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CIPA Clamp on Universal Fit Towing Mirror Installation - 2001 Ford Ranger

Today on our 2001 Ford Ranger, we'll be doing a test fit on the CIPA Universal Bar Clip-on Towing Mirror, Part Number CM11980. It offers us a wide field of view. It's going to allow us to safely and easily change lanes, pass, park, or even back up while towing a trailer. The mirror can be rotated 360 degrees and can be adjusted to any angle. By simply loosening up the nut up top here, we can extend the mirror out to further suit our towing needs. Once we've got it set, just tighten him back down. It's not going to interfere with the operation of our factory mirror, and we can even still rotate it in.



K Source Universal Clip-On Towing Mirror Installation - 2001 Ford Ranger

Today on our 2001 Ford Ranger, we'll be doing a test fit on the K-Source Clip On Towing Mirror. Part number KS3891. This is what your K-Source Clip On Towing Mirror looks like when it's installed. It offers us a wide field of view, it's going to allow us to safely and easily change lanes, pass, park or even back up while towing a trailer. The mirror itself can be adjusted to any angle. By simply removing the screw at the back, we can adjust it to the vertical position. It's not going to interfere with the operation of our factory mirror and we can even still fold it in. I'm here at the passenger side of my Ford Ranger and to begin our test fit let's go ahead and turn our towing mirror over and we're going to make sure that each one of our tabs here is opened up that way our housing can easily fit between there.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2008 Ford Ranger

Here on this 2008 Ford Ranger, we'll go ahead and review and install part number 18252, the Draw Tite 4-Pole Hardwire Kit with a circuit tester. This is what it looks like when it's installed on our Ranger truck. This wire harness will allow you to replace the 4-Pole connector that's pre-existing on this truck like we did here, or you can use this on a vehicle that does not have a 4-pole wire harness at all. One of the best reasons to have this installed on your truck is is that it replaces something that's already corroded up, or in this case here, the 4-pole wire harness is actually from the factory, located behind and underneath and a little bit hard to get to. You can use this to extend it and pull it out and make it a little easier to work with and hook up to your trailer. Our part number includes the wire harness here, of course. It also comes with the quick splice connectors and a circuit tester to help identify the functions of the wires. We'll cover those next in our install. First off, this is our 4-pole flat wire harness right here, entire length of the wire is going to be 72 inches. These are our quick splice connectors.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Ford Ranger - Curt

All right, today on this 2006 Ford Ranger, we're going to review and install the Curt Class III 2 inch receiver hitch, part number 13138. This is what the hitch looks like when it's installed in our truck. At first glance, you notice that it sits just below the bumper here and all you see is the receiver and just part of the cross tube right here. This is our 2 inch receiver opening right here, has a nice symmetrical rounded collar around the end for reinforcement. As we look back on our receiver tube right here, it uses a 5/8ths of an inch hitch pin or your favorite locking pin. Our receiver tube goes into a round stock here in the body of our hitch. You can see it will curve up and into the frame of the vehicle. All our hardware to install the hitch is provided.



Thule Truck Bed Bike Racks Review - 2006 Ford Ranger

Today on our 2006 Ford Ranger we're taking a look at the Thule GateMate Tailgate Pad for compact trucks. The part number for that is TH823. The first thing I'm going to do is load this up onto our truck, something to set it on to our tailgate, and because this truck is shorter we won't have to open up the tailgate all the way. We can lift up our flap here with our hook and loop straps, straighten out our strap on this side and we can feed it under between the 2 pieces, and just pull that through. We're going to loosely strap that down just so it stays in place while we fix the other 2 straps. I come over here to this side and do the same thing, pull the strap up through the crack here, now the strap, and lastly the middle, and strapping that down loosely.



Best 2012 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today, we'll be taking a look at the best trailer hitch options for your 2012 Ford Ranger. We've got our top 4 hitches here. The top two are going to be Hidden Hitch. Part number for the first one is 70181, for the second one is 87161. Our bottom two are both Curt. The top of the two is going to be part number 13138.



