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

Looking Back – 1984 Ford Ranger
Looking Back - 1984 Ford Ranger

Looking Back – 1984 Ford Ranger

Filed in 1983-1988 Ford Ranger 2WD by on June 14, 2017 • views: 1769

  1984 Ford Ranger 2WD September 2013 – It’s not to often you find a nice original looking Ranger from the early 80’s. The Ranger shown here showed up recently in the Akron / Canton Ohio Craigslist ads for $3,750.. (Owner claims the 37,053 miles is original) So, the Ranger isn’t actually original. It was […]

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Recent Articles #2

Bryan Smith – TREC Racer C747
Bryan Smith - TREC Racer C747

Bryan Smith – TREC Racer C747

Filed in 1998-2011 Ford Ranger 4x4, Off-Road Racing by on June 14, 2017 • views: 762

Who says off-road racing has to be an expensive hobby?  TREC = Trail Racing Endurance Circuit. TREC is a race help within the Badlands Off-Road Park in Attica Indiana. The 12-mile course traverses sand dunes, woods, hills, mud, water crossings, rocks, and about anything else you could expect to find off-roading in the mid-west. The […]

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Angry Iron’s Rally Ranger
Angry Iron's Rally Ranger

Angry Iron’s Rally Ranger

Filed in 1989-1992 Ford Ranger 2WD, 2WD Off-Road, Off-Road Racing by on June 14, 2017 • views: 1090

  On 05/28/2009 forum member Angry Iron started a build thread on their rally Ranger. I recently followed up to see what had ever become of the rally Ranger. The 1990 Ford Ranger Crew Cab was chosen and will provide ample space while remaining light weight and versatile. The truck was chosen because the parts […]

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Southern Storm Monster Ford Ranger
Southern Storm Monster Ford Ranger

Southern Storm Monster Ford Ranger

Filed in 1983-1988 Ford Ranger 4x4, Off-Road Racing by on June 14, 2017 • views: 1007

One of the most notorious Ford Ranger monster trucks was the Southern Storm Ford Ranger built, owned, and raced by Robbie Giles of Goose Creek South Carolina. The truck featured dual Ford 429 V8’s (you can see the second one under the bed), dual C-6 automatic transmissions, and a 2.5 ton military transfer case. Robbie […]

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Jeff Davis’ Class 7 2003 Ford Ranger
Jeff Davis' Class 7 2003 Ford Ranger

Jeff Davis’ Class 7 2003 Ford Ranger

Filed in 1998-2011 Ford Ranger 2WD, 2WD Off-Road, Off-Road Racing by on June 14, 2017 • views: 1181

After 25 years of treating other people’s race frames, Jeff Davis decided he wanted something more. So when it came time to envision his 2003 Ford Ranger in off-road trim, he saw it as a prerunner–a modified rig he could roll through the desert in, without having to give up the finer things in life […]

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Safari Pacific Exploration Ford Ranger
Safari Pacific Exploration Ford Ranger

Safari Pacific Exploration Ford Ranger

Filed in 1998-2011 Ford Ranger 2WD, 2WD Off-Road, Overlanding by on June 14, 2017 • views: 1857

Travis Schanafelt is a member of The Ranger Station that posts under the name ‘MaoriExpeditions‘. He has a website, www.safaripacific.com.  Travis is probably best known on this forum for his Ranger build that involved shortening the bed and extending the cab on his 2001 Ford Ranger. Travis then added a Flip-Pac camper to the back […]

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Bray Dierker (‘Bray D’) 1996 Ford Ranger 4×4
Bray Dierker ('Bray D') 1996 Ford Ranger 4x4

Bray Dierker (‘Bray D’) 1996 Ford Ranger 4×4

Filed in 1993-1997 Ford Ranger 4x4, Solid Axle Swap (SAS) by on June 14, 2017 • views: 1199

Forum Member ‘Bray D’ and his Ford Ranger is well known amongst our forum members. This well thought out trail rig sees regular trail duty, and Bray and his Ford Ranger even participated in the Petersen-s 4Wheel & Off-Road 2012 Ultimate Adventure. This is how 4Wheel & Off-Road described Bray and his Ford Ranger: Bray […]

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Jim Oaks’ 1996 Ford Ranger 4×4 (TRS-2)
Jim Oaks' 1996 Ford Ranger 4x4 (TRS-2)

Jim Oaks’ 1996 Ford Ranger 4×4 (TRS-2)

Filed in 1993-1997 Ford Ranger 4x4 by on June 14, 2017 • views: 1734

This build-up of this vehicle has been featured in Off-Road Adventures Magazine Update 11/2018: This Ranger is in the process of being rebuilt and given an updated look for our 20th anniversary, and will receive a new patriotic paint scheme. By Jim Oaks The Ranger seen on this page is my 1996 Ford Ranger extended […]

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Jim Oaks’ 1983 Ranger 4×4 (TRS-1)
Jim Oaks' 1983 Ranger 4x4 (TRS-1)

