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|Be aware that MOOG has introduced an economy line of suspension parts, presumably to remain competitive. These parts are generally sourced from China and the jury is still out on whether they are more comparable to other MOOG parts or to the average budget Chinese parts.
How does one tell which is which?
In the past, MOOG part numbers for Rangers had a "K" first letter for the [more or less] domestic line.. Lately that seems to have morphed to "CK" A lot of these are the North American parts that we have been using for years but a K or CK does not necessarily guarantee that. A K or CK does seem to mean that they are from MOOG's premium (more expensive) group.
If you see an "RK" as the first letters in a part number, that is from the MOOG economy line, most likely from Asia.
These are my own observations based on what I've seen poking around in parts lists and I think they are correct. If anyone has any better info, please set me straight.
4x2 vs 4x4 for 98~2011:
Actually, this is more correctly divided into coil spring suspension vs torsion bar suspension. Most parts do NOT interchange between the 2 groups.
All 98~2011 coil spring Rangers are 2WD.
Torsion bar trucks can be 4WD or 2WD.
2WD Rangers with torsion bars include the 2000 Trailhead, 2001~2005 Edge and the 2006~2011 Sport.
All 98~2011 4x4 Rangers were equipped with torsion bars, regardless of model.
2003 FX4 Level II, Supercharged 5.0L V8, Headers, Duals, BW4406 manual T/C
Aussie Locker, Torsen L/S, 4.10's, Bilstein 7100 rezzies, Cadillac/Mustang rear discs, Duff traction bars
Keypad Entry, Lock LEDs, sway bar discos, Heated seats, Explorer EATC, Trip Computer and consoles
2016 C-MAX Energi (plug-in Hybrid)
2011 Taurus SEL (highway cruiser)
2003 Ranger 2.3L M5ODR1 Regular Cab (drudge)