A few of my junkyard mods. - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


Exterior Semi-Tech General discussion of exterior for the Ford Ranger.
Sponsored by:
Sponsored by:

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 04-20-2010
Ranger_Envy's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Newton, Ks
Posts: 845
A few of my junkyard mods.

I've been looting parts off an 05 FX4 here recently and pretty pleased with the results.
The first thing is my new grille guard.

It started life as a Westin brush guard off the FX4. The truck had been rolled and I honestly had no idea how messed up the guard was until I got it home and tried to bolt it on. As the guard looked pretty straight when compared to the truck. When I tried to mount the guard on my 04 the part that wraps around the pass. side head light was actually hitting dead center of the head light so I knew I was in trouble. I spent about 4 hours straightening it with BFH's and a porta power. I finally decided there was no saving the pass. side head light guard and chopped them off and painted it in bed liner.



The grand total investment was $38. $20 for the guard, $10 in grinding/sanding wheels, and $8 in bedliner. The original upper mounting brackets mounted to the outside of the guard so I'll be modifying them to move them to the inside. I hope they add some rigidity to the guard.

The last couple of things I picked up were a transfer case skid plate and a gas tank skid plate off the FX4. They cost me $20 a pop, which is a tad more than I wanted to spend but not totally out of line considering I got the tank straps and mounting hardware.



I've got a set of 02-04 Level II tow hooks on the way too. I should have them by the end of the week.

Last edited by Ranger_Envy; 04-20-2010 at 08:12 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-20-2010
ranger4.0's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: cambridge, ontario
Posts: 3,922
Oh la la she's a lookin sexy!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-20-2010
Level III Supporter
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: usa
Posts: 24,936
looks good man
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-20-2010
btm757's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Norfolk / Chesapeake, VA
Posts: 3,980
Why cant I find stuff this nice at the Junkyard
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-20-2010
seed60's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (15)
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Mooresville, NC
Posts: 5,584
Quote:
Originally Posted by btm757 View Post
Why cant I find stuff this nice at the Junkyard
x2 Nice scores!

I want that gas tank skid.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-20-2010
Ranger_Envy's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Newton, Ks
Posts: 845
Thanks guys. Its kind of fun JY hunting for Ranger parts because you can actually get some pretty good deals every now and then when the yard doesn't realize what they have. Back when I had a 4th gen F-body as soon as you said Camaro you can expect to spend a lot of $$$$$$.

Quote:
Originally Posted by seed60 View Post
I want that gas tank skid.
Are gas tank skids hard to come by? There is another yard that has an FX4 in it that may or may not have a tank skid. If they're super rare I can grab another one.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-20-2010
Downey's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Muncy, PA
Posts: 8,470
seed pm jason there is more than one at harrys and he is going sunday
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-21-2010
seed60's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (15)
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Mooresville, NC
Posts: 5,584
Quote:
Are gas tank skids hard to come by? There is another yard that has an FX4 in it that may or may not have a tank skid. If they're super rare I can grab another one.
They're rare enough. If you do go back and get it I'll take it.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-21-2010
dixie_boysles's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: NC
Posts: 3,778
very nice man. btw, you need a signature! i wanted to know what year your truck was, what size wheels you have, etc, but dont know unless you have a sig! Also, looks like me and yuo are trying to go the same route for our rangers. chrome grille w/ stainless hooks, and polished wheels (whenever i get them..lol). i love my LII Tow hooks, but I have the 05+
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-21-2010
dan24's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 483
wicked grille guard! im looking for one aswell :)
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 04-21-2010
Fx4wannabe01's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (23)
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Boring, Oregon
Posts: 21,721
Looks good! Those tank strap mounted ones are a *****. lol. I've got one just sitting ever since I found the bolt-onto-frame style one and tossed it on the truck.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 04-21-2010
Toms994x4's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (4)
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Sanford, NC
Posts: 1,300
My 98 has the t-case and gas tank skid stock. Whoever thinks that t-case skid is useless is crazy. Mine got scraped to hell this passed weekend.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 04-22-2010
Ranger_Envy's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Newton, Ks
Posts: 845
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fx4wannabe01 View Post
Looks good! Those tank strap mounted ones are a *****. lol. I've got one just sitting ever since I found the bolt-onto-frame style one and tossed it on the truck.
Whats the problem with the strap ones? It looks like they might be prone to getting caught on things as they really stick out. I thought it would be a pain to install but it only took me about 15 mins. Drop the driveshaft and the impact made short work of them. I was out of town all day for work so this morning when I got in I found a box on my desk. It has my Lvl II tow hooks and they're in great shape. These things weigh a ton. I always figured they were light weight and flimsy but obviously not. I cant wait to get these things installed. Any tips on the best method of attack? I've never really looked at how you'd get to the bolts on them.

Last edited by Ranger_Envy; 04-22-2010 at 08:08 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 04-22-2010
dixie_boysles's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: NC
Posts: 3,778
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ranger_Envy View Post
Whats the problem with the strap ones? It looks like they might be prone to getting caught on things as they really stick out. I thought it would be a pain to install but it only took me about 15 mins. Drop the driveshaft and the impact made short work of them. I was out of town all day for work so this morning when I got in I found a box on my desk. It has my Lvl II tow hooks and they're in great shape. These things weigh a ton. I always figured they were light weight and flimsy but obviously not. I cant wait to get these things installed. Any tips on the best method of attack? I've never really looked at how you'd get to the bolts on them.
The way we did mine a few months ago was ok. I took my grille out and lifted the hood. The top ones are easier to get through the grille opening. You will need a 15mm deep well socket and a 1/2" drive ratchet (a must) They are a PAIN IN THE **** to break loose because there is loctite on them (mine were). You will also need to unbolt trans cooler on passenger side and drop it (do not remove hoses, just move out of way). Basically that takes care of the top bolts.

