ok, time for a lil update i guess. the outside looks the same as the pics in my fall photo shoot thread.
on the inside, i put in my sport trac gauges, swapped in my MACH CD deck, and installed an A/C interrupt switch.
ive got a full length console and a OHC sittin in the garage waiting. as soon as my console lid shows up, ill swap that in. gettin the front windows and top of windshield tinted on monday. ill put the OHC in after the tint is finished
gonna order a EE rear sway bar tonight.
****EDIT; order completed!****
wouldnt ya know, ford decided to use different floor pan layouts for the different consoles. so it took some moddin and persuading, but its in. i cant wait to ditch the front cubby and have a manual shifter stickin thru there.....
ok, ive got a small confession to make. if you notice most of my previous pics are from the d.side of the truck there is a reason for that. when i did my initial quick drop, the truck leaned almost a complete inch to the left. it was hacked, and i tried to swap the leaves, but quickly concluded it was b/c of the differing amounts of preload required in the front. along with removin the torsion bolts, i took advantage of the sagged leafs and only used a 1" block. that left me with really soft rear springs.
so my mission today was to remedy this quick hack drop, and fix some ride issues. i built a modded rear leaf pack from a set of ranger leafs and my stock units. other than the main leaf, the ranger leafs are longer and thinner than the mounty. i took the shortest leaf from the mounty pack and added it to the bottom of the ranger pack givin me a 5leaf pack with a slightly higher rate than a stock 4dr pack and better ride due to the thinner, longer leaves.
you can see there that i have also added an EE rear bar(1.125" ), and swapped to a 2" block. the higher rate gave me 1" of "lift." its not really lift so much as correcting my original sag issue.
i found out my shackles were spent, so i fabbed up a set to replace them
now for the front in order to gain the adjustability i needed to level the truck out i picked up a set of drop keys from AIM. i know everyone "flips" their keys for free, but i dont like the idea. i dropped the $40 and got keys, and im glad i did.
they look great. the machine work is good. and i dont hafta worry about the key sittin in the guide block the wrong way, or the dimple on the backside of the key.
the black one is the stocker. you can see the rotation of the key way.
so now as soon as i get a chance, ill add a couple pics of the new ride height. wont look much different though cause the new ride height is the same as the d.side old ride height
next up is to shorten the rear endlinks. the swaybar is very close to my IRS diff cover, and actually touches over bumps if the truck is loaded.