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the shorter the better its called weight transfer. the more weight you can get over the rear tires the fastest the best traction and launch you will get.
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watch this video..doesn't look like he has a problem hooking up...didnt even heat up the tires either

http://videos.streetfire.net/video/8...8300f0ab2c.htm
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if i was gonna get serious enough to build a drag vehicle.. it wouldnt be a truck at all, unless thats just what you want..
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I am building a truck as a change of pace. My first car for drag racing was a 67 396 SS chevelle, my next car was a 66 mustang, then a 68 mustang, and then a nova. Everyone can get a car in the 10-11 second range, but not everyone wants a truck that can do that, especially a ranger. I want to be a little different. I grew up around drag racing, my dad raced top fuel dragsters. Just my opinion, but I would rather be a little different than the "average crowd" if ya know what I mean
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I am building a truck as a change of pace. My first car for drag racing was a 67 396 SS chevelle, my next car was a 66 mustang, then a 68 mustang, and then a nova. Everyone can get a car in the 10-11 second range, but not everyone wants a truck that can do that, especially a ranger. I want to be a little different. I grew up around drag racing, my dad raced top fuel dragsters. Just my opinion, but I would rather be a little different than the "average crowd" if ya know what I mean
I believe I know EXACTLY how you feel about wanting to be ' different '. Its embarrasing for those ' car ' owners to loose to a ' ranger truck ' on the streets.
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D, you got the right idea LOL Just tired of seeing these lil imports that think they can outrun anyone, anytime, anywhere. I have a 2001 F150 Supercrew, and a little riced out neon went zippin by me, and I was in St Louis....well, on my back glass I have a "back off city boy" sticker, along with a couple "cowboy up" stickers and so on, well he slows down, gets next to me, and start revving up his engine going 70 down the highwway, and I can hear his turbo whistling.

The F150 is all stock with the exception of a cold air intake and exhaust, and it has the 5.4 in it. I ran off and left him, he caught up to me at Lowe's and asked me what I had in the truck, I pointed to the "back off city boy" sticker and walked off, it was great!! Anyway, I want to be able to do the same with a "sleeper" style ranger, and a quiet exhaust that will run 10.5-11.0 sec quarter mile passes.

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Anyway, I want to be able to do the same with a "sleeper" style ranger, and a quiet exhaust that will run 10.5-11.0 sec quarter mile passes.
What do they call the exhaulst that you can switch it from full exhaulst to open headers?

That would be a rude awakening
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a cutout? Of course this has the wingnuts on it, but they do have electric ones as well, where you can just flip a switch in the cab and the exhaust "opens up" so to speak

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a cutout? Of course this has the wingnuts on it, but they do have electric ones as well, where you can just flip a switch in the cab and the exhaust "opens up" so to speak

Yup that is what I ment, I couln't think of the technical term.

I would get the switch one. Wouldn't that be funny....pull up to a light with your silent stock v 8 sounding exhaulst, a ricer revs his fart pipe then all of a sudden a huge rumble comes out of now where
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The more and more I think about building this truck the more I want to keep it street legal just for purposes like that LOL. But yes, I have thought about cutouts, and the local exhaust shop quoted me $30 to make 2 of them, wingnut style, in 2.5" pipe.
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If I had to build a Ranger for strip use only.. and I had a choice of any out there.. It would be a 93, reg cab. Many v8 swaps have already been done to them and documented. They are pretty light compared to a reg cab. Stay AWAY from a ' splash ' as their beds weigh more then a regular tin/sheetmetal one.

actually they are lighter, have you tried to lift both? i know for a fact the styleside is heavier compared to a flareside.
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if I had that kind of money on hand, trust me it would be sold LOL. Besides, building, and putting my own sweat, blood, and beers, err....tears into something means more to me thn just spending money, but good luck on the sale, I will keep my eye open for anyone looking for something like that though
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im building a reg. cab ranger for drag aswell. and if your tubing it out,weelies sure do look cool!!!
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I am tubing it, but I need to find the right rear suspension set up, to where I dont need wheelie bars
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look through this site for ideas. I bought a roll cage from them:

http://www.swracecars.com/shopdispla...+Frame+Package
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What track is that? 11.006, not a bad run at all with a loaded passengers side spring..
Norwalk, Ohio. It's the Summit Motorsports place.
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The more and more I think about building this truck the more I want to keep it street legal just for purposes like that LOL. But yes, I have thought about cutouts, and the local exhaust shop quoted me $30 to make 2 of them, wingnut style, in 2.5" pipe.
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I'm a firm believer in streetability..............if I wanta go out & play with the ricers & stangs on Wed, then I'm headin out, ain't no waitin till Fri. or Sat. at the track for me.................

