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Old 05-19-2008, 05:53 PM   #1
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Not able to find 06 or 07 Ranger used, so bought 08 new. Installed Blue Ox bracket and bulb kit last week. Install was a bit harder than the CRV I did a few years ago. Hoping this will be the last one I do. Now off to Ford dealer to get neutral tow kit install. Just as others said this is where the fun began. Went to four dealers and not one had any idea what I was talking about. So with printed info in hand from past forum posts, part number, etc, I was able to walk dealer through what was involved. End result turned out well considering dealers quoted me as high as $375.00. Dealer I went with charged me ...Labor-$136.50...Part-$28.25...Tax...$1.84...Total...$166.59 Can't complain even if it involved some work on my part. First tow planned for this Friday with motorcycle in bed of truck. Thanks again to everyone for the info given that enabled me to complete this task. Sorry I got a bit long.
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Not able to find 06 or 07 Ranger used, so bought 08 new. Installed Blue Ox bracket and bulb kit last week. Install was a bit harder than the CRV I did a few years ago. Hoping this will be the last one I do. Now off to Ford dealer to get neutral tow kit install. Just as others said this is where the fun began. Went to four dealers and not one had any idea what I was talking about. So with printed info in hand from past forum posts, part number, etc, I was able to walk dealer through what was involved. End result turned out well considering dealers quoted me as high as $375.00. Dealer I went with charged me ...Labor-$136.50...Part-$28.25...Tax...$1.84...Total...$166.59 Can't complain even if it involved some work on my part. First tow planned for this Friday with motorcycle in bed of truck. Thanks again to everyone for the info given that enabled me to complete this task. Sorry I got a bit long.
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Good job. I just did '08 Explorer so likely pretty similar set up. My Blue Ox baseplate # was 2198. Drilling the holes in the frame was the most time consuming part.

My dealer was familiar with the NTK and had done my previous '04 Explorer for about $100. However, the cost for kit and labor on the '08 was about $234 which surprised me. They said it was more complicated on the latest models.
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Hi All,

I was wondering if you had a Ranger or Explorer 4X4 with a manual trans would you need to do this??
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AL....The neutral tow kit is not needed with the manual trans. With the manual trans you just need to have electronic shift-on-the-fly control in 2-high position and the manual trans in neutral. Gary...I was quite suprised with the low cost of my NTK install. Sometimes we get lucky.
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Hi All,

Hey becks,
Thanks for the quick comeback, and I thought it was something for Auto Trans only, but was not 100% sure, thanks again !!!
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