I'm looking at Rangers,(Extended SuperCab) for everyday T/F work and DYI projects. Any advantages to the Flareside vs. the Styleside? I note the S. side has a 54" width at the tailgate but the F. side only measures 46". The distance between the wheel wells is about equal. Appreciate any suggestions or experiences with either type?
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The extended cabs are short boxes. Flairsides are narrow boxes. That's one strike too many!
If the styleside looks too plain for your tastes, consider stripes or splashes or a little air brush work.
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Do yourself a favor: get the styleside!
ONLY advantage to flareside is looks; IF that particular look is what appeals to you.
Have had several stepside/flareside pickups in my lifetime, including the present one, 2002 XLT 4X4. I would have prefered the styleside, but this one happened to be "one of those deals you can't pass up". Luckily, I have a nice 5x8 tilt-bed trailer for auxillary hauling capability, 'cause the flareside bed on an extra-cab ain't much force.
I went with the Styleside myself, although I do like the looks of the Flairside or Stepside as well. More storage room being the main reason. Personal preference will surely come into play here. Either one looks great!!
We bought our Styleside with DIY projects in mind. You said the Flareside's width at the tailgate is 46". A 4'x8' sheet of plywood or drywall wouldn't quick sit flat. We also never would have gotten our new couch and loveseat home in the Flareside (why pay delivery charge when you've got a truck?) You wouldn't think that extra 8" makes a difference, but you'd be amazed.
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