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Old October 16th, 2008, 12:44 AM   #1
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I've never been into Fords but My son is getting a B2 for his first vehicle/trail rig. What's a good online resource for these things. Parts/lifts, common mods/problems? Seen a few at the ORP's so I'm guessing they are a decent platform. Any general opinions on them?

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Old October 16th, 2008, 12:47 AM   #2
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broncoii-ranger.com therangerstation.com thats a nice looking b2
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they are a good little rig they go places that you would be amased the part part is the auto tranny they put in them the A4LD and it will tick cause all 2.9's tick
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Probably www.therangerstation.com would be the best that I've heard of (I'm on there quite a bit, but there are a few other sites too). BII's and the 1st/2nd Generation Rangers are essentially the same truck.

What engine and tranny does it have in it?

The only issues that I know of that are specific to the BII's are their frames, they flex an absolute stupid amount for their short wheelbase. Enough so that I've heard it'll seriously destort or even rip out body mounts. I guess that also may depend on how much of it has returned to the earth as well...

Anything in particular you're thinking about upgrading? I'd have to recommend getting at the least a D35 TTB front axle, much, much stronger than the D28, and most will have the larger dual piston brakes. Completely bolt in, same bolt pattern, everything, direct swap - any Ranger or explorer will do, just read the Tech Librarie to make sure you get the right ones. Almost all of them will be, but there's a few rare odd makes during the transition period that you want to keep away from.

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Old October 16th, 2008, 02:02 AM   #5
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What I know so far since I've only had it a couple days and still isn't home yet. We replaced the heater core at the in law's house and got a new set of street tires put on it for now. It's a V6 auto, hatch is loose and rear body mounts are rotten and fallen through. Auto hubs were replaced with manual lockouts. I'd like to fix whatever known weak points there are and lift enough to run a set of 31's and then let the kid run the trails like that for a while.
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I've never ownd one, but always kinda wanted one...they do have an issue with those back windows, most that I have seen are rusted out right under that window...I'm assuming the way it rolls into the roof lets water run along and get trapped somewhere near the bottom...might want to look into that since it looks like yours isnt rusted out there yet...
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was an easy heater core job wasn't it, to bad all of them were not that easy eh.

TAke some time, read through the rangerstation's tech library most everything is in there.

Your current front axle will survive with 31's, but if you have the auto trans def invest in a LARGE tranny cooler now before you even think of wheeling it.
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Just a word of advice. Tell him not to show off and spin his tires around a corner then lose control go over a curb blow his left front tire out hit a tree and tip over. All going less than 25 mph.

Just don't ask how I know not to do this.
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was an easy heater core job wasn't it, to bad all of them were not that easy eh.

TAke some time, read through the rangerstation's tech library most everything is in there.

Your current front axle will survive with 31's, but if you have the auto trans def invest in a LARGE tranny cooler now before you even think of wheeling it.
Yes it was easy, never experienced that on Ford in the past. I've got a pretty big cooler hanging out in the garage from a past project, thanks for the tip. Looks like I've got some reading to do now.
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Just a word of advice. Tell him not to show off and spin his tires around a corner then lose control go over a curb blow his left front tire out hit a tree and tip over. All going less than 25 mph.

Just don't ask how I know not to do this.
Wow. Just wow.

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yah i have spun out twice, i wasn't trying to show off just hit some unexpected soupy road. the other time i was trying to glide around an easy corner on a dirt road and discovered the shorter wheel base makes them a lot harder to control when in any kind of drift/corner skid. my extended cab ranger was much easier to control. clearing 31s should be easy. i haven't tried it since, in general i have been real careful with i and drive more sensibly since i got my Bronco II.

broncoii.org is another good resource.

Lifting is all preference but i swapped in early 4dr explorer springs all the way around and with some small coil spacers and 2" blocks i can clear 31s easy. if you decide to do this i found getting the springs from a scrap metal/car recycler is very economical.
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So, is anyone familiar with the T-cases in these things? Has push button 4wd, but doesn't do anything when I try it.
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My guess would be shift motor is burnt out... i would try to find a manual t-case for it if you can... the push and pray 4wd is no fun out on a trail
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get a manual tcase from ANY junkyard......driveshafts and all work with a manual/push button swap. Best thing you could do for the 4wd
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My wife has had a couple BII's as daily drivers. I though they were ok vehicles. The V6 is a little on the unrefined side as far as idle and performance, but other than that, not a bad rig.
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The thing I like the best about them is the fact that they are easy to work on, Nothing about them is difficult.
I'm not a fan of the BIIs wheel base. If you like jeeps, the BII wheel base won't be an issue.
The auto trannies are not the best, They will last a long time if they are not abused but, break with very little abuse.
The push button transfer case has four different common problems, The auto hubs, the buttons them selves, the shift module, and the shift motor. As CheapThrill BII said, convert it to manual, The parts are cheap and plentiful.
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So the push button was an option, not standard? What model is the manual T-case so I know what to ask for? Anyone got a link to a writeup on the swap?

As far as the auto hubs, they've already been swapped with manual hubs so at least that's a non-issue.
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James Duff for a bolt on lift.
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i would recommend lifting 3-5 inches to mount 31s depending on how much flex you want. so far as lift kits you could piece one together or if you want to by an all inclusive kit, Skyjacker is a good set up. i would also strongly support the trans cooler, Dana 35, and manual t-case. i have had too many trans problems, and i have broken the Dana 28 before, its fine for snowy roads but it broke too easily. so far as the t case i have the push button and haven't had any problems yet but i think that's another issue i might address on my truck this summer. and if it has the Rear tulip drive shaft replacing that, mine had problems, ask cheap thrills which years but an explorer front shaft will fit. The Explorer front shaft to replace factory rear shaft.

X2 on the trans.

dont get me wrong it sould like a long list but i love my bronco, its alot of fun and if i had konwn these things in the begining things wouldnt have been too expensive. mostly cheap fixes.

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So the push button was an option, not standard? What model is the manual T-case so I know what to ask for? Anyone got a link to a writeup on the swap?

As far as the auto hubs, they've already been swapped with manual hubs so at least that's a non-issue.
I'm pretty sure that if you got an auto trans, the electric transfer came with it. The manual transfer case was optional.

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