well what are you planning on using the dually for? i mean is it just a show thing or you just hope for more towing compasity in a bite size truck? Well if it was the first JC witney does make an adapter that alows you to bolt on 2 tires to one mounting plate. problem is unless you r are thing just show you got alot to worry about in your wheel bearings that will wear out almost 3 times as fast and the added weight of another set of tires and rims. IF its the second then just buy a diesel daul. The cost would almost equal out to about as much if not more and you wouldn't have to worry about all the problems with body flex, reinforcing the fram for the bigger axel and all your prayers that it works for more then a week. Before my acident though i did plan as a shock to show up to a few shows with the jc witney adapters on the front and the back, then remove it for dally driving. But with the big boom and crushed civic so went that dream
__________________ OHHHH i get it!! Racing a civic is just like playing poker. You put everything on the table praying knowone will call your bluff.
Hi, I have a dually Ranger based on the JC Whitney kit.
Not sure where everyone gets the worn bearings thing from, guess they all just figure it makes sense. I've read some pretty crazy explanations of why it happens. Fact is it's not something to be worried about. The bearings on my truck have not worn out and the dually conversions was done 80,000K ago. It places no more pressure on the bearings then bolting on a set of 50's which is to say the bearings will wear a little sooner prehaps but pretty much all major modifications increase maintenance requirements. I do run the outside tires at a considerably lower psi then the inside ones to minimize pressure on the bearings and of course I use very light aluminum rims.
As for the extra payload, well there is none with this kit. JC Witney's description claims otherwise but IMO they are blowing smoke. IMO this is strickly a visual modification.
Is it worth the trouble for a strictly visual enhancment. We I've owned quite a few custom vehicles and none got the kinda of attention this thing does. Mind you, there is a lot more done to it then just the JC Whitney kit.
I'm thinking of doing a 1st gen Dakota extracab long bed dually conversion once I finish the 61 Rambler ragtop I'm working on.
1/2 the point is to be different isn't it? otherwise we might as well buy a chev :-)
A friend had a Toyota mini-motorhome (circa mid-70's) that was a dually. It looked like a stock rear axle with special rims. Each special dual rim set-up appeared to be made of one stock rim/center section (inside) and a second rim (sans center section) welded to a circular spacer. I think the chassis had larger springs, shocks and anti-sway bar. A good machine/welding shop might be able to make you a set out of steel Ranger wheels. I say GO FOR IT!
there was a early ('82-'88) series 2wd ranger on a lot last summer that had the dually kit and a 302 in it, looks cute, but silly on a shortbed. i saw a s/c once that had the dually fenders but with really wide single rear tires. diesel? wished they would offer us one in about 200 c.i.d. the 6.9 (or other V8 ) would kill the front suspention.
You want to build a dually Ranger? Then you build a dually Ranger. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't or shouldn't do what you want. I have thought about this very idea myself. I was thinking of using a 93 or newer and using the flares from a Splash or flare side bed because the body lines would already match. If you "Do the Dewly" I would love to see pics.
In my opinion, there is no such thing as a waste of money if it is something that you enjoy. The whole point of having a bartering medium is to have our wants and needs met more readily. As far as the swap goes, there is a Ranger about 40 miles north of me that is an ex cab, dually longbed. I could ask him what hes got going on with it if I'm ever up that way, but thats not likely. He painted the thing black, but its got bass boat metal flake in it. It is a beautiful little truck. Chrome bumpers and grille. He also lifted it a few inches. Its got a visor on it too. Its an '89, and with the lift it looks almost like an F-150 dually. I say GO FOR IT! Also for the dual rear wheels, you may be able to get longer wheel studs, and use one set of wheels bolted on the right way, and then another set bolted on backwards. (that was intended as a joke)
i know arrowcraft makes a kit for the fenders...as for spacers...i have no idea....
I had never heard of arrowcraft so I went and had a look at arrowcraft.com. It made me come back to post a followup.
The Arrowcraft kit appears to be a far better quality kit then the JC Whitney kit that is on my truck. I am basing this solely on the photo's on the site but the adapter looks far superiour although they give no price.
THe Whitney kit will run you $1000 for the adapter and fenders.
Last edited by BinaryWhisper; 12-22-2005 at 11:16 AM.
hey just wondering if u had any pics i am wanting to do that to my truck i have a dually fender kit but dont know who made it and the fenders are shorter in height than some of the other ones i have seen , my truck is bagged and sits low so i couldnt use mine thanks
I, too believe that the JC Whitney kit is kinda chinsey I believe its made by a company called "Rikka" something like that-the Arrowcraft kits are far superior and I would just use a nice factory wheel on the rear, I didn't realize that Arrowcraft made fenders too.
I remember in the 80s FORD built a special model of Ranger and used some extra wide fenders and extra wide wheels on the back-I think that looked good!!
If I were to build a Ranger Dually I'd start with a SuperCab & long bed, may be find a diesel powered Ranger for the engine and transmission-may be use some type of Ranger stepside fenders grafted onto the regular bed bed sides to create it to make it look as factory as possible-I think it would be a cool project!!
Talk about a dead horse coming back to life - most of the entries date to late 2005.
If anyone is interested in either the diesel conversion or the dually setup should do a search in FTE for Ranger diesels or check it out on You Tube.
Four cylinder Cummins diesel engines are used in a lot of delivery trucks, so getting an engine should not be a problem. Getting a transmission and driveline may present more of a challenge. A rear axle out of a Ranger FX (one with a Torsen differential) shouldn't be too difficult.
I think this would be a very interesting project (I've considered it from time to time).
My older brother did something like this with a Dodge van, Perkins diesel, Olds F-85 turbo, two Ford manual transmissions (one a 4 speed close ratio, the other a 3 speed wide ratio) and a custom built drive shaft. He had lots of help from guys in the machine shop where he worked. Unfortunately, he hit a deer and totaled the van.
2008 XLT, 2.3 DOHC, 5R44e Automatic, 7.5" axle, 4.10 gears, 50 K miles
Motorcraft Blend in Engine, PS, PB, A/C, 225/70 x 15 Continental ContiTrac RWL tires,
extended cab, 6' bed, Access tonneau cover.
Previous vehicle: 1991 XLT, 2.3 SOHC (Lima), M5OD, 7.5 axle 3.45 gears. Donated to a charity.
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