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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Recent Articles #1

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: 3639

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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Recent Articles #2

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: 3651

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: 4628

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: 5901

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: 7105

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: 4946

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: 6636

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: 3339

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: 2202

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: 4344

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: 3366

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: 3285

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: 968

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: 1154

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: 1957

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: 2306

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: 1252

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: 3136

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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RTR 2020 Ford Ranger views: 98

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — With the Ford Mustang RTR and F-150 RTR having solidified their place in the market, RTR Vehicles debuts the new 2020 Ford Ranger RTR, the second pickup truck offering and third Ford vehicle model available for purchase today on rtrvehicles.com and at select Ford dealers globally. The new Ranger RTR is able to be […]

Jeff Conner’s 1994 Ford Ranger 4×4 views: 897

Jeff Conner contacted me through our facebook page, and shared some photos of his 1994 Ford Ranger 4×4. Even with just a quick glance, how can you not like this Ranger riding on a solid front axle and 44-inch tires? Jeff wanted to build a rock crawler on the cheap, so he mounted the Ford […]

Tjin Edition Ford Ranger views: 873

Father and son designers Neil and Collin Tjin are at it again. Their 2019 Ford Ranger Tjin Edition features a wide low street-ready stance. Following up their purple RTR Ford Mustang from the 2018 show, the Tjins were looking to create their unique take on Ranger, going the opposite direction of a lifted Ranger, which […]

Advanced Accessory Concepts Ford Ranger views: 267

The Advance Accessory Concepts Ford Ranger was voted as one of the top ten overland vehicles at the 2019 SEMA show held in Las Vegas. Advanced Accessory Concepts has taken a 2019 Ford Ranger XLT and transformed it into the must-have accessory for exploration. The truck, boasting AFN bumpers, skid plate, rock sliders and Ford […]