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Removing a supercab from it's frame

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I'm getting ready to remove a 2001 2-door supercab from it's frame and I was just wondering what would be the easiest way to do this. What are some of the DO NOTS?
How many bolts and electrical connections are holding it to the frame?

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Well first why are you needing to do this, like for a body lift. or need the whole cab off for awhile or what?
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Hey guys,

I'm getting ready to remove a 2001 2-door supercab from it's frame and I was just wondering what would be the easiest way to do this. What are some of the DO NOTS?
How many bolts and electrical connections are holding it to the frame?

Thanks in advance,

Brian
if you have access to the lift than thats the way to go...your gonna have to disconnect all of the linkages,lines, etc...cab bolts(some are hidden and can only access from inside truck), and go slow when your lifting so you can look for anything you missed
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Well first why are you needing to do this, like for a body lift. or need the whole cab off for awhile or what?
needs to replace a frame
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Hey guys,
I'm getting ready to remove a 2001 2-door supercab from it's frame and I was just wondering what would be the easiest way to do this. What are some of the DO NOTS?
How many bolts and electrical connections are holding it to the frame?
Thanks in advance,Brian
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Did you get/find a frame or just gettin ready?
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you live close by me, what happened to your frame lol
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I have swapped alot of 98-04 frames. I have a perfect setup for lifting the cabs with 2 beams in my garage. I hook up a comalong in the front and 2 2" wide straps in the back(one on each side). Here's a few pictures...
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When I did this one I even lifted the motor at the same time and swapped the cab and motor both to the new frame.
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This should give you a good idea how high you have to raise the cab.
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Well first why are you needing to do this, like for a body lift. or need the whole cab off for awhile or what?
The frame got bent in an accident.
I found out it would be a lot cheaper to replace the whole frame vs fixing the existing frame.
I can get a new frame for $310 and it would cost atleast $1500 to fix the frame I have now.

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Thanks for posting the pictures wvcat
That looks like one heck of a set up you have there.
I can see from your Edge frame that the front tow hooks are bolted to a cross member.
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Anyway I always start under the hood and pull the radiator and unhook the a/c lines and all the wiring and hoses that connects to the engine. Then go underneath and disconnect the trans shift cable if its an automatic and the wiring harness that goes through the floor under the drivers seat. Then you have to disconnect the emergency brake cable and the ground wire on the passengers side frame(below the passengers seat but under the truck. Next the 6 body mounts. Your ready to lift it up! Here's the things that are easy to miss...
1 The trans cooling line that goes to the cooler on the radiator support.
2 The ground wire from the windshield wiper motor to the back of the head.
3 Ground on the ps frame
4 E brake cable
5 Clutch line on a stick
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BTW check out the inner fender on the gray cab, its bent same as yours.
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you live close by me, what happened to your frame lol
Oh cool, I'm looking for someone to help me swap the frames out.
I was gettin ready to put an ad up on Craigs List. Send me a PM if you're interested in making some extra cash.
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BTW check out the inner fender on the gray cab, its bent same as yours.
Are you talking about the black cab with the grey inner fender?
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Well you could always sell me the truck, I already have a spare frame :)
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Yeah it was a 2wd but the frame was bent in almost the same spot. Its actually DSG(or similar) but the light in the picture sucks.
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Don't forget to disconect the steering shaft.
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Yep I've done that...lol

BTW I have a 2wd ext cab frame if your interested(coil springs)
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Hey guys,

I'm getting ready to remove a 2001 2-door supercab from it's frame and I was just wondering what would be the easiest way to do this. What are some of the DO NOTS?
How many bolts and electrical connections are holding it to the frame?

Thanks in advance,

Brian
Just saw this and thought it might help. LOLYouTube - Jeep lost its top
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Well you could always sell me the truck, I already have a spare frame :)
I would actually sell you the truck if I could find the right 2004 wiring harness and computer for my truck.
I originally bought the truck for the 4.0 SOHC and transmission in other words, I bought it as a doner vehicle.
But after I bought it I found out that I can't use the 2001 wiring harness in my 2004 Ranger because of the different clusters. I could obviously make this work if I put the 2001 cluster in my 2004, but I don't think that would look right.
I went on Car-Part.com last night and I seen where Ford made three different PCMs/ECMs for the 2004 Ranger with the a 4.0 and auto trans.
Here's the ID numbers 4L5A-APA, 4L5A-AMA and 4L5A-BCA & BCB
I'm assuming that if the salvage yard sold me the computer and wiring harness off the same truck then it would work, but I've leaned never to assume anything.
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Whats wrong with your harness? I have an 04 harness.
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There's nothing wrong with my 2004 computer and wiring harness but it goes to my 3.0L that's in the truck now.
I was planning on putting the 2001 4.0 SOHC in my 2004 and I need a computer and a wiring harness that'll work with the 2004 + cluster.
If you have any other ideas please let me know.
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Oh ok, my harness is for a 3.0 so no help there. Maybe craigslist or ebay...
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Oh ok, my harness is for a 3.0 so no help there. Maybe craigslist or ebay...
Actually Car-Part.com is the best place to go but there were three different PCMs listed for a 4.0 SOHC with an auto trans.
I went on Car-Part.com last night and I seen where Ford made three different PCMs/ECMs for the 2004 Ranger with the a 4.0 and auto trans.
Here's the ID numbers 4L5A-APA, 4L5A-AMA and 4L5A-BCA & BCB
I'm assuming that if the salvage yard sells me the computer and wiring harness off the same truck then it will work. I don't see how it couldn't. I'm definitely going to test the 2004PCM and wiring harness out while the while it's still in the 2001. It would be horrible if I did the engine swap and it didn't work.
I asked which PCM I need on RPS and someone PMed me telling me there was a reason that Ford used 3 different computers in 2004, but he never told me why and he also said something about Supercesions. Does anyone know what that means?
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Probably 2 of the pcm's are standard and automatic and the 3rd superceeded one of them with some sort of update. It will be difficult to run the 01 motor in the truck with the 04 harness and computer because you will need it plugged into an 04 dash harness and frame harness(fuel pump). The plugs all changed as well as the fuse box location in 04.The motor swap would almost be easier than the dash and frame harness swap. The you will also need the keys from the pcm donor truck or you won't even be able to get it to crank or run because of the pats system.
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Oh cool, I'm looking for someone to help me swap the frames out.
I was gettin ready to put an ad up on Craigs List. Send me a PM if you're interested in making some extra cash.


are you the one that lives over in hillview?? and yeah man just send me a text, 502.428.1542. my name is Zach. I take it the accident was your fault or just trying to save them from totaling it out and taking it?
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