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  1. sebastian323

    Trouble installing front spring on 1996 4x4 Ranger - is a spring compressor needed?

    Hello, I am installing a set of leveling springs (+1.5 inches) on my 1996 4x4 Ranger. I currently have managed to extract the old spring. However, I am having trouble slipping the new springs in. So far I have removed the shocks, the sway bar end links, the old coil spring, and the tie rod ball...
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    Swapping a 2007-2011 steering wheel into my 1996 XLT

    So it appears the 2007-11 wheel will bolt up to my 1996 truck. I am wondering if the cruise control buttons/ wiring will be compatible. I read the airbag in the 2007+ trucks are double stage, and that you need to select one of the airbag stages to run in a single stage airbag older truck...
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    Change clutch forks on M50D-R1 without dropping transmission - 1996 XLT

    My friend recently changed the M50D-R2 clutch forks in his 1991 ford f150 by removing an access panel in the cabin. I am wondering if I can do the same on my M50D-R1 in my 1996 xlt 4x4. Also is there much difference in the floor pan between a 1996 2wd and 4x4 ranger extended cab.
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    Cab swap on a 1996 4x4

    I bought a rolled 4x4 1996 ranger for $550 and I am considering buying a new cab at a salvage yard or sourcing a cheap donor truck. Will the RWD extended cab of the same year bolt in ? I imagine i need to port over all the electronics and wiring from the 4x4 cab. My other option is to replace...
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    Afghan National Army Ford Rangers

    Anyone know the details on the rangers provided to the Afghan National Army by the US Government which are now in Taliban hands ? Are the 4x4 or 2WD ? Automatic or manual ? Do they have air conditioning ?
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    Is this clutch releasing properly ? 1996 4.0L 5spd

    My 1996 Ford Ranger XLT 4.0L 5speed manual 4x4 has a lot of trouble changing gears once the engine is on. If the engine is off it will change gears smoothly. Here is a video of the throw-out bearing moving back and forth when the clutch is pressed with the engine off. Do you guys think the...
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    Manual transmission hard to shift when engine is on

    My 1996 Ford Ranger 4x4 Manual (M5OD-R1) is easy to shift when the car is turned off. However, when the car is running it is very difficult to shift. Sometimes in order to get the car into first, I have to go into reverse, then engage first gear. I am guessing the problem is in the clutch...
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    P1151 check engine light - 1996 ranger 4.0 - possible wiring issue

    Hello, my ford ranger has a check engine light with the code P1151 Lack of Upstream Heated Oxygen Sensor Switch - Sensor Indicates Lean - Bank No. 2 This is the only code present. i just changed the driver side pre-catalytic O2 sensor with a brand new bosch unit. The old...
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    1996 Ford Ranger 4x4 Manual Transmission -M5OD-R1 - how tough is this trans ?

    Which transmission does the '96 manual 4x4 ranger have ? ANSWER: M5OD-R1 I am wondering how tough the unit is. Can it handle being launched / burnouts ? What is the maximum torque this unit can handle if another engine was swapped in or if the stock 4.0 was turbocharged. is it common to do swaps...
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    Entered deep water, anything I should be concerned with?

    I have a 1996 manual transmission 4x4 ford ranger 4.0L V6. Last night I attempted to ford a creek, but decided to turn back when the water began to reach the doors and cover the bumper. As I decided to turn back I stalled from letting the clutch go too suddenly. The truck sat in the water with...
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    Front differential leaking, safe to drive in 2WD mode with front hubs unlocked?

    My front differential on my 1996 4.0 4x4 5spd manual ranger xlt is leaking heavily , probably from the pinion seal. Can I leave the front hubs unlocked and 4x4 off and drive around even if the fluid in the front diff is low/empty while I get around to fixing the leak? Also, does transfer case...