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    Lowering a 4x4 questions

    Seems silly, but I am just spitballing ideas. It is looking like I will be getting a B2 soon. And it seems silly to want 4x4 and sitting low, but this isn't planned as a trail machine. I would like to get it to sit about as low as a stock 4x2 Ranger. How low can the TTB go and not hit the...
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    V8 and chop top questions

    Looking at a 84 B2. PO started a V8 swap and gave up. I recently finished a swap of Explorer 4.0 into a 90 Ranger. Everything. Wiring, dash, everything. I'm curious about MPG for an 86 302 in the B2. I have the 2.3 and 5 speed from the Ranger I have considered swapping in. Just...
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    Explorer frame dimensions

    I am wondering if someone has a pdf or similar file showing Explorer 4 door or 2 door dimensions. We stripped a 94 Explorer of its drivetrain and next will be the drivelines, for our 1990 Ranger project. I'm left with the 2.3l 4 banger and 5 speed and transfer case. I have a 1350M case to...
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    2.3 in a B2? Anyone done this?

    I have a 90 Ranger with 2.3 and 5 speed. Its likely going to be swapped out for a Explorer 4.0 and A4LD. Once these projects are out of the driveway, I have a couple ideas I'd like to tackle with a B2. I'm even considering a dead motor rig. Has anyone put a 2.3 in a B2? I don't think they...
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    Converting 1st Gen EX to manual

    Might be getting another EX with a dead A4LD. No real desire at this time to rebuild another one. Thinking a 5 speed swap to be ideal. Some questions that I can't really find answers for. I know I need the Mazda trans, clutch set and flywheel, slave and master cylinders and hose. AND the...
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    Cheap Netbook, looking for GPS programming

    I picked up a really inexpensive netbook with the single goal of using it for my USB GPS receiver. And the price, $90. Geeks.com This runs Windows CE 5.0, has a couple USB ports and a SD card slot that will support up to 16Gb SDHC cards. But doesn't allow any programs to be installed in its 2GB...
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    Coolant leak, 94 EX

    My son called me Friday and said his EX (4.0, A4LD, 4x4, 203,000 miles) was spitting coolant. It was dark and cold, but he thought it was coming from the left side... So we drove down today (120 miles each way), hoping it was just a hose or some such. Nope. It seems to be leaking right...
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    RBV SAS fab questions

    I have most of the parts I need for my SAS on my 90 Ranger. I'm using a Jeep D30, 6" coils for a XJ, long arms for the lower and will fab an adjustable upper for long arms. I'm using a modified XJ trackbar. I plan to cut the spring locator "fingers" from the coil seat in the bucket. And I...
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    Finally picked up an Ex

    1994 Explorer XLT, 4.0L, DEAD A4LD trans, electric shift tcase, and looks to have 3.73s with limited slip. Towed it home, it has really good brakes (dragged my F150 Supercrew to a stop!!!) The bad... Not too bad for 191,000 miles. But the receiver hitch is rusted and needs to be...
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    94 Dead A4LD

    Not to hijack the other thread... Thought it was a 92 or 93, its a 94. Has reverse, but no forward gears. Dragging it home in about an hour. Has 191k miles on it. Otherwise nice ride. As mentioned, I've a friend with his own trans bench the he'll bring over. And we'll go from there...
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    Funny turns in life

    Or, I thought I was starting a different project... Been on here a while, working on my son's Ranger we call "Warthog". I won't bore with the details. But we were going to do a SAS D30 during spring break. Still might, but not real likely. Due to some changes in the Monster's life (my son)...
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    zjrog and the Ranger project

    Well, this project has phases. How many? I don't know... First, we bought the little truck for my son and this is how it came. 1990 Regular cab regular bed 2.3 5speed 4x4. 4.10 gears, D35 and rear 7.5. Only thing fancy about this truck was the pushbutton shift for the tcase. Already...
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    Kind of a dumb weight question...

    I'm replacing the stiffazell Skyjacker 6" springs under my Ranger with some 5.5" lift Jeep Cherokee coils. I'm curious how much weight difference there is between the 4 banger 1990 Ranger and a V6 93 Ex... These Skyjackers are just too stiff for the Ranger, but ought to work well for the...
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    Cab swap whoops...

    Crossposting to ensure success.... Truck is a 1990 Regular cab regular bed 2.3 5 speed 4x4. We had a trashed 90 cab and swapped in a 88 cab (all we could find for cheap...). We've been taking our time, and its been like 9 months of this project. What was supposed to be a simple cab swap...
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    Moab Activist "Trail" Ride Oct 3.

    Moab RMP Activist "Trail" Ride Hey all! I'm crossposting this land use issue for a friend in my local club, Sam has busted is a$$ getting things smoothed and planned, and yesterday he was informed they DO have a permit. I realize this is a Utah specific event, but could give others ideas too...
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    New to Tooele, new to Utah

    OK, been here since last July. I've got a 90 Ranger 4x4, 2.3 with 5 speed, electric transfer case and Warn locking hubs. 6" Skyjacker lift, 31s and fiberglass front fenders... Truck needs help, planning to get it trail ready. Been on Rattlesnake with my Grand Cherokee... SO not too...
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