So even though I currently own 3 cars, I'm a truck guy at heart. This truck was the first automobile I purchased and I will probably own it my entire life.
Purchased in 2012 as a one owner, older gentleman owner, was in great shape.
2006 ford ranger FX4 level II
4.0 SOHC V6
5 Speed Auto
3" body lfit
Cliff notes of the changes it's been through.Day I bought it. Stock, grandpa grill guard and bug deflector, 31" tires, and side steps.
Did a few mods that aren't picture worth the first week of owning. Removed steps, bug guard, and grill cover. Did a mod that allows fog lights on all the time (factory they go off with high beams), changed out the exhaust for an MBRP turndown system. first summer I tossed on a set of 32" tires on steel wheels. zero lift still at this point
Plasti dipped the hood and grill with an idea i've seen done before. I liked it, and had it painted professionally at a later date. Testing the flex on with the 32's. It rubbed a little so I knew a lift was in order soon. In goes the 3" Body lift.
Sitting pretty silly looking with the lift and worn down 32" tires. sooooo 33's were ordered! 33x12.50x15 hankook MT. love these tires. super good in mud and deep snow. Fast forward to winter, sent my truck in to have some hail damage repaired, and my hood painted as perviously mentioned. I often jump my truck, and this is the result of that. Snapped a leaf spring. whoops! Tossed in a used ranger spring and started the hunt for some 64" long chevy leaf springs.couple months later, I found the springs I needed!
So the work began. To run these I had to move the front spring hangers forward on the frame. as these are longer than stock springs. Meaning more travel, meaning better jumps.
Had a jackstand fail, which was fun!
hangars moved and leaf springs in.
I removed the factory 1.5, or 2" block and still gained about 3/4" of lift with these springs as well. so it was nice to get rid of that stupid lift block they use from factory. Bought a dana 30 solid axle (came from a Jeep Cherokee) to swap in. *this hasnt happened yet, priorities started coming into affect at this point. still ahve the axle though, it might happen.
Thats about it really, the wheels have changed color a few times, currently they are orange lol. I took the muffler off and it's not straight piped after the cats.
been driving it and abusing it pretty much like that.
have had 4x4 issues for a while now, and last winter it got really bad to the point the chain inside the transfer case was slipping. so I'm currently having that rebuilt, and I will have working 4x4 this winter which will be fun! Truck currently has 256,xxx kms on it. So it's pretty decent that it lasted this long! hopefully I get another 250+ out of it.
I have a set of 33" duratracs i'll be studding for winter use this year. that will be nice.