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Old October 29th, 2007, 08:10 PM   #1
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Ima jeeper, but my friend has a ranger. He wants to know how much $$$ does it take to convert a manual 4cyl '04 ranger to 4wd
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Old October 29th, 2007, 08:15 PM   #2
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its alot of money with the new rangers. Its almost not worth it imo. That 4 cycl wont do well with bigger tires unless he regears high which will affect his highway speed alot. If he runs smaller tires it would work but id rather sell the truck and buy something with 4x4 and a v6.
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Old October 29th, 2007, 08:22 PM   #3
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its alot of money with the new rangers. Its almost not worth it imo. That 4 cycl wont do well with bigger tires unless he regears high which will affect his highway speed alot. If he runs smaller tires it would work but id rather sell the truck and buy something with 4x4 and a v6.
this is a situation of "you get what your parents give you" He always comes jeeping with me and I turned him onto Jeeps, however, he came home from school one day to find a 2wd bone basic ranger. I do say I envy his MPG, but he wants to keep up somewhat offroad
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Old October 29th, 2007, 08:39 PM   #4
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locker in the rear and some mud tires will greatly improve his rig
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Old October 29th, 2007, 08:41 PM   #5
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I told him i wanted to see that 4cyl turn sand paddles at silver lake. but neways does anyone have a rough estiment
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Old October 29th, 2007, 09:01 PM   #6
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but neways does anyone have a rough estiment
with an '04 that's going to a pretty serious mod anyway you put it. The easiest way is this.

solid axle up front with leaf springs
Some form of a Dana 30 (I'll leave it you/him to figure out which one you want/can afford)
Drivers side pig (see next)
Donor Ranger with the same tranny and with a T-case (will be driver drop) (recheck to make sure engine patterns are the same)
Convert rack and pinion steering to traditional drop pitman arm style

Now obviosly there is lots lots more to this, but the majority of which directly relates to cost and time, and I am especially against building someones rig for them. But with the parts mentioned above are probably the easiest/cheapest to set up, and depending on part selection he can keep his stock rims too (same bolt pattern 5x4.5").

The reason for leafs up front is that you don't have to fab up arms and such, and that there is not much in the way of suitable coil buckets. Older rangers there are (up to and including '97), but not on the newer ones. leaf mounts are easier to fab.

SAS's on rangers are pretty popular, many many have been done. alot will be on older ones but I'm sure you could find some inspiration from them.

I have a particular passion for Rangers, let me know if you have any more questions.

I know I still didn't give an estimate, but literaly with the above mentioned stuff, in all seriousness, could range from nearly free to $1000/$1500+

*edit: Your best bet for now is to get a really strong L/S for the rear or a selectable locker (preferable) and some 31's. Rangers can handle 33's with a 3" lift, either by body or suspension (or you could trim). I've seen a few with 35's with trimming + 3" body lift, though I'd get concerned about turning radius.

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IMO, if you have to ask (which I would assume means you're somewhat concerned with the budget) you probably don't have the $$ to swap.....

1st, it's going to be far easier as well as cheaper in the long run to buy something that started as a 4x4...you can easily break 3 grand on a swap like this - cheap 4x4 vehicles to wheel can be had for much less than that

2nd, as captain ledd stated, thats a very very very general parts list. Consider things like larger tires, wheels (you'll need a different offset then stock), springs, shocks, drive shaft(s), replacement gears for both axles (to push the larger tires), metal for fab work, as well as the tools and skills needed (read money to buy welder/torches or to pay someone to fab)......bottom line is that it can easily cost more than 2500 if you do it right (IMO, right= rebuild both axles fully, since T-case is out atleast take apart and inspect, put in good parts from the start, etc.etc.) and use quality parts.

Possible?? yes. Worth it?? IMO, no, unless you were doing an entire drivetrain swap to go along with it
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Old November 8th, 2007, 03:54 PM   #8
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Ya its definitly not worth the money and time to try and convert a 4cyl ranger. there are plenty of 2wd lifts out there with the popularity for em growing out west, so he should be able to find one cheap, then a set bigger tires and a locker for the rear, and he should be set IMO. thats what i wheeled with for years, you will learn lots of lessons when you wheel that way.
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Old November 27th, 2007, 04:43 PM   #9
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Probably cheaper to go find an older 4x4 ranger, i picked up my 93 for 450 bones, put about 500 into it and it is great. 500 includes ball joints, u joints, steering, alignment, brakes, used 31s and a 3" body lift.
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