Best 2011 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today we'll be taking a look at the best trailer hitch options for your 2011 Ford Ranger. We've got our top four hitches here. The top two are going to be Hidden Hitch. Part number for the first one is 70181. For the second one, it's 87161. Our bottom two are both Curt.



Best 2010 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today we'll be taking a look at the best trailer hitch options for your 2010 Ford Ranger. We've got our top four hitches here. The top two are going to be hidden hitch, part number for the first one is 70181, for the second one is 87161. Our bottom two are both Curt. The top of the two is going to be part number 13138, and for the bottom one it's going to be 13019. First we'll go over the construction of the hitches. Our hidden hitch up top and our top Curt have the round tubes, and one of our hidden hitch and the other Curt have the square tubes.



Best 2009 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today, we'll be taking a look at the best trailer hitch options for your 2009 Ford Ranger. We've got our top four hitches here. The top two are going to be Hidden Hitch. Part number for the first one is 70181. For the second one, it's 87161. Our bottom two are both Curt.



Best 2007 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today we'll be taking a look at the best trailer hitch options for your 2007 Ford Ranger. We've got our top four hitches here. The top two are going to be hidden hitch. Part number for the first one is 70181, for the second one is 87161. Our bottom two are both Curt, the top of the two is going to be part #13138, and for the bottom one is going to be 13019. First we'll go over the construction of the hitches. Our hidden hitch up top and our top Curt have the round tubes, and one of our hidden hitch and the other Curt have the square tubes.



Best 2005 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today we'll be taking a look at the best trailer hitch options for your 2005 Ford Ranger. We've got our top four hitches here. The top two are going to hidden hitch. Part number for the first one is 70181, for the second one, is 87161. Our bottom two are both Curt. The top of the two is going to be part number 13138, and for the bottom one it's going to be 13019. Now, first we'll go over the construction of the hitches.



Best 2004 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today we'll be looking at the best trailer hitch options for your 2004 Ford Ranger. So we've got our top four hitches here. The top two are going to be Hidden Hitch. Part number for the first one is 70181. For the second one is 87161. Our bottom two are both Curt.



Best 2003 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today we'll be taking a look at the best trailer hitch options for the 2003 Ford Ranger. We've got our top four hitches here. The top two are going to be Hidden Hitch. Part number for the first one is 70181. For the second one, it's 87161. Our bottom two are both Curt.



Best 2002 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today we'll be taking a look at the best trailer hitch options the for your 2002 ford Ranger. We've got our top four hitches here. The top two are going to be hidden hitch. Part number for the first one is 70181. For the second one is 87161. Our bottom two are both curts the top of the two is going to be part number 13138 and for the bottom one it's going to be 13019. Now, first we'll go over the construction of hitches.



Best 2001 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today, we'll be taking a look at the best trailer hitch options for your 2001 Ford Ranger. We've got our top 4 hitches here. The top 2 are going to be hidden hitch. Part number for the first one is 70181. For the second one, is 87161. Our bottom 2 are both Curt.



Best 2000 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today we'll be takign a look at the best trailer hitch options for your 2000 Ford Ranger. So we've got our top four hitches here. The top two are going to be hidden hitch. Part number for the first one is 70181 and for the second one is 87161. Our bottom two are both Curt. The top of the two is part number 13138 and for the bottom one is 13019. First we'll go over the construction of the hitches.



Best 1999 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today we're taking a look at the best Trailer H options FORD of 1999 FORD ranger. We've got top four Hitches here. The top two will be going to be hidden hitch. Part number for the first one is 70181. For the second one is 87161. Our bottom two of both cut.



Best 1998 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today we'll be taking at look at the best trailer hitch options for your 1998 Ford Ranger. We've got our top four hitches here. The top two are going to be hidden hitch. Part number for the first one is 70181. For the second one it's 87161. Our bottom two are both Curt.



