2017 ranger 15. adding front stabilizer jacks

gmtech

New Member
Oct 5, 2020
9
anyone know what size front stabilizer jacks to get? I know the rears are BAL but I cant find what size or where to buy. I found these on amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00M6D4QFY they get good reviews but im worried that they might hang down to low in the front and catch on things.
The closest BAL ones I found were 22inch and 200$ for both! and didn't come with the pads.
 

WrkrBee

Super Active Member
May 23, 2018
6,544
South Carolina
4" retracted sounds about right. Ours is about that size. I like the "special rolled edge makes them heavy duty" and "special reinforcement stamping". You get a drill guide sticker, also.
 
Aug 27, 2018
15
Elizabethtown, IN
Maybe measure the rear ones and get the same size? My question is how to mount them. I couldn’t figure it out on my 2015 Ranger 15. Need to see how they installed on an Expedition, I guess.
 

DMichael

New Member
Apr 4, 2017
6
I'm curious about what drill bit folks have used to get through the frame? I tried to put stabilizers on another popup and none of my drill bits could get through the frame.
 

SteveP

Super Active Member
May 21, 2015
2,729
Use a bit designed for metal and spray it with oil while drilling. Also helps to have a plug in type 1/2 inch drill.
You can sharpen drill bits by hand on a grinding wheel. YouTube. Been doing it for 40 years.
If you have a variable speed drill use a lower speed for hard steel, I keeps the bit from heating up as much and it will stay sharp longer. Takes less time in the long run.
 

Strawhouse

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Oct 4, 2015
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Muskoka, Ontario 🇨🇦
I'm curious about what drill bit folks have used to get through the frame? I tried to put stabilizers on another popup and none of my drill bits could get through the frame.
I installed 22” front stabilizers on my Ranger 15 OffRoad in 2018. I used a step drill bit. Easy peasy! They’re avail individually and in sets at Amazon and most hardware stores.
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Tait

Active Member
May 1, 2020
110
I drilled the bumper to install a rear-view camera.

My HSS drills would not do the job (even with lubrication and a new, albeit inexpensive, bit).; I bought a cobalt bit and it went through in just a few seconds.
 

gmtech

New Member
Oct 5, 2020
9
NHlakes . thanks does the original jack handle work for those? looks like it will from the pics
 

nhlakes

Active Member
Oct 15, 2011
707
DE and NH
NHlakes . thanks does the original jack handle work for those? looks like it will from the pics
Yes, same (3/4?) socket size as the originals. I never used the handle. Takes seconds to use a cordless drill and same socket works on the BAL leveler.

(Sold my Aliner to PointyCamper a few years ago. ;) )
 
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