Re: F-150 lift kit into ranger, questions
You didn't say what year either truck is, but regardless it's going to involve a bunch of welding and fabrication. Again, the axles will be a lot wider than the Ranger body. Swapping in a V-8 is fairly easy as long as you use an automatic tranny, there are kits to do this. Since you need a front axle anyway, get one out of an Explorer, it's a Dana 35 that will hold up to the V-8. Many Rangers have a Dana 28 front that's not very strong. Also get an 8.8" rear from an Explorer, a 2wd Ranger most likely has a 7.5" rear that again, isn't as strong, also the Expy rear is a 31 spline whereas a Ranger 8.8" is 28 spline. With that stuff you can use stock Ranger/Expy lift parts. My advice, use the F150 driveline but forget the axles. Too wide and the F150 IFS front would be about impossible to make it work.
P.S. They're about as scarce as hen's teeth now, but early Bronco (66-77) axles are a slam dunk in a Ranger as far as width and diff location plus you get the strength of a solid front axle.
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'03 Taurus wagon, Silverstars, Yoko TRZ's
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