So...I've been watching all you BAMF's and your projects for about 6 years and I've finally gotten the opportunity to start my own. I have a 2008 Ranger XLT 4WD that I bought in 2010.
It's been a great truck, other than basic maintenance I haven't had to do anything to it. However, about 2 months ago I noticed a weird looking spot in the bed. I went to push on it and my finger went all the way through. The bed had started to rust through from the bottom.
I'm not sure how it happened or why but I figured it was time for some drastic changes! There is a guy that we use for work that is a bad *** welder and he does custom bumpers for 4 wheel drive trucks so I asked if he could do an entire bed out of aluminum. He had never done one before but it sounded like an interesting project so he went for it. So he is in the process of making a custom front bumper, back bumper and bed. I have new wheels and tires in my possession and hopefully the lift kit will be here tomorrow or Wednesday. (No crazy single axle swaps or anything, just a 2-3" lift) The plan is to get the inside, fenders, and underneath of the bed done in Line X. The rest of the bed and the front and rear bumpers will be in a flat black.
Here are some pics of the progress so far:
And here is the wheel/tire package I went with. The tire size is LT285/75/R16
I'm pretty excited about this. I think it's going to look crazy when it's all finished up!