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  #4851  
Old 01-17-2016
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I am: scott mylius
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: san jose, ca
Vehicle: 2000 Ranger
Drive Type: 4x4
Engine: 4.0
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271,168 Changed front hubs, replaced calipers, brake reservoir, and front sway bar end-links.
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Old 01-22-2016
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I am: Karl Durell
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Location: FL
Vehicle: Ford Ranger
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Total Props: -2
Installed wheels spacers since my tires rub a bit when turning.
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Old 02-01-2016
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I am: Zach
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Gainesville ga
Vehicle: 1996 Ranger
Drive Type: 4x2
Engine: 2.3
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1996 Ford 2.3

Replaced the tps sensor and took it for a "spirited drive" ha-ha its been in the garage for days all because of a single sensor :) runs like a champ again
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Old 02-04-2016
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I am: A. Deperdussin
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: San Carlos, CA
Vehicle: 1993 Ranger
Drive Type: 4x2
Engine: 3.0
Posts: 51
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Had these things done at an independent shop:

Fix rear brakes (new brake shoes, new adjuster hardware, new brake drums).

Check front wheel brake pads.

Clean and lube front wheel bearings.

Flush brake fluid.

Replaced valve cover gaskets and grommets, and upper intake manifold gasket.

Check engine mounts.
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Old 02-08-2016
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I am: Trevor Galvez
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Long Island, NY
Vehicle: 1997 Ford Ranger
Drive Type: 4x4
Engine: 4.0
Posts: 150
Total Props: 0
Took my ranger out on a test drive after the sas
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Old 02-18-2016
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I am: Josh Dvorak
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Eden Prairie, MN
Vehicle: 2006 Ford Ranger XLT
Drive Type: 4x4
Engine: 4.0
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Installed a new cat-back exhaust and went drifting on a lake
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Old 02-21-2016
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I am: Rube Ruben
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Berkeley CA
Vehicle: 2000 Ford XLT
Drive Type: 4x2
Engine: 3.0
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Old 02-26-2016
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I am: Zach
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Location: Gainesville ga
Vehicle: 1996 Ranger
Drive Type: 4x2
Engine: 2.3
Posts: 32
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Coming back from town my gas pedal broke. Luckily I made it to the side of the road.. Ended up duck taping the pedal to my shoe so that I could pull the cable with my foot... Don't judge. Drove it to a friend's where we are currently awaiting a resupply of flux core. Hopefully ill have it back on the road tomorrow.
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Old 02-28-2016
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I am: James Donahue
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Lowell, MA
Vehicle: 2003 Ford Ranger
Drive Type: 4x4
Engine: 4.0
Posts: 69
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Last week, a buddy and I replaced all of my brake pads on my Ranger. A few days ago, my front passenger side brake line blew, so we replaced that as well. Unfortunately, most of the line connections were rusted solid, but after some WD-40 application and rest time, we got everything apart. Bled the brakes and we were back on the road.
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Old 02-29-2016
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I am: Nigel N
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Location: NOVA
Vehicle: Ford Ranger
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I had a spare set of hella super tones from when I had them on my WRX... I since bought new ones for my STi, thinking these were bad, when in reality it was the relay that was bad...

Re-painted the grills bright red, and installed them on the truck. Now I have the two stock horns and the two front facing supertones.... it's LOUD AF!

I'll get better pictures, these are shitty.

Really simple to wire up, incase anyone needs the info or it helps someone:

Relay:

Pin 30: + battery
Pin 86: blue signal wire of exsiting horn wire (There was black and blue wires)
Pin 85: Ground
Pin 87: + wire going to horns.

(Then just ground each horn to the body/frame/metal on metal..etc.)

Works with my keyless entry/panic and pressing the horn switch.

-Nigel
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Old 03-01-2016
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I am: Mike
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: USA
Vehicle: 2004 Ford Ranger
Drive Type: 4x2
Engine: 2.3
Posts: 18
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Today I cleaned the seats with a foam cleaner. It helped get rid of the cigarette smell that is in the truck.
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Old 03-07-2016
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I am: Karl Durell
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Location: FL
Vehicle: Ford Ranger
Posts: 140
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New brake pads installed, and drove it around.
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Old 03-07-2016
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I am: Rob
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Drayton ON
Vehicle: 2008 Ford Ranger
Drive Type: 4x4
Engine: 4.0
Posts: 14
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Continued trying to solve my door ajar switch issue. Hit a bump, it goes on. Hit a bump it turns off. Repeat for each bump.
Still no luck
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Old 03-12-2016
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I am: John Parker
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Almo
Vehicle: 2001 Ford Ranger
Drive Type: 4x2
Engine: 4.0
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Watched dome light repair fail

I resealed the rear window today...haven't tested it but I think it's OK. While doing this the dome light fell off. It seems the bulbs are glued in. PO (previous owner) busted the light trying to remove the bulbs and never got them out. I got them out and repaired the light with super glue but it didn't hold. backto the drawing board on that one.

