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  1. Towing Upgrades

    Good thread and great feedback. The Eibachs improved towing over the FX4 shocks, this I can confirm. I think for those towing a lot the swaybar or air-bags are a worthwhile investment. If you're not getting much squat, may be just the bar, if you tongue weight is max and have quite a bit of...
  2. No more engine cover for the Lariat

    The engine cover was one of the first things I removed. Looks like I can probably sell it for a premium down the road! :LOL:
  3. January 2021 Ford Ranger Sales Increase 4.8%, Best Retail Start Since 2005

    Wow, there's a lot of (-) on that list. Ranger is the only non-'heavy truck' with positive result YoY. I wonder if that has something to with A) it's capabilities and size or B) the insane cost of full size pickups nowadays. And it's clear they're doing something right with the Explorer.
  4. What was your first Ford daily driver?

    1996 E150 conversion van - electronic folding bed, mood lighting, captain chairs and TV/VCR. It was used to tow around the race car and I would sleep in it instead of getting a hotel but then I got RIF'd so I sold my street car to float me financially until I was employed again (S2000) and...
  5. Trailer Camping - What are you towing off road and do you like it?

    I love Ski Camping in B-Lot at Crystal! I did it with my E450 Class C and in a big storm, I quickly learned how much I hate open differentials and having to put chains on a motorhome!
  6. Ranger has fresh competition...

    I love it. I'm also a fan of Japanese vehicles. I think for folks that want to be in the truck market that are drawn to Japanese quality/reliability - this gives them a pretty damn good alternative to the Tacoma and it's hefty "Toyota Tax" - especially when buying pre-owned. If they nail...
  7. "Leveling" Kit for towing reasonably heavy

    The issue you've suggested you want to avoid is headlight direction under towing load. The only way you can avoid having your headlights pointed at the moon is to maintain their proper level while loaded vs unloaded. That's it - whether you're at stock height or lifted - scenario doesn't...
  8. Ford is switching to Android in 2023

    I don't agree. The DMV and insurance is not the same as FB/GOOG/etc. Knowingly providing certain (limited) information to the DMV and your insurance company is not the same as being the product of a company that vacuums your privacy to an unknown degree, repurposes it and resells it in...
  9. Ford is switching to Android in 2023

    Building it on Android doesn't bother me, but the integration of Google services and their cloud does. Why does my vehicle have to be "connected" anyway without my implicit approval and intent? That's another thing that irritates me as well. Seems like a dumb business move as well as the...
  10. GM is pulling the plug on gas and diesel by 2035

    To the point about "Well the ranger loses half it's efficiency while towing" - that's sort of true and vehicle specific not ICE specific because my E450 only goes from 9mph to 7pmg when towing, which isn't half. Also the "recharge" time is 5 minutes and the "recharge" stations are everywhere...
  11. GM is pulling the plug on gas and diesel by 2035

    Count me in, just not right now. As of today there aren't EVs that fit my need (and budget) and most of that is down to the current battery tech/efficiency vs ICE - especially under heavy loads. Engineering Explained on youtube did a great breakdown in the difference in efficiencies while...
  12. Oil Catch Can. Yes or No?

    I have cans for both vents (PCV/CCV). Driver side catches about half a can every 2-3k miles. The pass side catches almost nothing during light commute/grocery getting but when I tow or spend any decent amount of time in boost it will catch about a 1/4 can in the same interval. Definitely an...
  13. Load leveling airbags

    That one. To adjust those brackets requires all the nuts/bolts to be undone on each side, pulled apart and reassembled into the new positions - doing that every time I switch between my Motorhome and Truck ain't worth it and the adjustment to that point wouldn't equally applicable to each...
  14. Load leveling airbags

    Nope, I have the Equalizer hitch. No chains. With that said, once the tongue is lowered onto the ball the bars are pretty much under tension, and the subsequent squat after that only adds to the tension - so functionally even with bags raising the rear to return to "level", my load leveling...
  15. Load leveling airbags

    I'm lazy. :beer:
  16. Load leveling airbags

    I tow a 8.5x20' enclosed that's 7500lbs and I'm using the 10k Equalizer WDH hitch. I'm thinking the bags would nice to return the rear to right height so at night I'm not pointing my headlights at the stars. But the feedback about droop limiting is discouraging. I used the Firestone Ride...
  17. Load leveling airbags

    Thanks for posting. I have air bags on the motorhome (C-Class) and they were a godsend not just for leveling but for easing out the harshness of expansion joints. I'm thinking they would be helpful on the Ranger to keep the rear up and add a bit of stability while towing.
  18. Do Load Range E tires improve towing feel?

    I have E-rated on the motorhome that is the primary tow vehicle and on the trailer. I set them all cold at 80psi for peace of mind. I do all the right things when towing and just did a cross country trip - I have a tongue scale, I've balanced the trailer, use an Equalizer, e-rated tires, big...
  19. Oil Catch Can. Yes or No?

    Oh for sure that one! :beer: But since I was referencing finance, it would be Cost Benefit Analysis. The Ranger got a pretty good OEM filter from the crankcase that did pass the CBA as there is one in place, however a more elaborate filtration system that covers both CCV and PVC sides AND...


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