1986 Ford Ranger Prerunner - All In The Family
Years Of Experience Pay Off
Photography by Jordan May
A Cone Industries full-floating 9-inch rearend complements the high-quality Cone components used up front. The Cone 9-inch boasts the strength of 40-spline Moser axles, disc brakes, and Cone Industries' own full-floating hubs. The 9-inch's nodular-iron third member is stuffed with a 4.86 ring-and-pinion set that surrounds a no-nonsense full spool. To go with the front-end suspension, Robert installed the Newline Products bolt-on four-Link suspension kit that uses 2.5x14-inch King coilovers, 3x14-inch King bypass shocks, and Fox hydraulic bumpstops. In its present configuration that includes an unmodified factory frame, rear suspension travel measures 22 inches. More rear travel can be had by either notching or "kicking" the framerails to clear the way for more compression travel.
Wilwood brakes were also chosen for the rear using 11.75-inch rotors. Also found in the rear is a pair of Fluidyne oil and transmission coolers and a Ron David radiator.
You can tell by looking at this Ranger that everything was very well planned. From the perfect welds to the selection of just the right components. There are no "let's-see-how-this-will-work-here" parts on Robert's truck. Climbing into the cabin reveals the same formula one finds on the truck's exterior. Robert custom-made an aluminum dash and then wrapped it in black leather. An entire picnic of Nordskog gauges is found littering the dash, as well as a Lowrance GlobalMap GPS unit and Kenwood 110W race radio with remote-mounted faceplate. Both seats are made by MasterCraft and use Crow five-point race harnesses. Above the cabin and in front of the truck are six Hella HID off-road race lights. We can't forget to mention that Robert did all of the wiring himself and he even wired up a rearview camera with monitor display in the center of the dash to see who may be following a bit too closely. If you want to check out this amazing work of craftsmanship yourself, visit one of the popular races Robert attends or even try one of the local off-road conventions where it just might show up on display for adoring fans.
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