Off-Road Racing

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Darren Parsons Ranger Raptor
Darren Parsons Ranger Raptor

Darren Parsons Ranger Raptor

Filed in 1993-1997 Ford Ranger 2WD, 2WD Off-Road, Ford Ranger Raptor, Off-Road Racing by on December 1, 2018 • views: 3653

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 […]

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Recent Articles #2

Chuck Johnson
Chuck Johnson

Chuck Johnson

Filed in Off-Road Racing by on June 4, 2018 • views: 2978

Last month I wrote a tribute to legendary off-road Ford Ranger desert racer Many Esquerra. This month I wanted to pay tribute to another legendary Ford Ranger desert racer, Chuck Johnson. While Chuck may not have had all of the fame from doing Ford Ranger commercial and print ads, he still logged a lot of […]

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Tribute to Manny Esquerra
Tribute to Manny Esquerra

Tribute to Manny Esquerra

Filed in 1989-1992 Ford Ranger 4x4, 2WD Off-Road, Off-Road Racing by on April 11, 2018 • views: 5225

One of the greatest off-road racing legends, and Ford Ranger drivers, was Manny Esquerra. He died of a heart attack at the age of 64, while driving 1400-class Trick Truck #18 in the BlueWater Resort & Casino – Best in the Desert Parker 425 on February 2, 2008. Other drivers and co-riders listed included Tracy […]

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RaceRanger97’s Ford Ranger
RaceRanger97's Ford Ranger

RaceRanger97’s Ford Ranger

Filed in 1993-1997 Ford Ranger 2WD, 2WD Off-Road, Off-Road Racing by on December 1, 2017 • views: 4555

As the owner of The Ranger Station, I’ve had the occasion to watch member vehicles transform over the years. Sometimes you can see a members skills grow and develop as their vehicle transforms. One of those members is ‘RaceRanger97’ (Alec Navarro) of Fresno California. Alec first shared his RaceRangers Build in our forum in July of […]

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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: 2036

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: 1268

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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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: 1138

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: 1585

  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: 1460

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: 1743

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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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: 1608

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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PetesPonies 1983 Ford Ranger views: 937

This 1983 Ford Ranger is the creation of forum member PetesPonies. It was originally brown and tan with a worn out interior, suspension, and brakes. The engine had been replaced, but the wiring was a mess. Pete completely redid the interior, stripped the brown/tan paint, and used a 1965 Ford Tropical Turquoise and Wimbledon White […]

SVT3773’s 1989 Ford Ranger views: 1603

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: 2038

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: 4560

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 […]