Well I havent been on much in the past month due to my truck needing some attention
First off, I went and got my windows tinted,20% sides and 10% rear), on Friday the 20th. I went that night and cleaned and waxed the truck real good.
The next day, saturday, I was on my way to my moms wedding and my rear end decided it didnt want to go.. Something messed up and the spider gears shattered causing a c-clip to come off.
The drivers side wheel and axle came completly out of the axle tube, and left a few "beauty marks" on my bed.
. Did i mention this was all an hour before the wedding?
Monday came and i made a trip to a local place and pulled an explorer rear for $150. I went to the parts store and purchased all new rotors, calipers, pads, break lines, and fluid. To end that day i stripped the rear completly and removed all the gunk and surface rust.
My only other day off was Wed, so i woke up early that morning before it got to almost a 100degrees and completely removed the stock rear in less than an hour. My newly acquired stepfather took me to the shop where he works at and we cut the old perches and shock mounts off the 7.5 and reweled them onto the 8.8. This was pretty easy, just time consuming due to the amount of grinding that was required. After sealing up the rear and letting the fresh coat of paint dry, we loaded up and headed home to get the ranger moving again.
Got the rear installed that night and bled the breaks the next morning. 4way disks are AWESOME! They dont compare to the 10" drums that i had.
And that weekend I finally got around to raising my bumper to get rid of the bodylift gap. How do you guys who have done this have your hitched mounted?
All in all it was a good experince minus the body damage. I would reccomend the swap to anyone looking for better braking or just more strength. And I love the windows, and i havent had any problems with the law from them either.
Finally here are the pics(they are all cell phone pics though), Lemme know what you guys think, enjoy
Window tint in progress, you can still see the left side that has yet to be done, BIG difference
The difference from the inside
Finished and all cleaned up
What i opened my door to see
New rear all ready to be taken home and mounted
Random picture @ work
Dont remember if i ever posted this up before but my new OHC and Headliner
Another older random picture(GIANT fish too lmao)