Would this be good for off roading?


Asked by Dec 03, 2010 at 02:43 PM about the 1985 Ford Ranger

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

It has a carburated 5.0 (302) in it with 4x4. # inch lift and 31 inch tires. nd would it beat a 1997 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0 H.O in muddin or in a race? I have not purchased it yet, but am very interested in it.

8 Answers


These have serious rust problems - Hit it all over with a hammer Especially the front control arms and the rear shackles for the rear springs.

yes it would be a good off road truck,as for beateing a jeep who knowes,this truck would have the advantange being lighter in weight,a lot of it also has to do with the driver.


Well, i'm looking for a 4x4 and I think I have my mind set on a 1996 Ford Explorer Sport. I have watched videos on youtube and it looks like it juust walks through mud likes it's nothing. I know it's not a Jeep but it looked like it can handle it pretty well. Do any of you have expierence with these and if you do could you give me some tips.

just be careful on buying it,the explorer,they have always had one problem after another,they good vehicles until that first prob,then more are on the way.


I mean I have read up and have done some reasearch on them and most of the reviews said that the earliy years from 94 and down had there share of problems but for the most part that they are good reliable car. and I did plan on re-building the trans so it could handle the stress of trailing and muddin. But if i put a shift-kit in it for my off roading purposes on the weekends, would that be any less stress on it?

No,not really,all you would get when not off roading is a quicker shift on the highway.use high qulaity parts on the rebuild and drop the shift kit idea,it will last longer.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

yes defintly go with ranger


The ranger would beat the jeep no problem. The carbed 5.0l is the samething that cops use in the Crown Victoria, they have 250 hp stock while the jeep has 220 something. You should smoke the jeep. Keep it from slipping from the start and then get on it. I have a 88 F150 with the fuel injected 5.0l And 31's on the back. It smoked a 2001 Lancer Evolution. He couldn't keep up. Closest he got was to the tailgate. Smoke 'em!!!

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions


Looking for a Used Ranger in your area?

CarGurus has 6,229 nationwide Ranger listings starting at $1,300.

Get More Money for Your Car
Be seen by 20 million shoppers. Create Your Free Listing

Search Ford Ranger Questions

Ford Ranger Experts

#1 FordNut
Reputation 1,470
#2 tennisshoes
Reputation 1,210
#3 Tracy Hooks
Tracy Hooks
Reputation 770
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford F-150
2,418 Great Deals out of 209,612 listings starting at $895
Used Chevrolet S-10
5 Great Deals out of 1,466 listings starting at $1,495
Used Ford Mustang
308 Great Deals out of 45,194 listings starting at $2,000

Used Cars For Sale

2011 Ford Ranger For Sale
34 Great Deals out of 1,073 listings starting at $4,200
2010 Ford Ranger For Sale
12 Great Deals out of 447 listings starting at $3,999
2009 Ford Ranger For Sale
23 Great Deals out of 383 listings starting at $2,995
2008 Ford Ranger For Sale
19 Great Deals out of 504 listings starting at $2,800
2007 Ford Ranger For Sale
14 Great Deals out of 337 listings starting at $3,195