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1998 Ford Ranger - Ready Ranger

Posted in Features on October 14, 2014
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After Larry Gipson sold his King of the Hammers buggy, affectionately known as the Honey Badger, he found himself without a rig. Soon Larry was wheeling and dealing and ended up getting this Ford Ranger off Craigslist in exchange for his street bike and some cash.

We ran into Larry at KOH, where he was visiting friends and doing some recreational wheeling. It wasn’t for him. “I am a driver, not a spectator,” Larry confessed to us. He plans to turn the Ranger into a Stock Modified class racer.

Power comes from a 4.0L SOHC V-6 engine that has plenty of pep to turn the 39.5-inch Super Swamper Iroks. These engines were rated at 207 hp and don’t mind high revs.

Tech Specs
1998 Ford Ranger
Engine: 4.0L V-6
Transmission: M5OD 5-speed manual
Transfer case: BW1354
Front Axle: High-pinion Dana 44 with 5.13 gears, Yukon Grizzly Locker, Yukon chromoly axleshafts and Super Joints, Warn hubs
Rear Axle: Ford 8.8 with 5.13 gears, Yukon Grizzly Locker, and Yukon chromoly axleshafts

Springs & Such: 3-link with coil springs and Bilstein 5100 shocks (front); Trail Gear leaf springs (rear)
Tires & Wheels: 39.5x13.5-15LT Super Swamper Iroks on 15x10 Pro Comp steel rims
Steering: PSC hydraulic ram, Saginaw steering box, stock pump
Other Stuff: Racer X race radio, Smittybilt XRC10 winch, Vision X LED lights, custom tube bed, Powertank PT-10, 60-inch Hi-Lift jack

The front axle is a high-pinion Dana 44 filled with a bunch of Yukon parts, including 5.13 gears, a Grizzly Locker, chromoly axleshafts, and Super Joints. The axle is located by a custom three-link suspension with a Panhard bar and Jeep Wrangler coil springs and Bilstein 5100 shocks. Larry told us that he plans to swap out the coils for coilovers soon.
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