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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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: 4496

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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Recent Articles #2

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: 6085

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: 3088

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: 2088

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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BigBlockRanger’s 1986 545 Powered Ranger
BigBlockRanger's 1986 545 Powered Ranger

BigBlockRanger’s 1986 545 Powered Ranger

Filed in 1983-1988 Ford Ranger 2WD by on November 26, 2010 • views: 3976

Although there have been a number of people to stuff a big block Ford in to a Ford Ranger, the first known person to do it at The Ranger Station was forum member BigBlockRanger. He stroked a Ford 460 V8 to 545 cubic inches, and then stuffed it in to his 1986 Ford Ranger. The […]

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Gwaii 1986 Ford Ranger 4×4
Gwaii 1986 Ford Ranger 4x4

Gwaii 1986 Ford Ranger 4×4

Filed in 1983-1988 Ford Ranger 4x4, Solid Axle Swap (SAS) by on November 25, 2010 • views: 3174

One of the most bizarre Ford Rangers to ever show up on The Ranger Station has been this 1986 Ford Ranger 4×4 owned and built by forum member Gwaii. It actually started out as a 2.3L 4-cylinder 2WD Ford Ranger, but by the second day, Gwaii was tired of only having 2WD. He quickly began […]

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Tim Sockness 1998 Ford Ranger
Tim Sockness 1998 Ford Ranger

Tim Sockness 1998 Ford Ranger

Filed in 1998-2011 Ford Ranger 2WD by on November 27, 2009 • views: 3051

Tim Sockness was looking for a lightweight car he could cut up and use as a “Pro Street go-fast car.” He’d been doing so since the ’80s when he saw a Pro Street Duster wobbling down the freeway. “I thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen,” Tim says. So it stayed in his […]

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Ford Ranger Max – Thailand Concept
Ford Ranger Max Concept

Ford Ranger Max – Thailand Concept

Filed in Concept Vehicles by on November 28, 2008 • views: 925

Ranger Max Show Truck Delivers Maximum Capability, Maximum Style and Maximum Impact   High-impact Ranger Max show truck explores future design possibilities for Ford Ranger compact pickup Inspired by power tools and active lifestyle equipment, Ford designers describe Ranger Max’s new look as tough style with power dome and sportsbar as key features Ranger Max amplifies the […]

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Ford 4-Trac Concept Truck
Ford 4-Trac Concept Truck

Ford 4-Trac Concept Truck

Filed in Concept Vehicles by on November 24, 2005 • views: 1068

BANGKOK, Thailand, November 24, 2005 Ford Motor Company today forcefully drove home the importance of Asia, particularly Thailand, to its international plans by staging the world premiere of a stunning concept truck at the Thailand International Motor Expo in Bangkok. Ford Asia Pacific Chief Designer Paul Gibson said the concept, dubbed 4-Trac, is a dynamic […]

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Ford Sport Trac Adrenaline Concept Truck
Ford Sport Trac Adrenaline Concept

Ford Sport Trac Adrenaline Concept Truck

Filed in Concept Vehicles by on March 23, 2005 • views: 1812

This truck was introduced at the New York International Auto Show in New York March 23, 2005. NEW YORK, March 21, 2005 (Ford has put this vehicle on hold 02/03/2006) At a special New York International Auto Show preview event for journalists last week, Director of Advanced Product Creation and Ford Special Vehicle Team (SVT) […]

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Ford Ranger Performance Concept
Ford Ranger Performance Concept

Ford Ranger Performance Concept

Filed in Concept Vehicles by on November 19, 2004 • views: 2200

Las Vegas – Ford Performance Group is spicing things up in the compact performance segment at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas this year. Using personalized body kits, customized interiors and performance-minded engineering, they’ve transformed an otherwise stock Ranger pickup into a showcase of available and affordable modifications. “Individualization is the […]

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2004 Ford Bronco Concept Vehicle
2004 Ford Bronco Concept Vehicle

2004 Ford Bronco Concept Vehicle

Filed in Concept Vehicles by on January 15, 2004 • views: 1196

Ford Bronco Concept: J Mays, Ford Motor Company group vice president, Design and Chief Creative Officer introduces the Ford Bronco Concept Sunday January 4, 2004 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.    Detroit Michigan, January 2004 – The Bronco is back. Unveiled this year at the North American International Auto Show, […]

