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March 30th, 2010, 11:40 PM
Hey all, I picked up a new 4x4 today. 05 Ranger XLT...4.0, 4x4, 5 speed. 33k miles. I love it so far! Its bone stock, but its kinda nice to have a simple truck, that is quiet and has plenty of power. My Bronco is loud and with the stock 3.55's and 33's, its a dog.

Best part about it all is, I think I can afford to keep my Bronco too.

Its too dark for pics, but I will post some tomorrow night after work. Stay tuned!

March 31st, 2010, 08:40 AM


March 31st, 2010, 09:43 PM

Yes, the seats are still a bit wet from being detailed. I picked it up last night, right before close. They were detailing it as I signed the papers.


March 31st, 2010, 10:10 PM
Congrats. That's a clean rig.

April 1st, 2010, 03:43 AM
Nice looking ranger and glad to see you got one with the 4.0 so much better than the 3.0.

April 1st, 2010, 03:51 AM
Nice looking Ranger, glad to hear that you might be able to keep the Bronco also...

September 18th, 2011, 09:20 PM
Bit of an update here.

Since the last time I posted in this thread i've put in a couple sound systems and a CB radio. I've taken a couple sound systems out and replaced them with a small one. A single 10 inch Sony Xplode sub and a Kenwood amp. Its small, and convenient. I've also taken the CB out and put it in my Bronco. I will be getting a smaller Cobra CB soon for the Ranger.

I've also gone through a couple different toolboxes. First a black husky. Wasn't low profile, so I replaced that with my current low pro Husky box.

Also put on a 3 inch body lift today. Suspension lifts are just too expensive. Still rolling on the small tires, but in the next 3-4 weeks I will be putting on some Goodyear Kevlar MTR's or Goodyear Duratracs. And of course some new wheels.

Here are a few pics. I know most of you don't like to see your 4x4's clean, but I keep my Ranger that way. My Bronco is my wheeling rig. :lmao:

First system...much to big.
Lift going on
Few things to finish up, but most of the work all done

September 18th, 2011, 09:53 PM
How long till ya start workin on that one?

September 18th, 2011, 09:54 PM
Looks good with the lift! Excited to see it with the new wheels and tires!

September 18th, 2011, 11:40 PM
Start working on what one? LOL

September 18th, 2011, 11:43 PM
Missed the part where ya said ya put a 3" body lift on it. The other stuff don't count. Tunes are a necessity not an option.

September 19th, 2011, 06:39 AM
What are you doing wit the old subs, i have been wanting some.

September 19th, 2011, 10:14 AM
I actually originally bought the two 12's for my Bronco, before I bought the Ranger. Then when I started DDing the Ranger, I wanted a better system but could not afford to buy another. So I transferred the subs over to my Ranger.

Now the 2 12's are back where they belong, in my Bronco haha.

September 19th, 2011, 06:15 PM
What size tires are you gonna run?

September 20th, 2011, 01:23 AM
I have someone from another forum who is interested in trading his 265x75x16 BFG AT's with 8/32nds tread for my 255x70x16 Goodyear RT/S's with 12/32nds. So his have about 50% tread, and mine have 75ish. Not sure if i'm going to do it or not. Might be worth it to run them for a few months, until I can save for some tires/wheels I want. On the other hand, I can just buy what I want in a few weeks, and sell this current tire/wheel setup for a good chunk of change. Any thoughts?

If I buy new, i'm going new 15x8 wheels. Thinking just some basic, but good looking, Micky Thompson classic 2's.

Also debating on tires. I'm leaning towards some Goodyear Kevlar MTR's or the Goodyear Duratracs. Not sure if I really want MT's. But they will be in a 33x12.50 size.

I also am wanting to do some dual exhaust on it. Probably going to go with the Flowmaster Super 44 muffler.

After I get tires, i'll have to decide on what I want to do with that stock tire hanging down. Along with the mud flaps and side steps. Only problem is, the mud flaps have sort of gouged a line in the paint.

I also want a headache rack. LOL

September 20th, 2011, 08:09 PM
Goodyear Kevlar MTR's
Thats a great tire, had them on a jeep and they where great!