Jim Oaks’ 1983 Ranger 4×4 (TRS-1)

Filed in 1983-1988 Ford Ranger 4x4 by on June 14, 2017 • views: 1874

This is the original TRS-1 Ford Ranger built by The Ranger Station creator Jim Oaks. It started as a red stock 1983 Ford Ranger 4×4 with a 2.8L V-6, and a 5-speed manual transmission. The truck went through various transformations over it’s life. The more it was wheeled, the more things were changed / modified. […]

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Billy Diesel 7.3L Ford Ranger Dually Diesel
Billy Diesel 7.3L Ford Ranger Dually Diesel

Billy Diesel 7.3L Ford Ranger Dually Diesel

Filed in 1998-2011 Ford Ranger 4x4, Solid Axle Swap (SAS) by on June 14, 2017 • views: 2234

Billy Diesel is a member of our forum and has been building this impressive dually Ranger. You would probably never guess that there is a 7.3L turbo diesel lurking under that hood, or that one could even fit in a Ranger, but there’s one living in this Ranger. Billy started out with a 1995 Ranger […]

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1990 Shelby Ford Ranger
1990 Shelby Ford Ranger

1990 Shelby Ford Ranger

Filed in 1989-1992 Ford Ranger 2WD by on November 30, 2016 • views: 2761

Everyone has their own idea on how they want to build their vehicle. We do it because we’re not satisfied with the same old thing that everyone else has. We want something unique – a truck unlike any others. Forum member ‘multiranger’ came across a neglected 1990 Ford Ranger shortbed with a 2.3L 4-banger, and […]

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Ford78’s 1999 Ford Ranger SAS 4×4
Ford78's 1999 Ford Ranger SAS 4x4

Ford78’s 1999 Ford Ranger SAS 4×4

Filed in 1998-2011 Ford Ranger 4x4, Solid Axle Swap (SAS) by on November 30, 2016 • views: 2666

Seeing a 1998-2011 Ford Ranger converted to a solid front axle (SAS) isn’t all that rare, but it is rare to see one that’s been done with front leaf springs. When forum member Ford78 built this 1999 Ford Ranger 3.0L 4×4, he decided to swap in a Dana 44 and use Rancho 44044 front leaf springs. […]

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Badkarma 2001 Ford Ranger SAS 4×4
Badkarma 2001 Ford Ranger SAS 4x4

Badkarma 2001 Ford Ranger SAS 4×4

Filed in 1998-2011 Ford Ranger 4x4, Solid Axle Swap (SAS) by on November 24, 2016 • views: 1841

One of the most visually appealing Ford Ranger’s to show up in our forums has been Badkarma’s 2001 Ford Ranger Edge. The 2001 was the first year for the newer 207 horsepower 4.0L engine, but the SLA front 4WD axle has its limits. Badkarma overcame that by swapping in a Dana 44 solid front axle, […]

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Hagan’s 1985 Ford Ranger 4×4
Hagan's 1985 Ford Ranger 4x4

Hagan’s 1985 Ford Ranger 4×4

Filed in 1983-1988 Ford Ranger 4x4, Solid Axle Swap (SAS) by on November 25, 2015 • views: 2395

The first generation of Ford Rangers (1983-1988) are becoming more scarce. It’s nice to find some nice well built 4×4’s still in use. This 1986 Ford Ranger 4×4 belongs to Hagan, but I’ll let him tell the story; Here is my 1986 Ranger I bought a couple years ago. It was stock and broken. Had […]

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CrazyWhiteBoy 1997 Ford Ranger 4×4 SAS
CrazyWhiteBoy 1997 Ford Ranger 4x4 SAS

CrazyWhiteBoy 1997 Ford Ranger 4×4 SAS

Filed in 1993-1997 Ford Ranger 4x4, Solid Axle Swap (SAS) by on November 27, 2011 • views: 1237

This 1997 Ford Ranger 4×4 is owned by forum member CrazyWhiteBoy. It’s powered by a 4.0L V6 that’s backed by a 5-speed manual transmission and BW1354 manual transfer case. After years of abusing the Dana 35, he decided to upgrade to a full width Dana 44 front with a Ford 9-inch rear. The front axle […]

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Brian Barker’s 1993 Ford Ranger
Brian Barker's 1993 Ford Ranger

Brian Barker’s 1993 Ford Ranger

Filed in 1993-1997 Ford Ranger 4x4, Off-Road Racing, Solid Axle Swap (SAS) by on November 27, 2010 • views: 1017

Brian Barker’s 1993 Ford Ranger – 2010 Top Truck Challenge   Results – Finished 7th overall after battling with transmissions problems. Finished 1st in Tow Test Finished 3rd in Mud Pit Specifications: Owner name/city: Brian Barker/Plamondon, Alberta, Canada Occupation: Auto parts sales Vehicle model: 1993 Ford Ranger Estimated value: $100,000 Engine/aspiration: Ford 598ci V-8/EFI Transmission: […]

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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 […]