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  • Clearance Dimensions of Weigh Safe # WS6-2 Adjustable Ball Mount
  • Actually, some of the photos Weigh-Safe shows on their website are incorrect, and they're aware of the problem. The shank of the # WS6-2 has two hitch pin holes that are 3-1/8 and 4-1/8 away from the upright as shown in the photo I've edited for you.
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  • Flat Towing a 1997 Ford Ranger
  • 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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  • Using Trailer Lights on a 1997 Ford Ranger with Separate Turn Signals and Brake Lights
  • The 1997 Ford Ranger has separate turn signals and brake lights. Trailer lights have combined brake lights and turn signals. What you will need to do is use trailer wiring harness # 118325 which plugs into the factory tail light connectors on the truck (or if those are gone you can cut off the end that plugs into the vehicle and hard wire it in). If you have to cut off the end that plugs into the vehicle tail light connectors then hardwire it as follows: brown connects to vehicle running...
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  • Are the Locks in Curt Lock Set for Adjustable Channel-Style Mounts # C23556 Keyed Alike
  • Yes, my contact at Curt Manufacturing confirmed that the two locks and the four keys included in their Lock Set # C23556 are keyed identically. This lock kit is intended for use in Curt's Channel Style Adjustable Ballmount # C45900.
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  • What Years and Models of Ford Rangers Does Draw-Tite Class III Max Frame Trailer Hitch # 75082, Fit
  • The Draw-Tite Class III Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, # 75082, will fit the following Ford Rangers: 1998 - 2010 Ford Ranger 1983 - 1997 Ford Ranger, All except GT models I have included a link to the installation details below. I have also included a link to all of the trailer hitches that will fit a 1997 Ford Ranger (none fit the GT model).
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  • Is Drilling Required When Installing a Front Mount Trailer Hitch on a 1997 Ford Ranger
  • When installing the Curt Front Mount Hitch, # 31019 on a 1997 Ford Ranger, you will need to enlarge some access holes but you will not be drilling any new holes. Please note that this hitch will not fit models that have a front cross-member (interferes with installation) or 2 wheel drive models built in Canada. I have included a link to the installation details for you. We also have the Draw-Tite Front Mount Hitch, # 65017. I have included a link to the installation details for this...
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  • Why Does Hopkins Trailer Wiring Harness for 1997 Ford Ranger have Separate Ground Wire
  • Yes, the advantage is that you will get a better ground connection with an independent ground wire on a trailer wiring harness such as # 40215 for your 1997 Ford Ranger. Some converter boxes require a separate ground wire because the factory ground for the vehicle tail lights is not sufficient for the converter's needs.
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  • Trailer Right Turn Signal Does Not Work When Connected to 3 Different Vehicles
  • It certainly does sound like a short on the trailer that caused some problems, but I would not rule out the possibility that it is just coincidence and that there is an issue with all the vehicles in some way, shape, or form. If the trailer draws more that 2.1 amps per side for turn/brake lights then that would cause the converter to blow. On the trailer, make sure its connector is free of corrosion. Then you will want to trace the wiring leading back from the 4-Way to determine if there...
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  • Brake Lights are Dim With Turn Signal Flashing Using Converter 118158 On a Trailer
  • The LED light warning is in reference to flat towing a vehicle that has LED lights. So basically for your situation the trailer (vehicle) LED lights could be the issue. An easy way to determine if it works better with incandescent bulbs would be to replace an LED brake light with an incandescent light of some kind and see if the problem persists. If it does persist then the issue could be related to the fact that converter # 118158 is not rated very high. This is just the nature of this...
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  • Is the Glass of the Longview Custom Towing Mirrors # CTM2200A Convex or Flat
  • The mirror surfaces that are on the Longview Custom Towing Mirrors # CTM2200A are totally flat. They are not convex at all so they should be exactly what you are looking for to fit your 1997 Ford Ranger.
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  • Tailgate Lock for 1997 Ford Ranger
  • We've got video footage of the similar Bully Tailgate Lock # LH-090 on a 2001 Ranger, which you can see by clicking the provided link. Since the Master Lock # 8253DAT is of similar size, it should work on your Ranger as well, but I'd recommend the Bully lock because of its all metal construction.
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  • Will Curt Trailer Hitch # 13138 Fit a 1997 Ford Ranger Flareside (Stepside)
  • Curt trailer hitch # 13138 will fit all models of the 1997 Ford Ranger except the GT models. So it will fit your stepside model as long as it is not a GT. I have linked the instructions and a video showing a typical installation for you. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin and clip, and a storage bag. For trailer wiring use # 118325.
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  • Ford Ranger Trailer Wiring Recommendation
  • The recommended trailer wiring harness for your 1997 Ford Ranger is the Tow Ready # 118325. As long as you don't exceed the amperage ratings of the wiring (Stop/turn lights: 2.1 amps per circuit and Tail lights: 4 amps per circuit), you would be just fine.
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  • Wiring, Base Plates, Tow Bar and Accessories Needed to Flat Tow a 1997 Ford Ranger
  • To flat tow your 1997 Ford Ranger behind a motor home, you will need a special wiring set up. A regular wiring harness will not work. There are a couple of options for you. First, if you will not be towing the truck very often, I recommend using a magnetic light kit like # C-ATL20A if the motor home has a 4-Way flat, or # RM-2100 if the motor home has a 4-Way round connector. If you will be towing the truck frequently, I recommend a diode kit, # RM-154. I have included a link to a video...
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  • Base Plates and Tow Bar Compatible with a 2003 Ford Ranger
  • We do have two possible options for a 2003 Ford Ranger. First are base plates # 483-1, which will fit the XL and XLT models. Second is # 477-1 which will fit the Edge model with a tow hook. The base plates for a 1997 Ford Ranger, # 435-3, will not fit on a 2003 Ford Ranger. If you need a tow bar, I recommend the RoadMaster Tracker Tow Bar, # RM-020. With this tow bar, to make the XL extensions removable, you would also need Roadmaster Tow Bar Quick Disconnect Kit, # RM-201.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 1997 Ford Ranger with a Reese Tow Bar
  • A 2005 Ford Ranger and a 1997 Ford Ranger are different enough that you would not be able to use base plates from one on the other. You would need to get a new set for your 97, the Roadmaster XL Base Plate kit part # 435-3 would be an excellent choice. Now to get these base plates to work work with your Reese tow bar # 63180 you would need the Roadmaster Base Plate to Tow Ready Tow Bar Adapter # RM-025. For a lighting solution I would recommend the MaxxTow Magnetic Tow Lights # MT70097....
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 1997 Ford Ranger
  • We have several trailer hitches for your 1997 Ford Ranger but # 70181 will not fit. The Hidden Hitch equivalent for your truck is # 87161. Please note it will not fit GT models. If you plan on doing some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. If the...
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  • Basic Ladder Rack System Recommendation for the 1997 Mazda B2300
  • From the pictures that you provided, I am convinced that those rails are for a tonneau cover. If you are looking to install a ladder rack system on your 1997 Mazda B2300, I recommend going with the TracRac TracONE Truck Bed Ladder Rack, # TA27000-01. This system is very quick and easy to install. Just assemble the uprights and the crossbars, attach the crossbar to the top of the uprights, and clamp the uprights to the bed of your Mazda pickup. No drilling is required. I have attached...
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