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you could probably bend the metal with a vice and a BFH....
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I just mounted 4 PIAA 520 lights to my cab without drilling. I used the Q-towers and crossbar made by Yakima to mount to. The towers mount into the door frame and have a rubber pad where they rest on the roof, preventing scratches. Then I drilled into the bar to mount the lights and ran the wires out the hollow tube to hide them from view. The lights are at the front of my cab because I have the 2 door xlt and not the suicides, and for personal preferences I like it better. If you have the suicide doors you could mount them at the rear of the cab. This was my solution to avoid drilling, damaging my truck, and needing the tools and knowledge to bend and weld. Hope this helped.

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you could probably bend the metal with a vice and a BFH....
That's my plan. lol

Of course, I hven't done a single damn thing yet. lol
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I've been turning the idea over and over in my head for the past couple weeks:

Support for the larger "front bar": Magnetic base (but how do I make it not scratch the roof?)

Support for the whole unit itself: ABSOLUTELY needs a backing plate inserted inside the 3rd brake light opening, but I haven't remove the 3rd brake light to inspect the opening yet.

Construction needs to be KISS (keep it simple stupid) because I can't bend or weld metal since I don't have the proper tools. If I design something and patent it, then I will invest in a simple sheet metal bender or something.
I am curious how you going about this because I have thinking about redesigning my 3rd brake light for like a year now. I hate how the Ranger lights sticks out in the back. I like the S10s small 3rd brake light that is flush with the body.

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Go to the junkyard, cut that section out. Bring it home, cut out a section on your truck and put the S10 section in. Good to go.
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Can't tell if you are being sarcastic or not. I was thinking about doing that though haha. Maybe I will put that on my list of thing to do before I get repainted. Right up there with cowl induction hood, 01-03 swap, new doors, new bed, and 06+ tail gate.
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you could add little rubber grommets to the ends of the steel to act as little 'feet' that would rest on top of the cab.. this would take some of the weight off the mounting points as well as take the bounce out of the whole thing.

Also, unless your using really powerful magnets nothing will stick to the top of the cab. On top of that, wind resistance + vibration from just driving down the road will make it move. you COULD bend the metal /cut it, to like a T. Put the T thru the opening then bolt another plate to it.. to give you the U shape to go up and over. Then, add the rubber feet, about every 6 inches. They dont have to be big, like maybe 1/2" in diameter... just something to give that extra support.

Now, to attack it on the inside, I BELIEVE there is a cross member on the inside of the cab, you could attack it to that, or.. drill holes in the roof of the cab and use bolts and fender washers, while being very liberal with black 50year painters caulk....

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Can't tell if you are being sarcastic or not. I was thinking about doing that though haha. Maybe I will put that on my list of thing to do before I get repainted. Right up there with cowl induction hood, 01-03 swap, new doors, new bed, and 06+ tail gate.
I was being for cereal.
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For some reason I must have this. So does anyone know for sure if the F series Superduty 3rd brake lights are the same as out Rangers? Or more specifically my 02. I am having trouble finding part numbers.

I know this is an older thread but no sense in making a new one.
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i THINK its the 99+ super duty lights that fit rangers. I'm going off of this product...http://www.gorecon.com/product.php?pk=83
ps- don't mind that it says 95-03 ranger, its probably 93+ rangers
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I feel somewhat better, thanks Shadow. Alright, I think I will give it a shot. Wish me luck fellas and I will let you know what happens when I get it. If it doesn't fit, if anyone has a 99 to 07 F250 let me know, I'll give you a good price lol.

Now all I have to do is get someone to buy my stupid bed cap.
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sweet man please let us know i have been wondering about this for a while
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I've still been too busy (or lazy, take your pick) to work on this. :(
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sweet man please let us know i have been wondering about this for a while
You and me both. I intend on taking may pictures when it arrives, if not video.

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I've still been too busy (or lazy, take your pick) to work on this. :(
Yeah but you were talking about complete fabrication sight unseen. What interests me most is the spacer bracket thing that goes between the cab and brake light. I am wondering if this really allows a sealed place to run wires to the exterior of the truck.

At this point I just hope it fits. Fingers crossed!
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It is finally here! Took a week for my payment to clear (no CC on my paypal) but it is finally here. When I checked the tracking it said the shipping weight was 10lbs....I thought there was no possible way. Then UPS knocked on my door.



Then I thought "Maybe it is just a big box..." Nope.



This thing is REALLY well built, and a lot bigger than I thought it would be. It even has a support piece with a rubber strip to rest against the roof.



Now all I have to do is get that stupid cap off my truck and hopefully get this on the truck sometime this weekend. Bad news though. I looked at the instructions, requires drilling. It has an interior mounting bracket to support the 10lb chunk of steel so it is understandable. If you guys want any more terrible cell phone pics let me know.

Oh, and I did not pay the $150 for this thing. More like $83 shipped... http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/_W0QQ...KQ3aMEWNXQ3aIT
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I like that... I've been trying to figure out how to support the front, but that looks like it'll work.

Post pics when you get it on tomorrow. lol
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There will be plenty of pics. Sadly though rain is forecast here until saturday evening. Hopefully sunday I will have something to show you guys. In the meantime, I took some scans of the install instructions. I do not have the software on my personal computer so tomorrow when I get to work I will probably make a .pdf version. Right click, 'save target as' the .jpgs below if you cant wait that long.

http://www.majhost.com/gallery/smash...ger/img003.jpg

http://www.majhost.com/gallery/smash...ger/img004.jpg

If for some reason these go down for whatever reason, PM or e-mail me. [email protected]

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get that **** in i want to see this now lol
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Old 09-16-2011
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I found some pics of it on an F-150.

http://www.f150online.com/forums/200...ght-mount.html

Got a guy coming either tonight or tomorrow to look at my bed cap and hopefully purchase the thing. If that happens, Sunday is the day! Sadly I left all my wiring tools at work so my lights won't but screw it they are going on anyway!

Oh and I have a .pdf version of the instructions now. PM or e-mail me if ya want'em.
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i must say i like the look if it now i want to see it on your ranger
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Using the "turtle" method I was able to get the cap off my truck all by myself....and it sucked. No ramps, I just rotated it until one end was on the tailgate and the other above me. Anyway, I test fitted this thing today. You may not be able to tell in the pictures but the vertical support that holds the front light mounting locations seems to be a tad long, and it appears to be the rubber that makes it so. I am tempted to trim it back but I may be able to squish it enough. I didn't want to push it because it was only held on by the tail light screws and I did not want to break anything.





I know the pictures suck but my back hurts and I havn't eaten today. If it doesn't rain tomorrow hopefully I can finish this.
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.meh. It looks alright... but not what I was expecting
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Not really sure how I feel about it. I want to like it but I don't know if I do or not.
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I know I kinda am feeling the same way. I stopped on the way home and when I came out of the store I saw my truck capless for the first time since early july. It just looked so sweet. The thing now though is, I feel like I have to put this on. Not for me but for all of us, lol. If the back mounting tab things were smaller or non-existant it would be so much better. I am trying to think of something I can mount there that would be useful. Lights pointing towards the rear of my truck is something I don't really need and if I put my cb antenna up there I won't fit through the drive thru anymore. F that lol.

Help me think fellas. What besides lights or an antenna can I put on those tabs?
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Lights and antenna's are the only thing I can think to put up there. Maybe cargo lights?
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Yeah I would put 2 rear facing cargo/reverse lights mount upside on that thing.
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