|1992 Ford Ranger STX 4x4|
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The truck was ordered on Oct. 29, 1991 and picked up on Dec. 9, 1991. It was purchased so that I could store the Buick during the winter months. In addition, I needed its hauling capability for my projects with my house. The specifications are presented in the table above. It's a supercab 4x4 with the STX package (#854A). The vehicle has most of the available options including
Next, with the Uniroyals and the original shocks worn out I decided to put a lift kit on it with bigger tires. As a result, it has a complete Superlift lift kit. This includes the following
The pitman arm is held on by a nut that requires a 33 mm socket. A 1-5/16" socket would work but would be a little loose. The only 33 mm socket I found is a 3/4" drive 6 pt. impact socket made by Wright Tool (no. 68-33MM).
Westin step bars were added to ease entry. I sanded and painted the bumpers to match the body, since they were rusting significantly (Ohio winters with the road salt take their toll). A few years later, the bumpers were stripped and painted a second time and the grill was painted too by my neighbor, Danny.
The oil pressure gage was converted to a true analog idiot (Low-High, no magnitude) gage. The oil pressure switch was replaced by a pressure transducer (NAPA #OP6091 or Ford #E4ZZ9278A). The pipe adapter, for the pressure switch, was turned facing up to make room for the larger transducer. The 20 ohm resister behind the oil pressure gage was shorted by soldering a wire across it.
The fog lights may be removed from the low beam circuit and tapped off the parking light circuit. This can be accomplished by disconnecting the relay's low current tap (red wire) from the headlight wire (red with black stripe), under the steering column. Next, the red wire should be relocated near the headlight switch and reconnected to the heavy gage brown wire coming from the switch. My original fog lights (heavy corrosion and broken glass) were replaced by KC HiLites Sport Series Lights. These fit in the same location. The KC lights were eventually replaced by Blazer Xtreme lights (corrosion again). As an added note, the KC HiLites came with a life time warranty. I figured I'll check out their warranty. The lights were sent back with a copy of the receipt. KC HiLites sent a new pair of lights within a week. First class operation.
This truck was sold on October 20, 2003 with 162,000 miles on it. For fuel economy it gets about 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. A Ford Motorsport chromed steel differential cover (M4033-A301) was added to replace the original plastic cover at the recommended 100,000 mile oil change interval. The truck seems to run pretty good, gets reasonable fuel economy, and it's fun to drive.
Links to Related Sites
The Ranger Station - Technical information, chats, & other material on the Ford Ranger.
WJ's 4x4 & Offroad Homepage - Technical information and other stuff on 4x4s.
Off-Road.com - An interesting site for 4x4s with pictures and information.
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National Tire and Wheel -
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