Best 2006 Ford Ranger Hitch Options

Today, we'll be taking a look at the best trailer hitch options for your 2006 Ford Ranger. We've got our top four hitches here. The top two are going to be Hidden Hitch. Part number for the first one is 70181. For the second one is 87161. Our bottom two are both CURT.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2006 Ford Ranger

Today on our 2005 Ford Ranger, we're doing a test fit of the Stromberg Carlson 23 by 60 cargo carrier. That part number is CC-100. It is designed to work with 2-inch hitches and have a 500-pound weight capacity. The first thing we're going to do with it on our vehicle is take a few measurements. Our ground clearance is going to be first. To this bolt down here at the bottom of the carrier, we have about 13 inches of clearance.





Ford Ranger Questions

  • First I recommend going with a 7-Way blade style for your trailer and truck because that is the most common advanced function connector used. To add one on the trailer you can use # PK12706. If your trailer only has the basic light functions then you will only need to cut off the 4-Way and attach the wires according to the diagram I have included. Please note that when you attach the existing wires to the connector you cannot just go by wire color. You will need to go by function...
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  • If the vehicle you are towing with has separate stop and turn signals then it will need to be wired with a Modulite converter so that it can run the lights on the vehicle you are towing that does not have separate turn signals and stop lights. If the vehicle you are towing with is already setup to tow a trailer then the Modulite converter is most likely already installed. If you are towing with the 1994 Ford Ranger mentioned above then you will need to wire it with a 4-way...
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  • The SAE-AIST indicates the rating of the lens and is not a part number. Lens # AST51B is a replacement for light # RVST51. This light measures 8-5/8 inches across, 4-5/8 inches tall. If these dimensions match your light then lens # AST51B is likely the correct replacement.
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  • If your 1994 Ford Ranger does not currently have any trailer connector, the simplest way to install a 4-Way plug would be to use custom plug-in wiring harness # 118325. This harness would be installed at the factory connector that is located underneath the rear of the vehicle, along the inside of the left rear frame rail. I have included a link to the instructions below, if needed. The # 37185 adapter would convert an existing 4-Way plug to a 7-Way. If you need to adapt...
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  • One of my co-workers here happens to have a 2001 Ford Ranger with 4.0 Liter engine and automatic transmission, so I went out and checked under the hood. The transmission lines are located at the drivers side radiator tank, see photo, and run down, then across to the passengers side before turning back and running to the transmission. You should check your vehicle because different vehicle accessories or packages and the engine size and drive train may affect the location of the...
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  • We offer replacement brake shoes for 10 x 1-1/2- and 10 x 2-1/4-inch electric drum brakes but no longer for the 1-3/4-inch width you reference. Dexter part # bp04-065 you referenced is a set of replacement brake shoes for electric trailer brakes normally seen on Dexter 2.8K axles. I was not able to find any brake part with the reference number 1530114. It does sound like an update is in order. If you want to replace your brake assemblies and hubs/drum assemblies you will need...
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  • If your original light is 4" L x 2" W x 1-1/8" D then Optronics light # MC32AB will fit in its place. If you have different dimensions let me know what they are and I can see if we have anything that is a match.
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  • I pulled up the install instructions and attached the assembly instructions pages from them to this page for you to check out. It looks like step 5 of the attached picture is the step you are looking for.
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  • The best solution I could provide for you would be the Westin Grille Guard # 33-2365 as it is a grille guard and a skid plate. However, this guard and all of the other ones confirmed to fit your vehicle do not have winch plates on them. If the winch mount is the priority you could go with a front hitch instead like part # 65024 and then use a winch plate like part # C31010. I also attached a link to the right that has all of the bumpers we carry for your 2001 Ford Ranger.
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  • I would recommend the Sealed, 6-1/2 inch Oval LED Trailer Stop, Turn and Tail Light, 10 Super Diode, item # STL72RB, for both the truck bed and the trailer. To mount these lights you will need a Trailer Light Mounting Bracket for 6-1/2 inch Oval Trailer Lights, item # BK70BB, and a Rubber Grommet, item # A70GB. To wire the lights you will need either the straight Pigtail, item # A45PB, or a the right angle Pigtail, item # A47PB. I have used these lights on a car hauler and they...