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2002 Ford Ranger Lightning Bolt
2002 Ford Ranger Lightning Bolt

2002 Ford Ranger Lightning Bolt

Filed in 1998-2011 Ford Ranger 2WD, Concept Vehicles by on March 15, 2003 • views: 2855

Call it trickle down performance. After all the years of attention and engineering paid by Ford to the superb SVT Lightning F-150 muscle truck, some of that high-octane magic has finally reached Ford’s compact pickup in the form of the SVT Lightning Bolt Ranger concept. The idea for the Lightning Bolt Ranger began with Ford […]

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Ford EX Concept Vehicle
Ford EX Concept Vehicle

Ford EX Concept Vehicle

Filed in Concept Vehicles by on May 15, 2001 • views: 1558

  Ford EX: Taking the outfitter line-up to the extreme edge of adventure The Ford EX concept vehicle stakes its claim in the extreme domain of the “No Boundaries” SUV line-up, promising a unique, no-compromise driving experience for the off-road enthusiast and extreme sports authority. “The EX Concept is the farthest extension of the Outfitters […]

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Ford Explorer Sportsman Concept
Ford Explorer Sportsman Concept

Ford Explorer Sportsman Concept

Filed in Concept Vehicles by on January 9, 2001 • views: 1144

DETROIT, Jan. 9, 2001 –  The new Ford Explorer Sportsman concept is designed to fulfill fly anglers’ dreams of finding the calm and unspoiled waters of the perfect, wilderness fishing location. “The Explorer Sportsman builds on the tradition and inherent values of the Ford Explorer and further illustrates innovative ways for us to connect with […]

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1996 Ford Adrenalin Concept Truck
1996 Ford Adrenalin Concept Truck

1996 Ford Adrenalin Concept Truck

Filed in Concept Vehicles by on March 3, 1996 • views: 1351

Almost every pickup truck sold in the U.S. today can be configured as a four-door crew cab. In some cases, a crew cab is the only version you can buy, but it wasn’t long ago that crew cabs were few and far between. The 1996 Ford Adrenalin concept truck helped change that, setting the stage […]

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1994 Ford Ranger Sky Splash Concept
1994 Ford Ranger Sky Splash Concept

1994 Ford Ranger Sky Splash Concept

Filed in Concept Vehicles by on August 21, 1995 • views: 782

The Ford Sky Splash Ranger Super Cab is a ‘down-to-earth concept pickup with high flying additions, such as a customer made hang glider with an auto feed towing/launching winch and easily removed cargo box insert with a built in lockable storage compartment. Video:

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1994 Ford Ranger Sea Splash Concept
1994 Ford Ranger Sea Splash Concept

1994 Ford Ranger Sea Splash Concept

Filed in Concept Vehicles by on August 20, 1995 • views: 767

Water sports lover? This truck…….was for you! The Ford Ranger Sea Splash, a concept vehicle especially for those who find their fun shooting the rapids or canoeing the lakes and rivers across North America. The Ranger Sea Splash was the ideal transporter when the river or the lake beckoned. But when it’s not used to […]

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Jeremy Fitzpatrick’s 1991 Ford Ranger views: 1233

One of the trucks that quickly got everyone’s attention at the 20th Anniversary Trail Ride was Jeremy Fitzpatrick’s 1991 Ford Ranger 4×4. What really surprised many of us is that he actually took the Ranger off-road. We’re glad he brought it out for us to enjoy, and pretty cool to actually see him take it […]

Ford Ranger ‘Trigger’ views: 1883

The French company Arquus presents a new generation of its ALTV (Armored Light Tactical Vehicle) under the name of Trigger. The Trigger is a 4×4 light tactical vehicle based on a Ford Ranger chassis which can be configured for different roles and missions. The Trigger is able to be used as troop’s carrier and logistic […]

The ‘Loan Ranger’ – 2019 Ford Ranger FX4 views: 1922

(Looks like a backdrop, but this photo was really taken in Colorado!) In March 2019, Ford loaned me a 2019 Ford Ranger FX4 to use for 6-months to celebrate 20-years of TheRangerStation.com. Ford allowed me to modify the truck as long as I didn’t drill any holes in it, or permanently mount anything to it. […]

Overland Expo West – 2019 views: 1876

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 […]