Happy Trails, God Bless. John
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Old 03-14-2016
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I am: John Parker
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Almo
Vehicle: 2001 Ford Ranger
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Engine: 4.0
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Rear window test

Yesterday I resealed the rear window. Today I took "Ranger Doug" to the car wash and gave him a thorough cleaning. I am glad to report that the window repair was a resounding success. ALL KIND OF HIGH PRESSURE WATER FROM ALL DIFFERENT ANGLES AND NARY A LEAK ANYWHERE.
I also re=repaired the dome light. This time I used JB WELD and so far it is solid. I think I have this one solved.
I also put a box in the bed that I can use for weather sensitive articles so I don't have to carry them in the cab. It's an old steel ARMY radio box that's in excellent shape, completely weather proof. I strapped it in so it doesn't move and now I have a small removable trunk in my bed! 8^)
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Old 03-18-2016
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I am: Karl Durell
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Location: FL
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Replaced both front bearing hubs and spark plugs.
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Old 04-19-2016
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I am: Rob
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Drayton ON
Vehicle: 2008 Ford Ranger
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Engine: 4.0
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Used my Ranger to pull a loaded 12' enclosed trailer 202 kms to move my son. With his rolling toolboxes, big compressor and all his furniture it was a pretty heavy load. My Ranger handled it like it wasn't even trying :) Even seems to be running a bit better now than it was before!

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Old 04-19-2016
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I am: Jeff H
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Location: Claremont, CA
Vehicle: 2001 Ford Edge
Drive Type: 4x2
Engine: 4.0
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Got bad news

Listened to what I think was a timing chain giving up last week while cruising at 65 mph. Computer tells me misfire in #1 and #2, compression test tells me less than 30 pounds in each cylinder.

Anyone have a lead on engine rebuilder in SoCal?
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  #4869  
Old 04-20-2016
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I am: David
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Maine
Vehicle: 1999 Xlt
Drive Type: 44
Engine: 3.0
Posts: 10
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Suspension

Has anyone tried one of the cheap front end kits from 1a,Detroit axel,or am auto?they are less then half price.are they as good as what I would get from auto zone, or o Riley's?
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  #4870  
Old 04-29-2016
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I am: James Donahue
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Lowell, MA
Vehicle: 2003 Ford Ranger
Drive Type: 4x4
Engine: 4.0
Posts: 69
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From what I've heard, Detroit Axle makes good stuff, I just ordered wheel bearing assemblies from them. I'll post about it after I put them on my truck.
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  #4871  
Old 05-09-2016
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I am: James Donahue
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Location: Lowell, MA
Vehicle: 2003 Ford Ranger
Drive Type: 4x4
Engine: 4.0
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I cleaned the interior of my truck today. Took off my bed cap and tailgate, cleaned out all the crap and trash from the bed and hosed it down. Never put them back on and the acceleration improved on my way to work today lol might just be the placebo effect but it feels good.
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Old 05-09-2016
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I am: Brian Neal
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Vehicle: 2000 Ford Ranger
Drive Type: 4X2
Engine: 3.0
Posts: 23
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Restoring my 2000 Ranger Trailhead

I've done a few things over the last couple weeks and documented all the work on my facebook page. The album is available to the public if anyone is interested. Below is a list of what I've done so far:
Installed bluetooth touchscreen radio with backup camera.
Sandblasted frame and underside of the bed and body (took the bed off to do all of this)
Coated the underside and frame with spray can bed liner.
Replaced the corroded wheels with an exact match set of clean ones
Replaced split bench seat with recovered buckets from a 2004 explorer sport trac.
Replaced the standard pillar covers with ones from a 4X4 to add the grab handles.
Replaced the stock black rusted step bars wit hpolished stainless steel nurf bars
Stripped the front bumper down to metal. Repainted it with a matching color.
Adding a front bull bar. I just finished painting it to match the bumper.

Anyone else have a Trailhead? If you are looking for the bumper/grille paint color, Ford will be clueless. The vin only provides the body paint color. Anyway, after much searching, I found a match. Dupli-Color Perfect Match - Touch Up Paint - Dark Shadow Gray. I found it at O'Riellys on the shelf, but other stores may have it or can order it.


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Old 05-10-2016
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I am: Major Dudley III
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Jenks OK
Vehicle: 2000 Ford Ranger XL
Drive Type: 4x2
Engine: 2.5
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got the one shock i needed to finally install my 4/5 drop and now the radiator has a small leak around the area between the cap and the core, truck doesn't get over normal temps and every time I've looked inside its full...guess ill just keep a close eye on it till i can get a new radiator then I'm just gotta do a full flush, and do a timing belt, water pump, thermostat change....still need to do plugs and wires...
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Old 05-13-2016
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I am: Karl Durell
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Flushed coolant and transmission. Washed and polished the rims.
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Old 05-14-2016
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I am: Jim Hale
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Vehicle: 2000 ford Ranger
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Took nuts off motor mounts, transmission mounts removed a whole lot of bunk and cables from tranny, motor would be out if I hadn't been doing it by myself. I could probably get the motor out but I don't want to damage anything removing the hood. Hood isn't heavy but it is large.

I can't get the bolts out of the thing that holds the drive shaft to the rear end. 12MM 12PT socket and a 1/2 impact...no luck. Going to put it on the rack and use a breaker bar and a pipe.
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