1998 Ford Ranger - Ready Ranger

No Project Is Ever Finished

Harry WagnerPhotographer, Writer

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.

Tech Specs
1998 Ford Ranger
Drivetrain
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

Suspension
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

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