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

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: 1821

  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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Recent Articles #2

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: 2124

(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: 2379

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: 1441

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: 1534

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: 2846

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: 1538

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: 1491

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: 2499

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: 2744

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: 1492

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: 1309

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: 1146

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: 899

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: 1789

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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Cummins 4BT Ranger
Cummins 4BT Ranger

Cummins 4BT Ranger

Filed in 1983-1988 Ford Ranger 4x4, Diesel Power, Solid Axle Swap (SAS) by on June 14, 2017 • views: 3361

This 1988 Ford Ranger 4×4 is owned and built by Rich Dunning of Smyrna, DE. Here is a break down of the vehicle as provided by Rich: Engine: 1999 Cummins 4BTA Turbo Diesel (pulled from a commercial box truck) (Cummins 4BTA Turbo Diesel) (All cleaned up and painted) Transmission & Transfer Case: 1988 Ford F150 […]

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Darren Parsons Ranger Raptor views: 450

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: 1419

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: 1357

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: 1489

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 […]