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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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: 3983

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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Recent Articles #2

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: 6856

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: 3012

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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1997 Ford Ranger 4×4 – Ranch Ranger
1997 Ford Ranger 4x4 - Ranch Ranger

1997 Ford Ranger 4×4 – Ranch Ranger

Filed in 1993-1997 Ford Ranger 4x4 by on June 15, 2017 • views: 2218

  This 1997 Ford Ranger 4×4 is owned by Andy Waters of Moorpark, California. Its tube frame was built by Weitzel Motorsports of Santee, California. Additional work was done by Stewart Raceworks of El Cajon along with Unique Metal of Oceanside, California. The final work was done by Roper Design of Ventura, California, and utilizes […]

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PlumCrazy’s 1995 Ford Ranger 4×4
PlumCrazy's 1995 Ford Ranger 4x4

PlumCrazy’s 1995 Ford Ranger 4×4

Filed in 1993-1997 Ford Ranger 4x4 by on June 15, 2017 • views: 2649

(2014 TRS Off-Road Truck Of The Year) One of the most capable off-road rigs at The Ranger Station is this 1995 Ford Ranger 4×4 owned by Seth Schacht (aka ‘PlumCrazy’). This truck is such an impressive off-road rig, that it was awarded Off-Road Truck Of The Month twice, and Off-Road Truck Of The Year once. […]

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Salvatore Bruno’s 1994 ‘Sit N Low’ Ford Ranger Splash
1994 'Sit N Low' Ford Ranger Splash

Salvatore Bruno’s 1994 ‘Sit N Low’ Ford Ranger Splash

Filed in 1993-1997 Ford Ranger 2WD by on June 15, 2017 • views: 3153

The photo above of this clean blue Ford Ranger pops up quite a bit on the internet. It really is a clean looking custom Ford Ranger with an aggressive stance. We wanted to share it here with other Ford Ranger enthusiasts so they could get a better look at it. Suspension: (4) Firestone airbags (6) […]

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Too Sloww 1997 Ford Ranger
Too Sloww 1997 Ford Ranger

Too Sloww 1997 Ford Ranger

Filed in 1993-1997 Ford Ranger 2WD by on June 15, 2017 • views: 1766

This 1997 Ford Ranger owned by ‘Uncle Fester’ is a beautiful example of a customized truck. Don’t think this is another mini truck that was purchased used and given a new life. The owner bought this truck new in 1997, took it home, and started taking it apart. The truck became a 14-year project as […]

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Patricio Leguia ‘PatoV6’ 1997 Ford Ranger 4×4
Patricio Leguia 'PatoV6' 1997 Ford Ranger 4x4

Patricio Leguia ‘PatoV6’ 1997 Ford Ranger 4×4

Filed in 1993-1997 Ford Ranger 4x4, Solid Axle Swap (SAS) by on June 15, 2017 • views: 2000

Our Chile forum member Patov6 (Patricio Leguia) is the owner and builder of this 1997 Ford Ranger 4×4. Like most people, Patov6 started out with a stock Ford Ranger with a basic suspension and body lift. But the more he wheeled it, the bigger and tougher he built it. There is an amazing short video […]

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legoms013 2000 Ford Ranger
legoms013 2000 Ford Ranger

legoms013 2000 Ford Ranger

Filed in 1998-2011 Ford Ranger 4x4, Solid Axle Swap (SAS) by on June 15, 2017 • views: 4132

Sometimes there really is more to a truck than meets the eye. Forum member ‘legoms013’s Ford Ranger is a perfect example of that. Looking closely you’ve probably concluded that it’s a newer style Ford Ranger with a front solid axle swap. But would you believe the truck started as this: Yes, that’s the right photo. […]

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Jevon Hebert’s 2000 Ford Ranger
Jevon Hebert's 2000 Ford Ranger

Jevon Hebert’s 2000 Ford Ranger

Filed in 1998-2011 Ford Ranger 2WD by on June 15, 2017 • views: 1973

You couldn’t possibly go to a show and miss this Ford Ranger. It’s paint job screams for attention. Fixated on the graphics as you get closer, you realize that the bright cheerful paint job is loaded with air brushed skulls. This amazing paint job was performed by the talents of BS Kustoms, and Sean Burnley. […]

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1993 Bad Boy Ford Ranger
1993 Bad Boy Ford Ranger

1993 Bad Boy Ford Ranger

Filed in 1993-1997 Ford Ranger 2WD by on June 15, 2017 • views: 1938

This 1993 Ford Ranger “Splash” was built by Nu Design Automotive. It has been featured in magazines and has been a promotional vehicle for BF Goodrich. This truck features: Engine & Transmission: 4.0L V6 with a Vortech Supercharger 5-Speed manual transmission Dynomax Exhaust w/ Custom 5-inch side exit Suspension: Custom Jaguar IRS rear suspension with […]

