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Posted: 03/31/10 07:38am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Buying a Ranger...probably a late model used...and need some info. I've researched here in the forum...but can't locate the info I need:

Figuring to use the Ranger as a toad (FOUR DOWN), I need to know:

Can it carry around 1,000 pounds in the bed? (I want to put my Harley and an electric winch (Cruisemaster) in the truck.

Not caring if the truck is a stick shift or automatic....a stick means no mods at all...put it in neutral and go: the automatic, if a 2 wheel drive...I get a Remco disconnect....if it's a 4 wheel drive, I need a "chip" in the transmission? What might the Ford part # be?...and what is the proceedure to tow 4-down?

Thanks in advance.

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Posted: 03/31/10 07:59am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Checkout the dinghy guide Here


As far as 1K lbs in the bed, the Ford website doesn't say...


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I read through some Ranger forums and the only two cautions I saw are that you might need load levelers and the tailgate cables should be reinforced.


This is kinda cool.
Compact Bed Extender.

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If you go to Ford Fleet they have the information. Go down to item #12 "Four-Wheel-Down" Towing then you can select your year.

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Payload for the Ranger is around 1200lbs, so yes you could put the Harley in the back. But you may want to add some overload springs or load levelers of some kind. Also be sure you have tires that can handel the load, Rangers usually have P tires stock.


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I have a remco disconnect on a 1988 ford ranger that I don't need anymore that I would like to give to someone.

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I have a 2002 Ranger I tow and sometimes haul two ATVs in the back. I did put air shocks on and have no troubles .


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Thanks for all the responses....reality being reality, I could not find a "good" Ranger in my price range....but I did find a really nice 2003 extended cab Chevy S-10.
Now...I need a Remco driveshaft disconnect. Anybody got one to sell or "give away"? LOL!! None listed on E-bay or craigslist......

Again, thanks.

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1000 pounds in the bed is a real stretch. I've done it. It may be within the documented capacity of the truck (at least for a regular cab) but it sure rides low in the back and is real light on the front end.


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