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    Ford Rangers

    As the moggy has now gone I'm looking at getting an "oily rag" project in the form of an early 00's ford ranger 2WD (mazda b2500 type)
    They come with 6 stud hubs, does anyone know if 5 stud hubs from another motor fit (eg SN95 mustang)?
    Also, what the rear axle is fitted? I can't find anything definative apart from it's either a 7,5, 8,8 or a 9" ford? Any ideas?
    Finally, I wanna slam it but can't afford airbags, are there any coilover struts or lowering kits available in the UK?
    Cheers

    Jeff

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    I'm not sure of the exact axle type, but I'm fairly certain it's none of the ones mentioned

    Isn't it a front loader axle ?

    The only front loader you listed is the 9" ..... and they stopped making them in the eighties

    The 7.5 is a rear loading axle (the diff carrier casting is part of the main axle assembly and doesn't drop out), and the only none V8 car the 8.8 (another rear loader) came in was IIRC the 4.0 Explorer .... though I'll stand corrected

    My thoughts are it's a Mazda axle ..... pure and simple

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    Cant afford air bags....come on amazingly resourceful chap like you

    Range Rover system now available cheap off the P38's

    Better than a pickup....an ex London Taxi and do a rebody


    Good luck with whatever you do

    Loads on the Ambulance camper forum getting rid of air bags and fitting leaf springs because they don't understand the system

    There will be others as well

    The Mazda and Bedford was also sold as a Chevy Luv, exactly the same vehicle but you get a Chevy badge
    IT'S NOT GETTING WHAT YOU WANT...IT'S WANTING WHAT YOUVE GOT

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    Quote Originally Posted by HyTork View Post
    I'm not sure of the exact axle type, but I'm fairly certain it's none of the ones mentioned

    Isn't it a front loader axle ?

    The only front loader you listed is the 9" ..... and they stopped making them in the eighties

    The 7.5 is a rear loading axle (the diff carrier casting is part of the main axle assembly and doesn't drop out), and the only none V8 car the 8.8 (another rear loader) came in was IIRC the 4.0 Explorer .... though I'll stand corrected

    My thoughts are it's a Mazda axle ..... pure and simple
    You’re probably right. I’ve joined the ranger station and the first comment that was made was “European rangers bare no resemblance to US ones” so I’ll look into getting the hubs redrilled or something


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    Quote Originally Posted by MYTHING View Post
    Cant afford air bags....come on amazingly resourceful chap like you

    Range Rover system now available cheap off the P38's

    Better than a pickup....an ex London Taxi and do a rebody


    Good luck with whatever you do

    Loads on the Ambulance camper forum getting rid of air bags and fitting leaf springs because they don't understand the system

    There will be others as well

    The Mazda and Bedford was also sold as a Chevy Luv, exactly the same vehicle but you get a Chevy badge
    I want something that I can modify over the weekend and still use during the week. Although an engine transplant is on the cards......


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    Well it’s either a ranger or an S1 944....... but they rot like hell...!!!!!


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    the 6 stud hubs are common with all the jap 4x4's as well as yank 6 stud too. wheel choice is pretty good jeff.
    neil.
    need a job done on your project? i may be able to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fozwanger View Post
    You’re probably right. I’ve joined the ranger station and the first comment that was made was “European rangers bare no resemblance to US ones” so I’ll look into getting the hubs redrilled or something


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    Yes the Ranger we know and love (I have had a couple of them and use one as a daily) is a Mazda B2500 with a Ford badge not related to the USA Ranger (I think that is a cousin of the Explorer)
    As Mygasser says they will take the six stud wheels off just about any jap 4x4
    as a standard vehicle they are not fast, don't handle that well and use loads of fuel. But they are as tough as old boots and parts are cheap

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    Quote Originally Posted by mygasser View Post
    the 6 stud hubs are common with all the jap 4x4's as well as yank 6 stud too. wheel choice is pretty good jeff.
    neil.
    Had a look at summit and Coker and you can get smoothies, rally’s, artillery amongst others in a range of sizes for the PCD, reasonably priced so an easy swap. Also read that they are torsion bars so easy to lower and just use blocks on the rear axle, and most have lsd too


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    Quote Originally Posted by fozwanger View Post
    Had a look at summit and Coker and you can get smoothies, rally’s, artillery amongst others in a range of sizes for the PCD, reasonably priced so an easy swap. Also read that they are torsion bars so easy to lower and just use blocks on the rear axle, and most have lsd too


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    if you don't intend to fully load it (as ford intended) then don't go mad on lowering block size. remove a stack of leaves from the rear springs first then decide how much block you need. as a bonus the ride is improved too as they're a really hard ride when empty.
    neil.
    need a job done on your project? i may be able to help.

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