September 21st, 2011, 06:24 AM
Congrats! I just got rid of my rear wheel Ranger, I loved it! It got killer highway miles (like 23), and was a blast to drive in the mountains! Just...not off road or in snow.

Enjoy :)

October 29th, 2011, 04:40 PM
Well, got some 33's and new wheels on her today. 15x8 MB 72's and 33x12.50 Duratracs


October 29th, 2011, 10:07 PM
What're ya doin' with the old tires?

October 29th, 2011, 10:26 PM
Nice looking ride! The 33's will ride well enough. As nice as it is to have a full size, you are going to love what this truck will do!

October 29th, 2011, 11:11 PM

Old tires are still mounted on the stock 16 inch stock "teardrop" wheels. Have centercaps and lugnuts to go with. They will be sold as a package.

October 30th, 2011, 06:03 AM
That is looking good. Nice size tire for the Ranger, too.

October 30th, 2011, 11:45 AM
Looks great!

October 30th, 2011, 03:45 PM

October 30th, 2011, 10:49 PM
Old tires are still mounted on the stock 16 inch stock "teardrop" wheels. Have centercaps and lugnuts to go with. They will be sold as a package.

Forgot they're 16" and Ford/Jeep pattern. Nevermind, they won't work for the wife's S-10 Blazer.

October 31st, 2011, 02:43 PM
Great looking ranger!!! Super clean!!

November 1st, 2011, 12:22 AM
James that right there is a huge improvement, looks aggressive now!

November 1st, 2011, 03:02 AM
Thanks guys. I'm loving it!

December 10th, 2011, 08:14 PM
For you Ranger enthusiasts...you'll appreciate this little upgrade. Can anyone point it out? Sean?


Also took off the step sides to paint them up. Deciding if I should leave them off.


December 10th, 2011, 08:32 PM
FX4 lvl II shifter? Keep the side steps off it looks way better.

December 10th, 2011, 08:45 PM
Yes sir, good eye.

It does look better from those angles. However, from the side I believe it looks worse. Way too much frame showing from the body lift. And the frame needs painted, bad. I'll probably put the steps back on after I paint them up.

December 10th, 2011, 11:46 PM
Maybe ditch the steps and build some strong rocker guards that bolt or weld to the frame and go the full distance between the tires. :rolleyes:

December 11th, 2011, 01:02 AM
Maybe ditch the steps and build some strong rocker guards that bolt or weld to the frame and go the full distance between the tires. :rolleyes:


December 11th, 2011, 01:26 AM
As lame as it sounds, I have no intention of wheeling this truck haha. This is strictly DD status.

I'd like to save some money up to get some armor on my Bronco.

If I can find a set of step sides off of the newer Rangers, i'll go that route.

December 11th, 2011, 09:36 AM
James I did catch that upgrade and I like it, Shayne beat me to it on here. Leave the steps off it looks a lot cleaner that way.

December 11th, 2011, 12:46 PM
As lame as it sounds, I have no intention of wheeling this truck haha. This is strictly DD status.

I'd like to save some money up to get some armor on my Bronco.

If I can find a set of step sides off of the newer Rangers, i'll go that route.

You could get some Trail-Gear sliders and have em poke out a little more, to use as steps. Then it's the best of both worlds

January 1st, 2012, 10:47 AM
FX4 lvl II shifter? Keep the side steps off it looks way better.

What is a level II shifter and how is it different?

January 1st, 2012, 01:53 PM
Here is the "stock" shifter.


You can compare to the lvl2 shifter in my pic above. The FX4 lvl2 is just a model Ford came out with...kind of like XLT. They had the upgraded shifter...it looks better and has a slight bend to it. Its mostly just for looks...

February 19th, 2012, 01:39 AM
Picked up a grill/brush guard for cheap today from another Ranger owner. I was real happy when I put it on...but after looking at my previous pics of how clean the truck is without it...i'm kinda second guessing it. I don't know, tomorrow i'll clean the truck up and see how I feel.

