2011 Ranger XLT 4X4 - "Business Casual"


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Will update a more complete version of intro. But for now:


I promised myself I wouldn't do a build thread for the 2011 I just picked up.

I failed.


So. KaP was not going through another winter. Had two failed attempts with a winter vehicle, a 2000 Accord (borderline unreliable) and a 2011 F350 6.2 (unreliable, undrivable, and single digit fuel economy with a 80 mile commute 7 days a week). Work needs are changing, and i needed something in good cosmetic shape as im visiting client offices now.

My 88 Ranger is my favorite vehicle ive ever owned. So. Back to basics. Get a ranger, dummy. Its everyrhing youre familiar with, you love the platform, and you know them better than any other vehicle nowadays.

It was a close call, though. Ranger won out in the end against an awd mini Cooper clubman JCW.

Went through hell finding what I wanted, but settled on a truck I passed over at first. Picked up a 2011 XLT 4.0 SOHC 4WD. Black, CLEAN little truck. Lots I love, a few things that are just awful.



I promised myself I wouldn't **** with it.

I failed again.



Since this is a work vehicle, but has to stay nice, im keeping things to a minimum. Modifications are going to stricly stay towards a nicely apportioned 4wd street truck, and a very mild build overall. Something.that's not flashy or Technicolor paint and rust. So, the name "Busniess Casual" seemed appropriate.


To Do:

Headers
Exhaust
Banshee supercharger
Tuner
Duff Traction bars
Tonneau cover
Line X
Torsen/limited slip diff
Center console
Hurst shifter
Mustang / heat dispersing diff cover
Intercooler
Water/methanol injection
Catch can
Focus/better seats
Much wider tires - something to handle pavement and dirt roads at high speed


Open to suggestions, but to me, that seems like a button down and Duluth khakais kind of truck.


Done

Bilstien monotube shocks
AFE intake
Led lights
Stubby antenna
Moog front sway bar links & poly bushings
2wd Bronco II Rear Sway Bar & poly bushings
Accel coil pack
#1 torsion bars
Rough Country leveling keys
1750# leaf springs
1" shackle lift
 
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I actually cracked up over this. Good one ?

I consider it "minimum" due to no fabrication work needed

Save for the raw cast plenum they sent. A machine shop offered to "finish" it for $600

"Finishing" work in this case is drilling 10 holes and sanding the flanges flat.

I hate machine shops.

The banshee kits are on clearance on eBay. Get you one!
 
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I don't count birthday's anymore...just happy to be looking down at the ground instead of looking up
It's hard to keep from messing with these trucks, especially when you find a clean/pristine rig. When I got my low mileage 2009 I vowed to keep it stock, but that vow only lasted a few weeks.
Can't believe it's been almost a year, and I look at the receipts I have accumulated and just am amazed at what one can spend on a "few mods".
Enjoy your new truck, and the "minimum" things your going to do to it.
If your interested in paperwork, and your 2011 didn't come with the window sticker, go to Monroney Lables. You enter your trucks info and vin, and they provide the original window sticker
in a printable form. Cost is around 8 bucks. Did mine and the OE sticker shows all the info, stock and options it came with, even incentives at the time.
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Where did you get that?

Also, what is the doom buggy on the left?
Core shifters also makes M5OD shifters with Hurst levers, not sure how they compare pricewise with a regular Hurst though.
 

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Core shifters also makes M5OD shifters with Hurst levers, not sure how they compare pricewise with a regular Hurst though.
About $100 cheaper. No.idea what the difference between the two are, though.
 

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Where did you get that?

Also, what is the doom buggy on the left?
I made that. It was a bolt and a piece of flat stock from tractor supply.

Thats a 2.3L mustang dirt track car raced at Linda's speedway. I forget what class it is though.
 

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I can't judge since I can't leave mine stock either. So many plans, so little money...
 

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Re-worked a junkyard shifter into this. Good enough until I get a Hurst. Was getting tired of leaning over the steering wheel to grab third and fifth.

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I built my stick out of Ranger and Dakota parts. Ranger base bolts to the factory stub and the stick itself is from a Dakota. Knob threads onto a 3/8-16 set screw. Best pic I have at the moment.
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Made with Yooper Steel from the mines of Iron Mountain. ?
 

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Hey! 5-8 PSI classifies as "minimum" :derisive:

A Turbo might be even cheaper & whistles at everyone behind you. The local auto mart has turbos in the $325-500 range with blowoffs attached. Special new kinds of Chinesium from the Chairman himself's private reserve.
 


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