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Byron McMahon – Ranger#1
Byron McMahon – Ranger#1

Byron McMahon – Ranger#1

Filed in 1989-1992 Ford Ranger 4x4 by on June 15, 2017 • views: 3327

Forum Member Ranger #1 took three years building the truck you see here. His goal was to build a stealthy truck. A truck that would handle great in the desert, but wouldn’t be covered in stickers and scream ‘desert truck’. He did all the fabrication on this truck keeping it low, but built something that […]

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Grunizzle’s 1991 Ford Ranger 4×4
Grunizzle's 1991 Ford Ranger 4x4

Grunizzle’s 1991 Ford Ranger 4×4

Filed in 1989-1992 Ford Ranger 4x4, Solid Axle Swap (SAS) by on June 15, 2017 • views: 3778

I loved the factory color and STX stripes of Grunizzle’s 1991 Ford Ranger 4×4. The combination of the factory colors and the blue James Duff suspension and black wheels makes for a nice looking 4×4. But as you can tell from the lead photo, the truck didn’t stay like that long. The 1991 Ford Ranger […]

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Billy’s (Casper98) Red Sled
Billy's (Casper98) Red Sled

Billy’s (Casper98) Red Sled

Filed in 1998-2011 Ford Ranger 2WD by on June 15, 2017 • views: 1863

Sometimes the nicest customs, don’t look all that custom. They look great, get your attention, but nothing jumps out at you as being ‘custom’. Sometimes you have to look at a vehicle and try to figure out what’s different about it that makes it looks so good. If it’s done right, it’ll all come together […]

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Chris Maurer’s 1989 Ford Ranger
Chris Maurer's 1989 Ford Ranger

Chris Maurer’s 1989 Ford Ranger

Filed in 1989-1992 Ford Ranger 2WD by on June 15, 2017 • views: 1785

This 1989 Ford Ranger is owned by Chris Maurer of Albuquerque, New Mexico. It features a front suspension from a Toyota, and uses air bags with custom mounts. The factory frame rails were replaced with 2×4-inch tubing, and allows the cab to sit 6-inches closer to the ground. The rear suspension is a custom 4-link […]

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Sean Shaw’s Desert Ranger
Sean Shaw's Desert Ranger

Sean Shaw’s Desert Ranger

Filed in 1993-1997 Ford Ranger 2WD, 2WD Off-Road, Off-Road Racing by on June 15, 2017 • views: 1824

Hey everyone, This month we’re featuring Sean Shaw’s 1994 Ford Ranger.  Sean built the truck for high speed off road desert driving.  It’s set up like a pre-runner or what Sean likes to call a trophy truck.  The Ranger is equipped with the factory 4.0-Liter V-6 that has well over 190,000 on the clock that […]

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Not All There Racing
Not All There Racing

Not All There Racing

Filed in 1993-1997 Ford Ranger 4x4, Off-Road Racing by on June 14, 2017 • views: 1190

Recently I had the opportunity to talk to Aaron Matthew-“Air” for short, President of Uconn Off-Road and the owner/driver of Not All There Racing about the 1995 Ford Ranger he’s building to replace the Bronco he races…….. What have you done to the engine? – Stripped and gutted, Ported intake and exhaust ports, engine is on […]

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Bradley’s Old Red Ford Ranger
Bradley's Old Red Ford Ranger

Bradley’s Old Red Ford Ranger

Filed in 1989-1992 Ford Ranger 4x4 by on June 14, 2017 • views: 2396

I saw this truck in our forums with it’s new red paint job and was really impressed by it. I asked the forum member (rangerslim) who owns it if he would send us some pictures and details about the truck. Here is what he wrote ~ Jim Oaks: Well, I guess you could say that […]

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SVT3773’s 1989 Ford Ranger views: 1054

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: 1374

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 […]

BlackBII’s 1989 Ford Ranger 4×4 views: 3688

Forum member BlackBII’s 1989 Ford Ranger 4×4 has been a fascinating build to follow in our forum. To the unobservant eye, it probably looks like a Ford Ranger with nothing more than a lift and larger tires. But there’s so much more to it… The Dana 28 front axle was replaced with a Dana 35 […]

Dana Spicer 2019 Ford Ranger views: 1978

This insane new Ford Ranger lifted on offroad wheels is completely rebuilt and modified by Manuel Garner, Johnny Garner, and Mike James out of DirtCinema. It’s a right-hand drive South African/Australian edition put together for Dana/Spicerparts and Ford, and made its debut at the 2018 SEMA show. The builders had guidelines to build the ultimate […]