Prerunners

New FOX Remote Reservoir Shocks and 3 inch Lift Blocks

This rear suspension build on our Project Desert Ranger is mild for most, but the benefits are great.

You just bought a new Ford Ranger and you hate the factory stinkbug stance it came with. How do you fix this on the cheap?…Crank the torsion bars up.

In less than a minute with only an impact gun in hand you can get almost 2 inches of lift in the front of your newer independent front suspension Ranger.

I stopped by Woolworth Motorsports late one afternoon to find Robby building a complex bedcage for a client. I asked who owns this and Robby gave me his email address.

I sent the owner an email and he replied with, “I would love to be in the magazine!”

I found this Explorer online and felt it needed to be in our magazine. After tracking down the owner I was able to get the “dirt” on this Explorer prerunner.

In the November issue of Prerunner Maniac we showed you the carnage of Eric’s prerunner in our Prerunner Carnage Column on his first trip to Baja. We felt a truck of this caliber deserved a feature to show you just what this prerunner is capable of.

Update your 93 Ranger to 2005+

Glassworks does it again. Taking feedback from their retailers and their customers they have created a much-needed new 1 piece front clip for the Ford Ranger.

Even though Prerunners are not yet “mainstream”, there was quite a bit to see at this year’s SEMA Show.

There are a lot of people that would like to enjoy the look of a prerunner for their truck, but don’t have a few thousand to put into them. A great way to get the look on a budget is with a Spindle Lift Kit.

Owner - Tim Shedarowich Aka Timmy of Dirt Alliance

 

I met Travis Siflinger of Dirt Alliance at the SoCal Dirt and Sand Expo in August. I knew he had connections to some great prerunners so I ask him to send over some pics, and let’s get them in the magazine. This is the first of many to come.

Did you miss last month's issue where we introduced the Prerunner Maniac Prerunner Buyers Guide?

Well here it is. We put together a guide to help you prerunner builders find the parts you need. It is broken down into:

Fuel Efficiency and Prerunners seems a little contradictory. With the price of gas the way it is, and since most of us drive our prerunners on a daily basis we decided to see if we could find some way to get a few more MPGs out of our Desert 4x4 Project Ford Ranger.

One of the biggest problems with fuel efficiency and prerunners is their inherent lack of aerodynamics. Let’s face it with 6” bulge fiberglass fenders and no factory bumper our Project Ranger is about as aerodynamic as a barn. I had no idea this was going to be such a big deal when driving on the highway. To give you an example of how “anti-aerodynamic” our Ranger is, when we were headed to Ontario for the SoCal Dirt & Sand Expo, we were heading into the wind. We had to stop in Victorville and fill up. This means we were getting about 8-10 mpg. That is horrible for a V6. On the way home with the wind behind us we used a little over ½ of a tank.

Just 2 weeks before the event we were offered a great deal on a 10x20 booth, and then scurried to get our stuff together. Originally we planned to simply cover the event, but the offer was too good to pass up, and I am glad we didn’t. We did find out that 10x20 with our Project Desert Ranger in it did not leave us much room. Next Expo we are going 20x20.

Tell your friends and tell your enemies!!! We are looking for readers’ submissions of the worst carnage ever seen. If you got it on video or you snapped a picture of it, then send it to us right away.

We get asked all the time “Who makes a prerunner kit for my truck?” In the next issue we will launch the most comprehensive buyers guide of all things prerunner, so you no longer have to wonder.

I am surprised it took so long for someone to come up with this. Mini Trophy Trucks called Trophy Karts. Most might think these are just for kids, well kids do race these in CORR, but for the kid at heart they are a blast!

Bigger tires need more room. I found out the hard way when covering the BITD Terrible’s Town 250. The rear-end articulated and wreaked havoc on the wheel openings while getting to our spot for covering the race.

So why did we go with flared bedsides instead of fiberglass bedsides? Well I have a retractable tonneau cover on the bed that is great for keeping stuff safe. Since it retracts I can still use my truck as a truck. The rails this tonneau follows go over the lip of the bed, so it needs metal to rest on. Fiberglass bedsides would not be strong enough to hold this.

Even though we are showing you the steps on flaring the bedsides, we strongly recommend this be done by a Pro. If you go too far too fast you will get some creases in the bedsides you won’t be able to fix. Let’s take a look at how Robby Woolworth at Woolworth Motorsports flared the bedsides of our Desert 4x4 Project Prerunner.


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