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Rack & Pinion on 2002 Ford Ranger!



Jonathan Harvison

 
Joined: 12/29/2004
Posted 2/21/2010 via Website

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Got a 2002 Ford Ranger! Rack & Pinion is leaking!  Went to the auto parts store and went to get one and there is a difference in a Extended cab and a Regular cab! They didn't have them in stock for me to tell the difference so this is where Street Source comes into play! Any of you guys ever came across this and found out what the difference is? I know one is $160 and the other one is $225! I need to know the difference in the Extended cab and Regular cab Rack & Pinion! I cross referenced the inner and outer Tie rods and there the same on both models! I'm just wondering if its the mounting of each one or the Steering radius might be sharper because it the extended cab being longer! Some one please help me with this! I gotta have this thing ready by Spring Fling! Its my Tow Pig!  lol!
John Angles

 
Joined: 10/27/2005
Posted 2/21/2010 via Website

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ranger as a tow pig....for what? hopefully not another truck!!!!!
Jonathan Harvison

 
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Posted 2/21/2010 via Website

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Pulls my Nissan around just fine! Coming back from Scrapin The Coast at 90 with not that much strain! Did a rear end swap with 3.73 gears and rear disc brakes! It has no problems pulling nor stopping!

John Angles

 
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Posted 2/21/2010 via Website

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haha...thats funny.......about the rack. I would call the dealership and ask them or try a more reputable parts store like napa.
Jonathan Harvison

 
Joined: 12/29/2004
Posted 2/21/2010 via Website

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I went Advance and O'reily's and they looked at me like a retard when I ask what the difference was! I'm going to there main warehouse tomorrow to see if they will pull both of them and let me look at them! I gotta have this thing fixed.. After looking through different forums I see everyone has had alot of problems changing them.. So I need to get started like yesterday!
John Angles

 
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call the dealer!!!!!!
Brian Riggs

 
Joined: 10/29/2002
Posted 2/21/2010 via Website

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Humm interesting, I wouldn't think there would be anything different as far as the geometry goes, but maybe one does turn more than the other. Let us know what you find out.
Jonathan Harvison

 
Joined: 12/29/2004
Posted 2/22/2010 via Website

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I talked to a guy on eBay and he has several refurbished ones for sale and he said there isn't a difference in them. There the same but the Autoparts house shows two different part number and they say there is but I don't know what it is yet!  I will find out before buy'n because one is $75 cheaper!  lol.. I don't wanna go the junk yard route because of the fact it might be bad like mine is and I only have 75,000 miles on it! So I know them out there have more miles and prolly is bad already. I don't wanna order it from the guy on eBay because of the warranty fact.. I knmow he saids there is a warranty with his product but that means I would have to take it off and ship it back to him and wait for a new one to come back!  Rather do that at a local parts house!
John Angles

 
Joined: 10/27/2005
Posted 2/22/2010 via Website

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yea i dont c how there would b a diffenece unless the track width was different or something which its not....
Jonathan Harvison

 
Joined: 12/29/2004
Posted 2/22/2010 via Website

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Nah! I even cross ref the spindles to see if they was dif but everything in the front of the ext cab and reg cab is the same! Only thing dif in the computer is the racks but few other people just told me they was the same! looks like I will be getting the reg cab one since its cheaper and just try my luck! I mean the warehouse has both of them in stock.. And its only 30 minutes away from my house so if I do have to swap it out for the Extended cab I will just go trade it back!
John Angles

 
Joined: 10/27/2005
Posted 2/24/2010 via Website

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well let us know how it works out!!!!!
Jonathan Harvison

 
Joined: 12/29/2004
Posted 4/1/2010 via Website

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Ok Its been awhile since I been on here talking about the Rack & Pinion of the Ranger! I went ahead and got the Reg cab one because it was Cheaper and tried my luck! It worked fine! I put my old one and the new one side by side and nothing looked different! So I went home and cramed it under the truck and it worked just fine!.. It took me to Spring Fling with out a problem.. Put new DJM control arms, new ball Joints, new Rack & Pinion and inter/outer tie rods in! New tires and alignment! truck rides like a Caddy! So if you guys have to change your racks out, a Reg cab is cheaper and works the same.. I think the difference I can tell is the Ratio in turns! Its like the new one takes more turns to fully turn the wheels then the last one! But it could just be me since I did all the work compared to what it use to be!DJM Control Arms I found in a Junk YardOld Modified Control armsDragged thru!Cutting the old Mounts off because they was Dragged thru!New ends and shock mounts!





John Angles

 
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Posted 4/1/2010 via Website

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Thats strange....should have turned the two racks manually when they were side by side to see if there was a difference!
Jonathan Harvison

 
Joined: 12/29/2004
Posted 4/6/2010 via Website

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I did!  I couldn't tell a difference! But I know it works and I'm $75+ in the good! Its very strange that they would mark up the price just for it being a reg and ext cab!  I know one time on my 96 when doing the Clutch I had to change the Master and Slave cylinder and the High Pressure line that was already in the truck was different. Had to buy one of those to! Just goes to show ya, Nothing one a FORD will interchange with out some Modification!    
Douglas Oswald

 
Joined: 7/1/2003
Posted 5/1/2010 via Website

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Isn't it only like 1/2 or a 1/4 rotation difference?As soon as I started reading this I remeber having the same issue when I had to replace mine on my 01....all I remember was the wheel rotation is less on the x-cab lock to lock.
Uncle Fester

 
Joined: 4/12/2005
Posted 5/1/2010 via Website

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Thanks for the FYI, my steering is up for renewal soon and this will sure help.  Thanks
Jonathan Harvison

 
Joined: 12/29/2004
Posted 5/3/2010 via Website

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Clenzer!  That sounds about right! Its not much off but it worked and saved me a $1 or 2.. I'm happy with it.. I'm redoing the Drive shaft now and replacing the sway bar linkage with something alittle stronger!  I will post more pics up out thru the week.. Gotta get ready for Show Fest!   Uncle Fester!  If you have any questions when you start the tear down, Holla at me and I'll be more then happy to fill ya in on what I found out about the front suspension!  Did alot of research when I started.. (So I wouldn't have to redo it in the long run)..  
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