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Old 07-27-2014
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Seafoamed mine. Did about a 1/3rd in each the gas tank, vacuum line, and the crank case. Let it sit for about 30 minutes. Not a whole lot of smoke. Gonna have my oil changed next week.
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Swapped the cabin incandescent bulb for an LED.

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Old 07-29-2014
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Replaced a heat stressed and broke tailgate handle with a replacement from LMJ Truck Parts. It was bound to happen sooner than later and I'd already bought the part.
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Swapped the cabin incandescent bulb for an LED.

Looks nice! Where did you purchase it? Also how many smd's does it have? I've been wanting to do this easy mod just haven't gotten around d to it. Same for taillights, lol.

Most importantly are you satisfied with it?
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I did the same upgrade and if I remember correctly the first "cool white" bulbs I bought were too darn bright so I toned it down some with a warmer LED. I purchase all my LED stuff from Super Bright LED.com and they have never steered me wrong. The only problem I had was in removing the lense from the dome light base without damaging it. The damn thing snaps on with no logical or apparent way of unsnapping it other than brute force. Of course I ended up breaking one of the tabs off but a little Gorilla Glue took care of that. Follow the guide in Super Bright LED even if you don't buy the bulbs from them.
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Quite the line-up I had planned out today, along with cleaning the garage:P

So, started by cleaning my K&N filter, here it is as it was:


Here it is after 2 cleans:


An, here is once re-oiled:


While the filter was air drying, I decided to remove that ugly noise reducer in the hood:


And, I also relocated the CB to the top of the dash:
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Looks nice! Where did you purchase it? Also how many smd's does it have? I've been wanting to do this easy mod just haven't gotten around d to it. Same for taillights, lol.

Most importantly are you satisfied with it?
Thanks bud, got them on ebay from this guy.

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These are the ones I bought.


Paid like five bucks and change for (5) pcs. Love them!...Talk about instant gratification.
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Ran to town and got a new Overdrive Cancel Switch and some F-250 shocks for my pending lift.
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I did the same upgrade and if I remember correctly the first "cool white" bulbs I bought were too darn bright so I toned it down some with a warmer LED. I purchase all my LED stuff from Super Bright LED.com and they have never steered me wrong. The only problem I had was in removing the lense from the dome light base without damaging it. The damn thing snaps on with no logical or apparent way of unsnapping it other than brute force. Of course I ended up breaking one of the tabs off but a little Gorilla Glue took care of that. Follow the guide in Super Bright LED even if you don't buy the bulbs from them.
SuperBrightLED I have bought from before. They have great knowledge and customer service. The reason I ask is because there are so many choices for a single application. 3 SMDS may be to low, 5 just right but 8 to many (for example). I'll have to get a warmer LED as you suggest, the cool whites are bright. I put in a single SMD white led and it was bright, but not bright enough. I almost snapped the stupid cover as well, hah. I just haven't gotten around to it. I really should.
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Thanks bud, got them on ebay from this guy.

led-motor | eBay

These are the ones I bought.


Paid like five bucks and change for (5) pcs. Love them!...Talk about instant gratification.
I'm always cautious about Ebay, but if you have great results I'll have my wife purchase them (I don't have a paypal. no idea why?). Are the 30 SMD's sufficient or to much? Probably work for Taillight too, I think its the same base.
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I'm always cautious about Ebay, but if you have great results I'll have my wife purchase them (I don't have a paypal. no idea why?). Are the 30 SMD's sufficient or to much? Probably work for Taillight too, I think its the same base.
So far so good, out of the five I got, I put one in the cabin, one in the third brake light.. its the same bulb, and the other three in my wife's third brake light as well. The PT Cruiser uses 3 so there they went.

As far as brightness goes, they're as white as 6k HIDs which is right up my alley. And if they all fail tomorrow, no big loss, its only five bucks.

And whenever possible get a Pay-Pal account, it makes life so much easier.
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So far so good, out of the five I got, I put one in the cabin, one in the third brake light.. its the same bulb, and the other three in my wife's third brake light as well. The PT Cruiser uses 3 so there they went.

As far as brightness goes, they're as white as 6k HIDs which is right up my alley. And if they all fail tomorrow, no big loss, its only five bucks.

And whenever possible get a Pay-Pal account, it makes life so much easier.
I think I'll get them shortly. It'll be one less thing to do to the truck, hah. Sounds like it'll be perfect. I've always used a certain credit card for online purchases, hardly ever bought from Ebay only my wife does. Lol.
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Installed the vinyl floor

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started the good ol shackle replacement today. Wow, what a pain. Damn near impossible to get the bolt of out the spring. I'm gonna have fun tomorrow!!
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Got my new Rancho RS5000 (RS5374) front shock, replaced em. They are really 2in longer than the stock 2011 FX4 Ranchos.


Also, found out why my truck was leaning to the right...the right t-bar was not cranked to the same level as the left...ain't gonna be dealing with that garage no more...
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Got my new Rancho RS5000 (RS5374) front shock, replaced em. They are really 2in longer than the stock 2011 FX4 Ranchos.


Also, found out why my truck was leaning to the right...the right t-bar was not cranked to the same level as the left...ain't gonna be dealing with that garage no more...
i have read horror stories about those shocks

i had to crank my torsion bars to the max and use a pry bar to get my reflex shocks to align with the bottom mounting holes , then return the torsion bars back down to the pre measured level

( just a word of advice -- grab some extra stainless nuts and use them them for the top mounting stud - they will prevent any rust from forming on the stud threads - )

it makes it easier to remove the shocks later on if you need to replace them
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i have read horror stories about those shocks

i had to crank my torsion bars to the max and use a pry bar to get my reflex shocks to align with the bottom mounting holes , then return the torsion bars back down to the pre measured level

( just a word of advice -- grab some extra stainless nuts and use them them for the top mounting stud - they will prevent any rust from forming on the stud threads - )

it makes it easier to remove the shocks later on if you need to replace them
The shocks came with 4 top stud bolts. And for the torsion bar crank you're speaking of, I've got the Readylift keys, cranked to their full 2.25in
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Alot is happening to the truck these days, all the ordered parts and products are coming in at the same time.
Today I started sanding my ''ugly'' red camper shell, gonna color match her:
Here it is before;


And as of now;
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Old 08-14-2014
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Installed my new 06+ Tail lights.


And modded my 06+ Mirrors to fit.


Hopefully installing them later on today.
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Old 08-15-2014
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Warrantied my MOOG upper control arms/ball joints through rock auto. They should be here on Tuesday. When I send them back and get credited the money back, I'll be ordering bilstein 5100 shocks. Gonna do tie rods at the same time since I'll have to get an alignment after the upper ball joints anyway.
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Drove it and used a charger on the battery.

Getting it inspected tomorrow. Getting motivated to finish all of the mods that I have yet to finish.
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Old 08-16-2014
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Got the 06+ mirrors put on today. Had to mod them a little more than I thought I would but I wasn't happy with the fit before. So much more visibility!
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Started work on repairing the ever failing center console lid...



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Old 08-27-2014
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Had to change a tire in the school parking lot after someone cut my valve stem..... then this weekend will fix left rear shackle arm hopefully and in the weeks to come maybe a pinion seal
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Icon7 Did a little surgery on the rear end

Replaced all the bearing and seals in the rear diff. Replaced rear break cylinders and pads. Cleaned, buffed, lubed, and generally doted on all parts of my rear axle assembly. Tomorrow we drop out the front diff for some lovin'!
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