I had to trim the valence a bit to get it to fit so i'll have to get a new valence if I want to take it off. Plus after looking at these pics it looks like it can be raised up an inch or two more.

http://i464.photobucket.com/albums/rr4/96blkbeauty/425080_928539782092_42102261_39267289_882171103_n. jpg

February 25th, 2012, 08:58 PM
http://i464.photobucket.com/albums/rr4/96blkbeauty/424643_934491330142_42102261_39289309_1233861793_n .jpg
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February 25th, 2012, 09:01 PM
VEEERY Nice Truck!!!!!!

February 25th, 2012, 11:05 PM

February 26th, 2012, 12:03 AM
I think the pics are awesome, it's a very clean and nice truck! Leave burshguard on!

February 26th, 2012, 11:47 AM
Leave burshguard on!
looks good I would leave it too

February 29th, 2012, 06:47 PM
Leaveit on. Looks sweet

March 28th, 2012, 02:32 AM
Put an exhaust on last week. Went with a flo pro super v muffler, single in, dual out to 2 4" chrome tips. Sounds great. I'm very pleased.

Also bought an XCAL2 and loaded a LaSota Racing 91 Performance tune. The exhaust and tune really made a difference. The truck almost feels like it did before the tires and wheels.


I swear...just a few more small things (gap guards, set of Hella's, maybe a CB) and i'm done modding this one for awhile. Then my attention and money is going towards my Bronco so I can wheel with you all this summer.

March 28th, 2012, 10:16 AM
Nice James, need a video of the sound now!

March 28th, 2012, 10:36 AM
I took one, but its crappy because of the wind and I got the camera too close. But here it is.

http://i464.photobucket.com/albums/rr4/96blkbeauty/th_SDC11074.jpg (http://s464.photobucket.com/albums/rr4/96blkbeauty/?action=view&current=SDC11074.mp4)

March 28th, 2012, 09:58 PM
That is a super clean, mean looking little truck! It looks new, only better. Nice job.

March 30th, 2012, 02:56 PM
that is one nice ranger

May 6th, 2012, 09:35 PM
http://i464.photobucket.com/albums/rr4/96blkbeauty/th_SDC11100.jpg (http://s464.photobucket.com/albums/rr4/96blkbeauty/?action=view&current=SDC11100.mp4)
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May 17th, 2012, 10:37 PM
Whats up with the brush guard man

May 18th, 2012, 07:01 AM
Whats up with the brush guard man

It is a D.D., it is a people guard :)
Nice Ranger James! Can't wait to see you build your Bronco! or you can always wheel the Ranger, looks fairly ready to me :).

May 18th, 2012, 01:32 PM
Picked the brushguard up for cheap. Its mounted a few inches too low. Should be moved up. The previous owner drilled new holes in the wrong spot after the body lift. But overall its not really too noticeable. I like it on there...for now.

May 18th, 2012, 01:56 PM
looks great!!! Nice truck

September 12th, 2012, 06:50 PM

March 25th, 2013, 04:45 PM
Not a whole lot to report. Put a CB in it. Have a nice set of Hella 500's I need to mount on the brush guard or behind the grill. Need to get that done

Plans for this for the summer:
Wire up the dang 3rd break light on the topper as well as some interior topper lights.
06+ Ranger side mirrors
06+ Ranger Badges
Set of sliders
Maybe some LED's on the inside to brighten it up a bit
Also maybe a set of HID's for the headlights and fogs
"Alon" mount for the CB antenna

I'm also really missing the look of the truck without the topper. But the topper is so useful! Especially during camping season. Here are a few shots up at my buddies land in Wyoming...right near Lake Hattie.

And a few from this winter


March 25th, 2013, 06:00 PM
lots a lot better with the 33s!

June 5th, 2013, 12:15 AM
http://i464.photobucket.com/albums/rr4/96blkbeauty/IMG_0020.jpg (http://s464.photobucket.com/user/96blkbeauty/media/IMG_0020.jpg.html)

June 5th, 2013, 12:16 AM
http://i464.photobucket.com/albums/rr4/96blkbeauty/IMG_0003.jpg (http://s464.photobucket.com/user/96blkbeauty/media/IMG_0003.jpg.html)

June 7th, 2013, 08:00 AM
Sweet man! Lookin good!

