rock crawler. The truck was built by SamCo Fabrication. SamCo Fabrication is Nevada’s premier off-road fabrication shop specializing in off-road racing and rock crawling. The key to safety while retaining interior space is […]

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Decepticon T6 Ranger
Decepticon T6 Ranger

Decepticon T6 Ranger

Filed in 2011-2019 Ford Ranger T6 4X4 by on June 4, 2018 • views: 7663

One of the first things I notice about this 2018 Ford Ranger T6 is a Transformers – Decepticon vibe. The goal of the Decepticon’s was total domination, and this Ford Ranger looks like it’s ready to totally dominate a trail somewhere. Why am I showing you this 2018 Ford Ranger? Because it’s built on the […]

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Chuck Johnson
Chuck Johnson

Chuck Johnson

Filed in Off-Road Racing by on June 4, 2018 • views: 3110

Last month I wrote a tribute to legendary off-road Ford Ranger desert racer Many Esquerra. This month I wanted to pay tribute to another legendary Ford Ranger desert racer, Chuck Johnson. While Chuck may not have had all of the fame from doing Ford Ranger commercial and print ads, he still logged a lot of […]

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Ford Ranger T6 & 46-Inch Tires
Ford Ranger T6 & 46-Inch Tires

Ford Ranger T6 & 46-Inch Tires

Filed in 2011-2019 Ford Ranger T6 4X4 by on May 2, 2018 • views: 4812

I thought I would throw another Ford Ranger T6 in to the mix this month, since they’ll be going in to production here in the U.S. this fall. Based on the headlights, I can see that this is a 2011-2014 Ford Ranger T6 from Thailand. The 2015-2018 Ford Ranger T6 (like we’re getting) has a […]

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Tribute to Manny Esquerra
Tribute to Manny Esquerra

Tribute to Manny Esquerra

Filed in 1989-1992 Ford Ranger 4x4, 2WD Off-Road, Off-Road Racing by on April 11, 2018 • views: 5438

One of the greatest off-road racing legends, and Ford Ranger drivers, was Manny Esquerra. He died of a heart attack at the age of 64, while driving 1400-class Trick Truck #18 in the BlueWater Resort & Casino – Best in the Desert Parker 425 on February 2, 2008. Other drivers and co-riders listed included Tracy […]

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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: 4111

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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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: 4088

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: 8837

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: 9988

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: 4255

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: 8792

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: 11059

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 2011-2019 Ford Ranger T6 4X4 by on January 1, 2018 • views: 4227

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 2011-2019 Ford Ranger T6 4X4 by on January 1, 2018 • views: 7594

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: 7718

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: 4646

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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Overland Expo West – 2019 views: 419

Overland Expo West 2019 – And Why You Should Go To An Overland Expo! I love to travel and discover new areas. I’ve done everything from a random 1-day roadtrip, to a trip that lasted 22-days. These trips always involve me either sleeping in my vehicle, or a tent. There is an amazing sense of […]

PetesPonies 1983 Ford Ranger views: 1464

This 1983 Ford Ranger is the creation of forum member PetesPonies. It was originally brown and tan with a worn out interior, suspension, and brakes. The engine had been replaced, but the wiring was a mess. Pete completely redid the interior, stripped the brown/tan paint, and used a 1965 Ford Tropical Turquoise and Wimbledon White […]

SVT3773’s 1989 Ford Ranger views: 2094

This 1989 Ford Ranger belongs to forum member svt3773. It was voted as Truck Of The Month in 2014, and awarded the 2014 Mini Truck Of The Year by our forum members. Owner: svt3773 Vehicle: 1989 Ford Ranger Specifications: Engine & Transmission: 1997 Ford Explorer 5.0L (306 cid) with a F303 camshaft & MSD ignition […]

‘Fire In The Hole’ Monster Ranger views: 2562

Sometimes bigger can be better. Sometimes you just want to build something ridiculous for the fun of it. Even if it’s not practical to use every day. Forum member ‘parkrangerjeremy’ did just that. He had a 1993 Ford Ranger 4×4 that had a 6-inch lift, 3-inch body lift, and 35-inch Bogger tires, but he wanted […]