I sold my JDM, as Korey calls it, in 2007 and looked around for a truck and ended up buying my 1999 ranger with 58k with the off road package. I never planned on doing a single thing to this truck but then i found RF and got the never ending mod bug/sickness that most, if not all of us on here get.
i got a bad habit of doing burnouts when i first got my truck so i bought a set of 265/75/16 (equivilant to 31s) all terrains
Did first real "mod", the cheap mesh behind the grille.
With the help of a friend, we built a subwoofer enclosure. Nothing special and it was both of our first times trying to make something like this but it served its purpose and actually sounded well. The cut-out on the bottom is for the "hump" on the floor of our trucks....subs are gone now though
Painted my radio bezel to match the truck....that rubbery coating is a b!tch to get off!
got a flowmaster exhaust with dual tips out the back. Now its chopped off and dumped with no tips because of the body lift.
First time down a trail i blew out the PVH hubs that come stock on the truck....garbage so i made the best investment of buying a set of AVM/Rugged Ridge manual locking hubs....til today, they work great
Picked up a set of clear corners
That LED conversion of the gauge cluster had me nervous and i never wanted to deal with taking the dash apart but i ended up giving in and beginning.
Done with stock cluster:
got sick of the stock wheels so i bought a set of Mickey Thompson Classic II 15" wheels
Found a set of 33x12.5x15 Kumho M/Ts for a deal i couldn't pass up at all on craigslist so i bought them....basically brand new
I obviously couldn't fit those tires stock so that meant it was time for the body lift to be purchased. Thanks to W1CKY for helping me with it.
Truck done with 33s mounted:
bought a set of hella 500s
There was a truck at the junkyard that was only the cab left...bed was gone, frame was gone, front end was basically gone and i couldn't tell what it was but i casually went to it one day and found it was an Fx4 ranger. Inside were black with grey insert bucket seats and center console (armrest was missing) along with black vinyl rear jumpseats and a silver radio bezel....I couldn't leave them there so i pulled them myself.
also found an explorer sport with white-faced gauge cluster so i couldn't leave that either
What the the hell is an OHC? did some research and there were many explorers at the junkyard so i pulled one. Thanks to the how-to written by the long gone and banned Marcus, I got rolling on the project. It was pretty iffy cutting the headliner but it went well.
(got 5hp for that sticker on visor btw)
Also did the played out mustang/taurus domelight mod
finally found an armrest for my center console. Thanks Matt (seed60) for trading for my hellas.
Also heard about "redding out" tail lights which have amber on them so they're all red. Thanks to Crazymikey, wherever you may be, for helping me via PM before doing it.
Finally got a rear hitch on the truck
Needed and wanted more storage so i bought a toolbox off of someone on here, drove to his house and picked it up.
The toolbox had two holes in the middle that were left when the original emblem was taken off so i came up with the idea of putting a ford oval over it...worked out great!
always wondered why the heck the cruise pods never lit up on some 98-00s so i did a bit of research and found out some weren't pre-wired for it, well they were but the connections were never finished so i finished them.
....LED sucked but its brighter now but no recent pics lol
bought a slide-in receiver with clevis that gets used when i get stuck lol....thanks Trevor!
at one point i became jealous of HozII's dsg centered/polished lip classic IIs so i asked him a few questions and began work on my own.
Always wanted a scangauge but never bought one because they're too bulky and I don't like places where i've seen most mounted. Thanks Korey for showing me the Aeroforce, much cleaner installation than the scangauge II's (in my opinion).
picked up a 33x12.5x15 all terrain for a spare (20 bucks) and still has the "new tire" markings on it...what a steal!
Always liked the look of the 01-03 airbags, yes airbags so i found one on craigslist for 20 bucks
My truck had a water leak somewhere so i was told to water test it. Wtf is water testing? i found out what it meant and required all of the interior to come out but it was well worth it...found out the location of the leak
I always loved the look of the 01-03 XLTs. After about a year of contemplating the swap, I started to collect the parts.
Sanded/prepped the grille shell and sprayed it with vermillion red
Sprayed the honeycomb black because faded grey looks like ****
found out the headlights were broken, here is one of them.
swap has begun!
03 header panel is on
Done! Ran the 99 hood for a while, same as the bumper/valence and fogs.
Thanks to Scrambler82 for telling me about this edge! Powerdome donor and even the same color as my truck!
As you can see in this picture on the passenger side headlight, the "Shield" that goes over the headlight bulb FELL OFF (damn certifit headlights) so this only meant one thing had to be done.
Headlight mod done!
Had plans of a front hitch so i bought another one of the receiver/clevis combo from Trevor. They're made really well and beefy. Again Thanks Trev!
...oh and beefier BL front bumper brackets made by Trevor too
Front Hitch welded on. Thanks Andrew (although you as well as Marcus are banned LOL)
Bought a PA
just for kicks.....the picture that started the LWG thread LMAO
scored a free vinyl floor FTW
got a sweet box in the mail that made me LOL with this inside.
CB antenna fender mount, coax and spring. Thanks Shane!!
4' firestik antenna mounted
Got a set of leather, powered explorer seats
I had to get some 06 corners and mod them to match the headlights haha
how the truck sat on June 1st
I went to pick up a rear axle from buckgnarly and also came home with this 01-03 bumper...small dent on it but i don't care u can barely notice it. Thanks Carl!
crappy pic, but i sold my 99 bumper/valence/fog combo and the next day i went out to buy a valence and fogs....still had to trim for front hitch
Trimmed for hitch
Got rid of the toolbox and picked up this 2 month old extang for a sweet deal, yes its the snap style but its serving its purpose and i love the look
got another set of hellas, mounted them behind grille on the header panel. lewkz gud
....and currently what im working on....8.8 all primed up but its now painted flat black. Needs outer seals and i need to put in the trac loc (which will soon be rebuilt)
Thanks to Justin, Korey, Shane, Trevor, Zach (Beard and Stone) and anyone else i may have missed who has helped me since I joined R/F and to Rick for keeping the site running smooth as it always has.
Also, it has been great meeting the members I have met in person, all great people
...There will be more to come.