paint the grill black. it will look better. wouldnt consider it "murdered out" you still have all your emblems plus the wheels and toolbox.
heck just get you an stx grill
I guess I just don't like how you can see stuff behind the grille with the black. If I paint those black, then it will be "get black rims", "paint your toolbox black" etc. I do however like the 06+ grilles. Stx grilles are nice but they are hard to find.
Nope... the body lift is still on there. I just have a seperate thread for that. It came right after I got the 33's in May 2010. I did have to put my step bars back on because I had knee surgery, it's a lot easier to get in that way :)
EDIT: Merged Body Lift thread in with this build thread.
looks good, if I were you I would either redye that plastic on the rear bumper or at least hit it with some armour all cause it looks a little faded and everything else on the truck looks sooo good. Just a thought for the edge decals, you could try covering them with chrome hvac tape.
Cutting into the headliner for the ohc is tough but just take your time and I only went a little bit at a time and always cut a little less than I had to just to be on the safe side. Its a fairly easy install though.
Hate to say it but on my yellow edge I had the same feeling about the stupid orange edge stickers that dont go with anything! But what I did was went to the mall to one of those sticker making kiosks. Picked out a color, font, and size then put them on that was over 2 years ago and they aren't faded and I say add a nice touch that really only other ranger owners notice. Plus its really cheap to do I'm pretty sure they were only a couple bucks and I put the one on each side and then because I can added one where your 4x4 sticker is on the tailgate. Its a little smaller but I really like it. Ill grab some pics soon to show ya.
Thanks guys. Bumper was painted a year ago... put like 4 coats of krylon fusion on it. I suppose it probably does need a touch up. Still looks better than it used to.
Not sure I'm still gonna change the edge decals, will probly end up removing them altogether.
Chris, I'm not sure what would be involved in using the 04 wheel on 03.
Brian... loving the black gauge faces. I will admit it makes em harder to see during the day, but that just gives me an excuse to turn on the LED's, lol.
Also stopped by 4wheelparts today and priced out tires and wheels. Was gonna cost me more to pick them up there, then it would to order online... kinda gay. I might be holding off longer than I originally planned for new wheels/tires. :(
This stuff is expensive but absolutely amazing.. a little bit goes a long way.
After about 5-10 minutes of polishing by hand:
And while I was at it.. I bought a clay bar kit.
Next to my beater 1989 Honda Accord that I had when I lived in Oceanside, CA.. did some rubbing compound, scratch X and claybar and wax on it also:
A cool trick I found in the Honda forums for faded black plastic.. use a heat gun on it and it brings out the pigment. NOTE: This is not a good permanent fix.. it faded again, kind of quickly.. but if you keep up on it regularly.. it's a quick option. Otherwise, I would recommend just doing Krylon Fusion spray paint.
So.. in the late summer of 2011, I was never truly happy with the billet grille look. So I was always on the lookout on craigslist for different stuff and got REALLY lucky and saw someone selling an Sport/STX grille that happened to be black, PERFECT! If I recall correctly I only paid about $40-50 for it, and they met me half way. I knew how hard they were to find, so I snatched it and it's been on the truck since and I haven't looked back. LOVE it.
So.. I ended up getting married in Oct 2011.. and started preparing to go to Japan for 3 years. Wasn't taking the truck so I drove it from CA to Indiana to store it at my brother's house while I was gone.. also towed the Accord all the way across the country.
It got cold on the trip (Dec 2011). I think this was somewhere in New Mexico or Texas.
Stopping off in Minnesota to stay with the wife's family for a few days.. first snow the truck had seen since I owned it.
Gonna try to catch this up to where I'm at today..
While I was in Japan.. My truck stayed at my brother's. He drove it occasionally, and would send me pictures. We would talk on the phone and he would go start it so I could hear it. Needless to say I missed my truck.
So.. while in Japan. They have some pretty awesome public transportation.. but walking everywhere else kind of sucks.. so I bought a car. Then I bought a bike. Learned how to ride while in Japan.. that was interesting for sure.
The car I bought was a 2000 BMW 318ti hatchback. Pretty cool little car.. and cars are cheap there.. I think I paid $2800 for it.
My first bike was 1997 Suzuki Savage LS400. Single Cylinder, 400cc. Incredible balance. I could stop at a stop-light and not put my feet down for a few seconds. Great first bike. Only paid $1000 for it.
And.. a picture of the little truck I rented to pick it up in.. thing sounded like a weed-eater. Not much bigger than a ranger, if at all. IMG_0206.jpg Photo by RLong31 | Photobucket
So.. I had sold the BMW because I was just over it. Ended up buying a 1996 Toyota RAV4. For some reason I don't have a single picture of it. It was ugly anyway.. you guys aren't missing much.
Fast forward to this September. I'm moving back to Cali a little bit early. Found out I have a thyroid disease and decided to come back here for that. Managing it with medication. Not life threatening.. just annoying to deal with.
So.. we sold my wife's car before we left. So I had to find her something. I love the Ford Fusions.. so we went and looked at one that was more her style. Shiny rims and basically a purple/maroon car.