October 13th, 2013, 10:56 PM
Dipped my wheels today. Wanted to see how it looked with black wheels. Plus it will be good protection for the winter. I'll peel it off after winter.

http://i464.photobucket.com/albums/rr4/96blkbeauty/20131013_174706.jpg (http://s464.photobucket.com/user/96blkbeauty/media/20131013_174706.jpg.html)
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Also, took it wheeling for the first time a few months back. This was up in Wyoming.

http://i464.photobucket.com/albums/rr4/96blkbeauty/20130831_175744.jpg (http://s464.photobucket.com/user/96blkbeauty/media/20130831_175744.jpg.html)
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October 13th, 2013, 10:59 PM
Looks good with black wheels, but then again I'm partial to black rims.

The StRanger
October 13th, 2013, 11:01 PM
I like them !!

March 15th, 2014, 02:43 AM
Finally put some KC's on my grill guard. 100W Daylighters.

I need new covers...because the yellow smiley faces aren't my style. I'll get better pics after I clean the truck up this weekend.

http://i464.photobucket.com/albums/rr4/96blkbeauty/1743737_10100646702155912_1179948727_n.jpg (http://s464.photobucket.com/user/96blkbeauty/media/1743737_10100646702155912_1179948727_n.jpg.html)
http://i464.photobucket.com/albums/rr4/96blkbeauty/1962703_10100646702091042_1643482954_n.jpg (http://s464.photobucket.com/user/96blkbeauty/media/1962703_10100646702091042_1643482954_n.jpg.html)
http://i464.photobucket.com/albums/rr4/96blkbeauty/1948093_10100646702125972_732871996_n.jpg (http://s464.photobucket.com/user/96blkbeauty/media/1948093_10100646702125972_732871996_n.jpg.html)
http://i464.photobucket.com/albums/rr4/96blkbeauty/1896842_10100646702111002_1307567695_n.jpg (http://s464.photobucket.com/user/96blkbeauty/media/1896842_10100646702111002_1307567695_n.jpg.html)

March 15th, 2014, 08:30 AM
My day lighters are nice. I got some clear covers for mine. I like clear because I can turn them on whenever I want and not have to get out to remove the covers first. I'm probably going to supplement them with a flood light of some kind too. The Daylighters are good spot lights, but at low speeds on the trail, you need to area right in front of you lit up- and spots don't do that very well.

There was also a guy on the Explorerforum selling vinyl covers with all kinds of custom designs.

March 16th, 2014, 07:06 AM
James how you been, haven't seen you around in a while, I like the Daylighters and may put them back on the Bronco. Ranger is looking good by the way.
Tom where did you get clear covers for your Daylighters?

March 16th, 2014, 08:13 AM
I got my clear covers at Pep Boys.

March 16th, 2014, 10:02 AM
Wow, I need to get me a pair of those. When I got the grill guard, it had some on it, but they were shot. Not worth fixing or anything. Where did you get the Daylighters and how much where they?

March 16th, 2014, 10:09 AM
KC lights have a 23 year warranty. I've heard of people buying them used with no receipt and sending them back to be refurbished.

I think I got my lights and covers at Pep Boys. I wasn't finding them much cheaper online and I think they marked down at PB.

March 16th, 2014, 10:17 AM
Excellent. If you would have seen the lights that came with the grill guard, I do believe you wouldn't have bothered with them either. They were beat beyond recognition. I don't know if they were KC lights or not, but they looked similar.

March 16th, 2014, 07:32 PM
Sean, i'm doing well. Living over off of 120th and Claude Ct in Northglenn...have been for the last year. But my lease is up March 31st. I just signed a lease today for an apartment over near Flatirons mall in Broomfield.

Sold the Bronco in June (you probably know that). I miss it, no doubt...but I've been keeping busy enough that I don't think about it much.

I got the KC's at Autozone for 110 bucks.

The StRanger
March 16th, 2014, 10:15 PM
120th and Claude Ct
Your up there by Clyde & allen ?

March 17th, 2014, 12:01 AM
Are those street names or members? LOL

The StRanger
March 17th, 2014, 08:28 AM
Are those street names or members? LOL

The two starting members of Lunatic 4x4