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  • We do indeed offer a 2-inch hitch-mount golf bag carrier that has a 2 bag capacity of 100-lbs per holder. Boone offers their # BH91818 carrier that fits 2-inch hitch receivers. This carrier features padded frame cradles, tilts for easy access to your tour pack and includes a no-rattle hitch wedge. You can add a lock if you like, such as # 7683. You'll want to confirm that your hitch has a 2-inch receiver opening to ensure compatibility.
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  • I spoke with my contact at Curt, the manufacturer, about the Bumper Mounted Hitch, # E-3S, and the compatibility with your 2000 Ford Ranger. He stated that the total width, side to side, is just under 14 inches. From the front of the receiver opening to the back of the plate is 6 inches. The plate itself measures 4 inches front to back. The hitch can be mounted under the step bumper if you have mounting holes that measure 8-3/4 inches from center to center on your bumper.
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  • The only way Roadmaster recommends flat towing your 1997 Ranger with a tow bar is to install a base plate like # 435-3 to the frame of your 1997 Ford Ranger. They do not recommend bolting anything directly to the vehicle bumper. Before attempting to flat tow the vehicle, check with Ford or your owners manual for the proper flat towing procedure. Some vehicles will need modification such as driveline disconnects, lube pumps or free wheeling hubs in order to be safely flat towed. In...
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  • I walked out to our warehouse and measured the Redline Spare Tire Carrier # 413200. I took some pictures of part # 413200 and added some dimensions to the pictures for you. Click on the pictures to see the dimensions of the Redline Spare Tire Carrier # 413200.
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  • 9-Way trailer connectors are pretty rare, limited to big rig trailers and large RVs. A quick double check will confirm if the trailer has a 7-Way blade like # 37185, 7-Way round like # 47595, or a 9-Way round like # PK12906. For a 7-Way blade style, you will need to install a 7 and 4 Way Installation Kit, # ETBC7. Your existing 4-Way plugs into the back of the ETBC7 and then you will need to hardwire the remaining wires. White is grounded to the vehicle frame, yellow is for...
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  • I do have some options available for transporting your snowblower on a hitch cargo carrier on your 1999 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4. The Curt 26x41 ATV Cargo Carrier, part # C18101, you have referenced is designed for mounting to the factory installed back rack on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). It is not designed to mount to a trailer hitch. If you have a 2 inch hitch on your 1999 Ford Ranger XLT you could use the Rage Powersports Hitch Cargo Carrier, part # SC500. This hitch cargo...
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  • We have trailer hitches for your 2004 Ford Ranger that are designed to fit a full size spare tire, but unfortunately Draw-Tite does not provide a list of what size spare tires will and will not fit to determine if your P225/70-15 size spare tire will work with the Draw-Tite # 75082 trailer hitch. To be certain that the hitch will not interfere with your spare tire, a Curt Class III Trailer Hitch, such as the Round Tube # 13138 or the Square Tube # 13019, will be the best option...
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  • You can use the Softride Locking, Anti-Rattle Hitch Pin, # SR25219, as long as the shank of your Yakima bike rack is hollow. The block will insert into the shank of the bike rack and the threaded pin will thread through and lock. If your Yakima bike rack has a threaded insert in the shank, then it should have come with a threaded pin. If this is the case, then let me know the model of your bike rack and I can see if we have a replacement pin for your bike rack. If the threaded...
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  • The base plate that will fit your 2004 Ford Ranger step side 2 wheel drive extended cab truck is the Roadmaster Tow Bars for the Ford Ranger, part # 483-1, I have linked the page below. Along with the base plate you may also need the following: Tow Bar # RM-020 or # RM520 Tow Bar Wiring # RM-154, # RM-155 or # C-ATL20A Safety Chains # RM-645 or # RM-643 There are also various accessories available for Tow Bars, which I have linked below. If your 2004 Ford...
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  • When choosing an electric fan for your vehicle you will want to make sure to get a fan that will give you the correct Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM) for the size of your engine. The CFM is how much air is being moved through your radiator in one minute. The typical CFM requirement for a 6 cylinder engine is 1,600 to 2,000. If your 1995 Ford Ranger is used for towing you will want additional airflow. It is always recommended to go with the highest rated fan. I am including a link...
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