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Old 12-22-2010
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Lifts, regearing, engine swaps, trans rebuilds, engine rebuilds, 4x4 swaps...i do everything at home except tire balancing (i mount as many as i can at home) custom exhaust, and alignments. I have never taken a vehicle in for any other sort of service.
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Old 12-22-2010
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Originally Posted by 05blackranger View Post
x2 on the engine and transmission stuff. I usually bring it to the shop in those cases because I don't have the time to tear into it that deep with work and school and whatnot.
Yeah drive-train internals is about my limit as well. And tire mounting and balancing.
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Old 12-22-2010
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i do all my own work unless its something under warranty then i take it in. for stuff like new tires obviously i take it to a friends shop so its dirt cheap.
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Old 12-22-2010
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I am a oil change / break pad / tire rotation / belts / hoses kinda guy. I took it in for the cam synchro because I did not trust myself to get it right. Thats not something to mess around with. I do the little stuff.
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Old 12-22-2010
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Originally Posted by The SuperDookie Ranger View Post
The black fluid is called oil, just saying
it was gunking up my engine. my engine runs really hot now that i did that. im not to sure why that is.
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Old 12-22-2010
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I've defiantly torn stuff apart without any knowledge of what im doing. but to be honest, as long as you take care and document certain things (for me, its just taking it apart so i know where the stuff goes when i have to re-build) and always have someone or something to consult, you should be fine.
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Old 12-22-2010
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I normally do EVERYTHING myself but just recently i started bringing my truck to Ford to have the tires rotated and oil changed. I get it done under the table for nothing. Just hook the mechanic up with a 20.

In my shop i have plugs, wires, fuel filter, tranny filter, tranny fluid, rearend fluid, and front 02 sensors i will be installing all myself next weekend!

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Old 12-29-2010
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Originally Posted by 01_ranger_4x4 View Post
i do all the work on my own vehicles. i dont trust the dealer or mechanics, plus im a cheap ***.
hahaha me too man
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Old 12-29-2010
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i did the front brakes. oil changes right now are being done by the dealer since i still have warrenty left. after the next one, i'll be doing them. they (dealer) told me i need an alignment, rear brakes and something else on my next visit. my tire wear is even and my rear brakes i'll do at a later date.

i've done minor things in the past such as oil changes and brakes but always gotten rid of the vehicle before something major happened. the ranger, i'll be doing more work myself. i'm cheap and i'm pretty confident about doing things and have always torn things apart to see how they work. i've been told that i should have been an engineer but my math was never strong enough.
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Old 12-29-2010
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i do the little stuff by myself. i can do alot more just chose not to. time is important to me. i save a percentage of my check every week, for taxes, insurance, and such. if something comes up, i have the money to buy the parts, or have it done. either way it works for me. im still cheap though, try to save all i can. got rear breaks coming up soon, will do that myself. weekends are when i try to work on things. during the week though, diff story. sometimes ya cant put it off.
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Old 12-29-2010
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Makes you believe that there is no price to high for some guys when it come to their truck. I bought mine new and put in about $500 for bed liner and bed cover the first week I got it. During the first winter I got new rims and tires for it just for summer driving. The next go round was chrome grill and paint to match bumpers and 08 fog lights. Didn't take long for the wallet to dry up!!!! I'm still thinking about changing the exhaust as of this week. You should never add up the money you put in to something, its my daily driver and its sits outside 24/7 now since we got the 89 Gt convertible 2 years ago. Thats another passion draining wallet project, $199.87 just this week and I won't be driving it till April!!!! WOW.....Well its what keeps us separated from the rest who just take it in to get it fixed. I know I can't take a wheel off a rim and I can't spray a bed line on or get parts for cost from just any Ford dealer like I can where my friend who is the parts department manager. I keep telling myself "thats it" no more money into it, till I see something that makes me think that would look good on my truck or car too....
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Old 12-29-2010
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This forum has helped me do a lot of stuff myself. I do mostly little stuff, but Im learning how to do big stuff. Id love another DD so I could really get into my truck.
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