The bottom bolts, i tried different methods and found that this worked best. you will need a 15mm stubby wrench and a dead blow hammer. just put the wrench on and break smack with hammer. We pretty much had to loosed the bolts almost ALL THE WAY out doing this because a impact gun or ratchet wouldn't do it.

Now just remove all the bolts like above and take off factory tow hooks. And put on new ones and put all back together.

Im not sure, but some guys said that you may have to notch your valance to fit the 01-04 LII tow hooks. Id put them on first and trim as needed if so.

heres mine:

FACTORY:
Name:  IMG00093.jpg
Views: 97
Size:  91.2 KB

07 LII Tow Hooks
Name:  L01lZGlhIENhcmQvQmxhY2tCZXJyeS9waWN.jpg
Views: 101
Size:  77.0 KB

INSTALLED
Name:  DSCF0266.jpg
Views: 98
Size:  169.1 KB

Name:  DSCF0265.jpg
Views: 97
Size:  139.6 KB
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 04-22-2010
dixie_boysles's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: NC
Posts: 3,778
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ranger_Envy View Post
Whats the problem with the strap ones? It looks like they might be prone to getting caught on things as they really stick out. I thought it would be a pain to install but it only took me about 15 mins. Drop the driveshaft and the impact made short work of them. I was out of town all day for work so this morning when I got in I found a box on my desk. It has my Lvl II tow hooks and they're in great shape. These things weigh a ton. I always figured they were light weight and flimsy but obviously not. I cant wait to get these things installed. Any tips on the best method of attack? I've never really looked at how you'd get to the bolts on them.
The way we did mine a few months ago was ok. I took my grille out and lifted the hood. The top ones are easier to get through the grille opening. You will need a 15mm deep well socket and a 1/2" drive ratchet (a must) They are a PAIN IN THE **** to break loose because there is loctite on them (mine were). You will also need to unbolt trans cooler on passenger side and drop it (do not remove hoses, just move out of way). Basically that takes care of the top bolts.

The bottom bolts, i tried different methods and found that this worked best. you will need a 15mm stubby wrench and a dead blow hammer. just put the wrench on and break smack with hammer. We pretty much had to loosed the bolts almost ALL THE WAY out doing this because a impact gun or ratchet wouldn't do it.

Now just remove all the bolts like above and take off factory tow hooks. And put on new ones and put all back together.

Im not sure, but some guys said that you may have to notch your valance to fit the 01-04 LII tow hooks. Id put them on first and trim as needed if so.

heres mine:

FACTORY:
Name:  IMG00093.jpg
Views: 100
Size:  91.2 KB

07 LII Tow Hooks
Name:  L01lZGlhIENhcmQvQmxhY2tCZXJyeS9waWN.jpg
Views: 115
Size:  77.0 KB

INSTALLED
Name:  DSCF0266.jpg
Views: 106
Size:  169.1 KB

Name:  DSCF0265.jpg
Views: 103
Size:  139.6 KB
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 06-16-2010
ranger4.0's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: cambridge, ontario
Posts: 3,922
you do know you can take all the bolts out of the tow hook brackets with a socket and ratchet from under the front bumper? not hard at all... just use a propane torch to heat each bolt first and they come right out. none of this removing the grill and hammer crap
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 06-16-2010
Ranger_Envy's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Newton, Ks
Posts: 845
Quote:
Originally Posted by ranger4.0 View Post
you do know you can take all the bolts out of the tow hook brackets with a socket and ratchet from under the front bumper? not hard at all... just use a propane torch to heat each bolt first and they come right out. none of this removing the grill and hammer crap
Yeah I was a tad worried about how tough they'd be to get out as I've heard people say they're a *****. Mine came out super easy and the Level II hooks are on now.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 06-16-2010
Member
iTrader: (3)
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: 559, CA
Posts: 1,174
I just want to know how you find 05 FX4s at the JY when I can't find a Ranger newer than 1987 at my local yards. That makes me insanely jealous

Last edited by gts007; 06-16-2010 at 11:43 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 06-16-2010
Ranger_Envy's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Newton, Ks
Posts: 845
Quote:
Originally Posted by gts007 View Post
I just want to know how you find 05 FX4s at the JY when I can't find a Ranger newer than 1987 at my local yards. That makes me insanely jealous
LOL, I know how you feel except I feel that way about Level II's. I know when I first found this 05 FX4 I thought it was so rare and had so many cool parts on it. Then I learned its more or less just some skid plates with decals on the bed sides. I've ran across a handful of 03+ FX4's in the yards now. Why they can't ever be 02 FX4's I'll never know. Now I'm just jealous of these guys that run across the Level II's as I really want a rear end out of one.
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 06-16-2010
Member
iTrader: (3)
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: 559, CA
Posts: 1,174
omg. really? If that's your gripe then you have no idea how good you've got it. I'd kill just to find an 01 XL Ranger around here. But even that's a pipe dream.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
In the process of a few mods, what i'm doing and a few ideas! opinions please! MrDeeds Exterior Semi-Tech 4 02-01-2012 08:18 PM
My Ranger before mods, mods soon to come webb Snapshots 6 02-23-2011 09:12 AM
Mods Mods Mods oh my! ShadowRanger08 Snapshots 37 12-27-2009 10:43 PM
After 6 months and No Mods Finally New Mods SteveOh Snapshots 19 08-19-2009 04:08 PM
A few new Mods.... W1CKY General Technical & Electrical 1 08-29-2005 01:11 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:58 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.