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Old May 2nd, 2010, 07:46 PM   #1
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Default Considering buying a 94 Ranger 3.0 - what to watch out for?

Wow - its been a long time since I've been on this board...guess that's because my oldest son took over the Jeep... but, its time for a first car for my youngest. Currently considering a 94 Ranger 3.0, 4x4, 5 speed manual, Extended cab. 134,000 miles. I have not looked at it in person yet - but hope to tomorrow night. Are there any common problem areas I need to watch out for on this truck?

According to the seller it has had a variety of work done within the last 2 to 3 years - new upper and lower ball joints, clutch, rear end was swapped to a lower mile used unit, front wheel bearings replaced. I think he mentioned the lock out hubs were swapped to a manual hub.

This would NOT be a hard core wheeling truck - more of a daily driver for the kid to use when he heads off to college etc, but I am sure would see some off road use. (chances are he will go to NMU which is where his big brother is beating up his Jeep).

If we go this route, I am sure I will have lots of questions about some smaller lift kits, tire sizes etc.

So - any suggestions, warnings of what to watch out for etc. would be appreciated.!

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Old May 3rd, 2010, 01:20 AM   #2
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Check the leaf spring mounts in the back. Make sure they are not rotted out. We bought a ranger and found out the hard way that the front mounts on both sides were rusted through and needed to be replaced.

The only other thing was the slave cylinder needed to be replaced and that also is a common problem.
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check the leaf spring mounts in the back. Make sure they are not rotted out. We bought a ranger and found out the hard way that the front mounts on both sides were rusted through and needed to be replaced.

The only other thing was the slave cylinder needed to be replaced and that also is a common problem.
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I forgot to add... if it has automatic hubs... they will NEED to be changed to manual. The auto hubs on the 93-97 suck donkey dick and need to be changed. Use that to your advantage if you really want to buy the truck and get it cheap because of all the work that will be need to be done.



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I re-read the post and now remember why I didn't say anything about the hubs, you mentioned they were done.
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What to watch out for? LOL, getting rear ended! The Vulcan wasn't nicknamed the 3-point-slow by accident.

Seriously - those are great little trucks and would be perfect for what you're looking for. Fuel economy could be better - you'll get 4.0L mpg with 3.0L power, but it is a bulletproof motor.

Also (IMHO) lifting a ford TTB 4WD is expensive to do right and keep the vehicle safe to drive - you basically end up moving all the mounting points down the same amount you want to go up. Just putting taller springs in will fawk with the camber/caster and ruin it for a daily driver.
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