Originally Posted by Kevin514
I am missing the inter fender that goes in the wheel well on the driver's side. It looks like it is 1/4" felt board or something like that. It stops water and mud from getting up to the engine where would be the best place to get this? and what is it even called? I went to one junkyard but they didn't have any rangers that fit the year, Anyone know how much Ford would want for this? Im trying to decide wether or not it would be worth buying it new or just keep checking junkyards. Thanks
The long driver side (DS) splash guard was shortened to 1/4 length about 2002/2003. Then the [totally useless] shortened shield was discontinued altogether somewhere around 2004/2005.
As I understand it, the DS fender well area was opened up to help lower underhood temperatures during desert testing running high volatility fuels. Ford has to build vehicles that will perform well in a wide range of worst-case conditions and Ford's self-imposed internal test procedures get more stringent every year.
Since I don't live where it's extremely hot and I don't usually run gasoline with alcohol, I decided that it would be OK to install a splash guard on the DS of my truck. After all, Rangers came from the factory with both splash shields for many years prior to 2002/2003.
Adding a shield to the driver side:
The current passenger side (PS) shield is identical to the DS shield on earlier models except the push pins are pushed in backwards. So, it is very easy to install a PS shield on the DS by reversing the pins. The added shield keeps the engine compartment MUCH cleaner in muddy conditions. A very worthwhile mod.
Don't bother trying to order a new driver side guard from an earlier model Ranger (like I did the first time, LOL). The DS part number has been superceded to the 1/4 length guard that is completely useless. Instead, order a new PASSENGER SIDE guard from the dealer and reverse the pins as explained above - mine cost $14 new a few years ago, I think the shield is about $20 now.
PS part number: F87Z-16102-AA