I started & call mine a SLEEPER, but unless it's sittin in a parkin lot shut off, any moron will know it's not his Daddy's 4 or 6 banger in this 94 Ranger ..................

Here's a vid of my Son's V8'd 93 I was out playin with after I built it 3yrs ago:


Here's me comin back from cruisin earlier this year:


As you can see...........my Son's is more of a SLEEPER than mine
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Thats good stuff Tim. I take it the biggest expense is rear tires?
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Tim, I really like your truck, and it is definatly not a sleeper. I dont think I want to make a "sleeper" I like to see all the "fart can" guys run when I pull up to a stop light LOL. What kind of cam are you running to have that kind of a lope?
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Booyyyaaaa.....................

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Thats good stuff Tim. I take it the biggest expense is rear tires?
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LOL..............as you can see, my Son wasn't lettin the ol'man burn off his high dollar Dunlop GT Qualifiers...........I through on a set of Police car wheels w/225/60R16's on it to go out & play , but on mine, I have Hankook Ventus H101's that my cost was $55 each, so if I feel the urge to roast em, ya know what's gonna happen

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Tim, I really like your truck, and it is definatly not a sleeper. I dont think I want to make a "sleeper" I like to see all the "fart can" guys run when I pull up to a stop light LOL. What kind of cam are you running to have that kind of a lope?
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THANKS! We get some wild looks when we fire up in a parkin lot, you'll see guys pop there heads up and look around expectin to see a Mustang, Chevelle, Camaro, or somethin of that nature & there mouths drop when the lil' Ranger pulls out makin all that noise

As far as cam goes, way to much for a street truck, as I'm not one that likes stall converters for street use...........it was at that time a 300/310 duration 488/500 lift cam...........I'm expectin my new one to arrive tomorrow and install it this weekend...........it will be a 292 duration 495 lift and should be more streetable
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Thanks, I appreciate the info....I refuse to run a stall convertor in a street driven truck LOL.But in any case, very nice truck and nice work. If it is ok with you I might be coming back to u for more info if thats ok
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ive got a 4200 converter in my tbird and drive it 80% of the time on the street. as long as its a lockup converter and a good tune to control it, it will be fine.
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Thanks, I appreciate the info....I refuse to run a stall convertor in a street driven truck LOL.But in any case, very nice truck and nice work. If it is ok with you I might be coming back to u for more info if thats ok
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If you didn't checkout my link(s) yet..........might wanta do that, as ours are not your typical V8 Rangers ............I went for the cheapest bang for your buck!
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Old 11-10-2007
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D, you got the right idea LOL Just tired of seeing these lil imports that think they can outrun anyone, anytime, anywhere.
It's not just the rice with me. I've seen so many big block Chevies..

Camaros, Mustangs, Vintage Dodges.. After a while it gets to the point where I can appreciate what others have done.. but I want to see something different.

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I have a 2001 F150 Supercrew, and a little riced out neon went zippin by me, and I was in St Louis....well, on my back glass I have a "back off city boy" sticker, along with a couple "cowboy up" stickers and so on, well he slows down, gets next to me, and start revving up his engine going 70 down the highwway, and I can hear his turbo whistling.

The F150 is all stock with the exception of a cold air intake and exhaust, and it has the 5.4 in it. I ran off and left him, he caught up to me at Lowe's and asked me what I had in the truck, I pointed to the "back off city boy" sticker and walked off, it was great!! Anyway, I want to be able to do the same with a "sleeper" style ranger, and a quiet exhaust that will run 10.5-11.0 sec quarter mile passes.
Your doing the same thing I'm doing. Its been done before ( as that video posted in this thread clearly shows ) but its not something everyone sees everyday ( endless of course they own the damn thing! )

Theres a guy in my area with a 500+cid S10. He did his best to keep it quiet and to be honest.. I LOVE when he blows the doors off others. Hes a quiet guy whom sits back and has this **** eating grin. From looking at it.. nobody would know the difference till they crawled under the thing and saw the exhaust which is tucked up under the thing quite nicely. No big chrome tips/duals hanging out the back either. Total sleeper. I figured he had a 350 4-bolt mildly built even after hearing it started and wagered with him.. and lost 100$ of my own cash. I wouldn't even call it a race.. it was him walking away while I thought I had a boat anchor holding me back.. it was THAT bad. Definetly a sub 11 second truck even with a traction loss.

I like things like that! ( the truck, not loosing! ). Sometimes being different is a good thing.
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