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Multiple questions/problems, any answers appreciated!

Im gonna list a couple questions, if u know the answer please let me know. I'm new to the forum, so any help is appreciated, you guys have been awesome!
It's a 2004 edge 4.0 v6

1. I have a squeaking noise from my engine bay which I assume is the belt, do i just grease it with belt dressing in order to quiet it down?
2. I want to do a straight pipe, is it gonna sound decent? I watched some youtube videos but I don't know for sure until I actually hear it for myself, opinions welcome
3. What is the cheapest way to get fender flares(most importantly), a bull bar, and tube steps? These things are more money than I have, do junkyards have these items? Also looking for one of those expensive aftermarket bumpers, do those ever go up for sale?
4. Where is a good place to mount a switch panel? I want one of the backlit ones but don't know where to put it in order to toggle light bars and wheel well lights and things of that nature
Any info is appreciated, I am a student, its my first car, trying to keep costs as little as physically possible, thanks
 
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1. When engine is COLD, I would loosen fan belt and remove it from pulleys
Start engine, confirm there is NO squeaking, you can only run the engine without fan belt for 1 minute or so
If no squeaking then shut off engine
Spin a few of the pulleys by hand, tensioner and idler pulleys often squeak and need to be replaced
Also spin alternator
Power steering pump can't be turn by hand
Look at the fan belt for cracks

2. exhaust sound is a personal choice, there is no "good exhaust sound" in my opinion, the quieter the better, many don't agree with me, lol.
The larger diameter the pipe the lower frequency you will get
Think "Pipe Organ", shorter smaller diameter high notes, longer larger diameter low notes
So go with larger diameter if you want the rumble

3. yes, wrecking yards and craigslist, are your best bets for used parts

4. pillar mounted switches are OK, it is an unused space, they come in quite a few styles
Seen here: https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/pVUAA...zRx/s-l300.jpg

More ideas here: https://www.ranger-forums.com/genera...acement-65482/

Putting in an overhead console is a good upgrade and new switches can be added there, how to here: https://therangerstation.com/Magazin...ad_console.htm
 
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Thank you!
 
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As RonD has stated, and as usual a great amount of info, but number two is as stated by Ron a personal thing but straight pipes are just plain old noise, and too loud no matter which way you hear it !
If you want a little more power sound coming from the exhaust, go to the Web, look for different Exhausts for the Ranger, and listen to the sounds you get.
A nice turbo muffler can produce a good sound with tail pipes.

My choice in Manufactures of Turbo Mufflers is DynoMax, I used a set on my first 5.0L swap and will be using them on my latest piece of work.

There is one more thing I need to mention, a V-6 DOES not in any way sound like a V-8, no matter which exhaust you use, so if you are after a V-8 sound you are headed in the wrong direction.

Good Luck on your decision.
 

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Good info guys, thanks
 
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(giggling a little with the former reply on number two )

For #number four, I've seen some switch panel installs using an aftermarket stereo in a single DIN size (stock is similar to double DIN), and using that space underneath where you can put a row of toggles or rockers or pushbuttons.

I've also seen toggles installed on the driver door, but personally, I see the install of fishing all that wiring through a little grommet from the door to the body a pain where behind the dash will look cleaner. My preference.
 
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Me again, Switches can be put anywhere you want them... IF you can modify the area you want to put them in.
If you have or are looking at a switch panel, and want to fit a particular Panel in your truck... that is something you need to do some measuring and determine where you have the room to fit it. If you have the little Cubby next to the Air Bag Switch, you can move the Air bag switch (make sure the battery is disconnected), and make or fit a panel to the entire width of that area... something I am working on too. You can mount a purchased panel under that same area or to the floor with an L-Bracket, your imagination and mechanical ability are your only limiting factors.

I used the OHC display area, I installed an OHC, took out the Display and added some switches and Long Wiring, I think I used four switches with mini LEDs for indicators.
The only limiting factor is you and your ideas !

If you decide to make your own panel, you will need a piece of aluminum for the panel, switches, wiring, some ty-wraps, and then relays for each of the components you wan to hook up, usually one relay per switch. The relays maybe supplied with the Lights and what ever you hookup.
You can get lighted switches, indicator lights, or anything you can think of to make your panel as custom as you want.
AND you will need some tools !

There are a number of How-To's on the subject of adding switches and wiring them up !
Making and adding a panel can take a little more time and then the wiring can be time consuming !

Any questions, just ask !
 

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And forget switches, they are so......................old school, last year, relics

Google: raspberry pi voice activation

Build your own voice activated system, "interior light on", "fog lights on"

And you can also replace the cluster with a screen to display anything and in any order and style you want, digital speed or speed gauge with needle, your imagination is the limit, lol

That rasberry pi lineup has some cool stuff
 
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RonD,
Can this new system be run off on elf the newer Apps Radios ?

Sounds interesting !
 
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APPS Radio?

ELF extra low frequency?

Raspberry Pi is just a smaller less expensive computer system with a truck load of add-ons and free software that DIYers have been, and are, taking to extremes
They came out in 2012 and are a DIYers dream even if you don't know about computers, that was the point of making these, educational, most of the things you do are so simple you don't think of it as learning, lol

Product page here: https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/

But this is just the Raspberry products, there is a load of 3rd party stuff
 
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Interesting but to an old guy it is a little much to apprehend which h route is the best and which might work on a Truck system, but it does bring out a lot of ideas.

I stopped updating the old mind with computer stuff a short while ago and it seems there have been leaps and bounds in the this field since !

I will be reading the about the Raspberry Pi and look at application in the Truck World.

I like this new idea but I still like the look of a well designed Switch Panel and the wiring it takes to put it in place.

Just something about the indicator lights, the aircraft style switches and GAUGES..., gauges all over the place that give me a warm feeling.

Thanks for the new reading material, I will read into it and see where it takes me... to a well controlled vehicle or never, never land.

Thx / ltr
 
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RangerNick04,

I like switches as posted above but RonD's ideas of voice activation of functions within the truck sound interesting and IT MIGHT pay off in the long run.

You are young and you are in the Information Age of Voice Activation, think on it before installing the tired and true methods of manual switching... !

The newer Apps Radios with Voice activation are great, my Wife's Car has it and it intrigues me, but how to go about this new technology is beyond me at this point in time.

Good Luck on your modifications, take your time, Do It Right The First Time... it will save you in the long run !
 
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As for the serpentine belt just change it. $15 and a ten minute job. Just changed mine because on start up it whined a bit but, wasn't in bad shape. Changed belt no whine all good.
 
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Thank you everyone! That voice activation thing is pretty crazy, probably more than I would need honestly, but a really cool idea and I'm gonna consider it
 
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lol, I was just having some fun

Automated vehicles will be here soon enough

There are Bluetooth relays like this one: https://ozrobotics.com/shop/8-channe...droid-and-ios/

You can control 8 relays on/off via smart phone..................and smart phones have voice recognition software already.......................

2 channel here:
Amazon Amazon

One thing this could be used for is anti-theft, maybe have bluetooth relay disable fuel pump relay so YOUR phone needs to be in range of bluetooth to turn it back on
 
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The future is coming...

I still live in 1995 LOL

I'm a blonde, so speaking isn't my strong suit

My motor skills are up to par with the best 4th grader on the planet, so I'll have illuminated rockers soon.

Illuminated because my locating-by-touch skill isn't the best.
 
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