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Old 12-03-2013, 10:27 AM   #1
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Ranger as a toad

OK here's my second post!

We're looking hard at a Class A and a toad. However, after seeing this thread I thought I'd ask a question.

I've got a 2004 Ford Ranger short bed extended cab 4X4 with 4.0 and auto transmission. It has the dial switch on the dash (like the Sportrac someone else mentioned) with 2wd 4X4high & 4X4Low. Will one of these kits work on it?

Was going to sell/trade it but since reading this I thought I'd ask first.
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OK here's my second post!

We're looking hard at a Class A and a toad. However, after seeing this thread I thought I'd ask a question.

I've got a 2004 Ford Ranger short bed extended cab 4X4 with 4.0 and auto transmission. It has the dial switch on the dash (like the Sportrac someone else mentioned) with 2wd 4X4high & 4X4Low. Will one of these kits work on it?

Was going to sell/trade it but since reading this I thought I'd ask first.
We are towing a 2007 Ranger 4x4 using the neutral tow kit, same dial switch as yours. To be sure go to FMCA web sight and look up their section on towable vehicles.

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Old 12-03-2013, 04:37 PM   #3
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OK here's my second post!

We're looking hard at a Class A and a toad. However, after seeing this thread I thought I'd ask a question.

I've got a 2004 Ford Ranger short bed extended cab 4X4 with 4.0 and auto transmission. It has the dial switch on the dash (like the Sportrac someone else mentioned) with 2wd 4X4high & 4X4Low. Will one of these kits work on it?

Was going to sell/trade it but since reading this I thought I'd ask first.
I just looked it up at FMCA, what I found is that 2006 and up can be towed with kit and earlier Rangers with manual transmisions only.

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Old 12-03-2013, 04:48 PM   #4
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that Ranger should have a BW1354, the electronic has no user selectable neutral. It can be done by removing the shift motor and turning the selector inbetween 4hi and 4low but that's to much trouble
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I forgot about this, there is a device to get rid of the electric transfer case switch. Only bad thing is you have to get under the truck to switch it, but may work for you its called The Shiftster

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Old 12-03-2013, 05:43 PM   #6
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The kit was mentioned in the "Sticky" about "Good News from Ford".

Good News For Ford TOADs

I was perusing another RV oriented website and the discussion in a thread caught my eye. The subject was the infamous & no longer in stock Ford Neutral Tow Switches, essential for Toad'ing Ford SUV's. Somebody thought a new company in Texas was now making and selling them for Ford Vehicles. So I googled up the company, Victory Climate Systems. Got an email first thing this morning with a positive confirmation, here's the particulars:

"We do manufacture Neutral Tow Kits for Ford vehicles. You can call and order them at 817-293-3331. We accept Mastercard and Visa

Victory Climate Systems
1-874-293-3331"

I called Victory and they referred me to Ford.com to find the needed part # but as someone else stated Ford parts list only goes back to 2006. I'm going to call Ford and see what transmission/transfer case is in the 2006 and whats in mine. I've got this funny feeling it may just work....Fingers crossed!
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Dajo is correct, the Ranger is NOT towable 4-down until the 2006 year. The transmissions in use in earlier models were different than the Explorers, but in 2006 they used the same trans that could be towed.

The only way to tow them that I've ever heard of was with the drive shaft disconnect device and on a tow dolly.. or on a flat trailer...

Sorry.
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Just want to let everyone know that if they decide to tow a 2007--2011 Ford Ranger that I have a Blue Ox tow bracket and nuetral tow kit that I would be happy to sell.
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Ford Ranger 2wd Standard Towing

I have a 1997 Ranger 2wd standard trans. pickup. Called Remco yesterday and was told it can be flat towed by releasing the steering wheel lock and transmission in neutral. They said it has a Mazda 5 speed trans. that is very towable. No limits on mileage or speed. My vehicle manual states the same. I'm not sure which years are equiped with the Mazda trans. but this sure makes my towing easier. I believe he said it was from about '94 to mid 2000's. It has a shell so I can use it for golf clubs, fishing gear, etc. The Allegro Bus is ready to party.
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