Hey guys I'm looking at a 2000 ford ranger with 31's and a 4 banger. Anyone have any experience with these trucks? Is the 4 banger like the jeep 4 banger where it can't get out of its own way? What else do I look for? It's got a spindle lift.
Cant comment on the lift.
if you want you can come drive my 100% stock 4 banger for comparison.
driving to California the other week with 1 persons worth of camping crap and 1 person, I had OD turned off and was only able to keep like 50mph up the pass. Semi's were passing me
Driving up the back of the 215 or up summerlin parkway near the 215 is a 2nd or 3rd gear experience, with the engine screaming at like 5000 RPM, no joke. Dani always freaks and says it sounds like its going to explode. no sweat off my back if it does, but it's held strong so far.
Mine is a single cab....2wd....on stock itty bitty tires.
I never thought my 4cyl wrangler on 32's was bad until i hit the areas mentioned above, and it was terrible. If you wont be leaving the city and dont drive too much on the hilly spots you'll never notice. Big grades though, ugh. I would put this 100% stock truck on the same level as my lifted 4 banger jeep.
on the plus side when I went to get the axles in tucson I still got a total of 26mpg.
Also i dont know if you are getting a single cab or extended, but I'm 6'3" and 180. I know you're a much bigger guy than me. I'm okay in it, but it's FAR from a comfortable ride. I'm not sure how you'd fair if it was a single cab, my seat is back as far from the pedals as possible and that means it can hardly lean back at all....
Check the trans for slippage. make sure you get it good and warmed up. I recall something about the gasket for the plate in the transmission becoming delaminated and causing leaks resulting in slippage. There is a recall for this I think. The transmission in my truck was trashed with only 85,000 miles on it (when we bought it it was already slipping, we knew). I got another 1.5-2 years out of it with it slipping like crazy, drove it until I literally didnt feel safe pulling out into traffic. Flash forward $2400 for a rebuild....$4000 truck didnt seem like such a great deal at that point.