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Building an orchard work truck.


bent-grill

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Vehicle Year
1996
Make / Model
Ranger XLT 4x4
Transmission
Automatic
Bought a '96 xlt 4.0 auto 4x4 a few months back and have been taking care of basic maintenance issues and getting used to the truck. I replaced the heater core, changed all my fluids and filters, and plugged a leak or two. Most recently I installed a set of warn manual hubs and thankfully the entire 4WD system works like a champ. I had never had a 4x4 truck before so I found a muddy spot I had gone through before and flogged it a little without issue. Now I plan on kitting it out for orchard duty. It needs better tires, I nearly got stuck on wet grass https://photos.app.goo.gl/buREkKc5KqocVkXq8 , I have a set of black steel 15"x8" wheels and plan on a set of 31" falken wildpeaks. Those and the manual hubs should keep me out of trouble while I save for a rear-torsen front-lunchbox setup. Other than that I'll need a tree dragging winch and a headache bar, maybe a rack, and that will about do it. She is already a great truck, I just need to get all four wheels putting down power.
 


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Josh B

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Ford Ranger
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That truck's in good shape for a 96
 

truckfan

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Nice truck! Looks like the exterior and interior are well-maintained.
 

Ramcharger90

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Most of the orchard trucks near me are f150's with the roof cut off and a wood bed lol
 


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